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Salary: Market related

Location: Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire

Job Type: Permanent

Date Listed: 20 May 2024

Reference: 6538 - SG

Prototype Operations Leader

Location: Sherburn in Elmet – North Yorkshire

Permanent

We are looking for a Prototype Operations Leader to join a multiple award-winning Automotive Manufacturer who is at the forefront of Electric Vehicle technology and dedicated to a sustainable future. It is a very exciting time to join this growing company who are looking for someone to be part of their exciting journey.

As the Prototype Operations Leader, you will be responsible for the functional team, tools and facility, orchestration of prototype builds, maintaining the engineering fleet, provisioning engineering development activity and supporting product launch in the production plant.

The Prototype Operations Leader role:

  • Department Function: Define, plan, build and maintain vehicle, system and component level prototype properties to support the engineering product development process. Assure the product creation transition into series production, by collaborating with manufacturing process engineering to generate and validate production processes and facility.
  • Role Function: Orchestrate the functional team of coordinators and technicians to plan, track, report, build and maintain prototype development properties. Responsible for all prototype activity to support the pre-production development phases, delivering to specification, on schedule and within budget. Act as primary R&D contact for product launch support in the production facility. 
  • Define and control the prototype build plan, that aligns into the master project plan.
  • Own the prototype creation and operational budget, including resource planning.
  • Orchestrate the verification of specifications to ensure vehicle meets the product definition pedigree able to fulfil the DVP test requirements and the test specification objectives.
  • Steer and validate all prototype build tooling requirements for prototype and bridging parts, ensuring suitability for purpose and effective process selection.
  • Ensure resource capability and capacity for the manufacture of prototype and bridging parts, both in-house and via strategic outsourcing where appropriate.
  • Ensure the prototype function to coordinate and lead build reviews, ensuring effective documentation and communication.
  • Steer the function to process build issues and affect resolution progress to ensure quality and the schedule of build delivery.
  • Assure sign Off of build containments that are provisioned by issue owners to support build activity, and completion is tracked and reported.
  • Support system and component level prototype activity in conjunction with suppliers.
  • Form strong relationships with external prototype and series production suppliers.
  • Provide technical support for virtual series builds, DVP planning and analysis of design and development issues.
  • Create and present concise project reports to inform all programmes and business functions, including checkpoints and gateways.
  • Provision for the measurement and development of the prototype function resource.

Prototype Operations Leader requirements:

  • Degree-level education in an engineering field and/or relevant experience
  • Experience in prototype development builds and processes.
  • Proven history of leading a function and people.
  • Vehicle electrification knowledge and safety standards awareness.
  • Concise information reporting and balanced solutions to enable clear decision-making.
  • Operational knowledge of a vehicle workshop environment.
  • Experience working in an engineering commodity or attribute role.
  • CAD / Visualisation software user ability
  • Standards and process creation
  • Comprehension of Software and Controls

We’re looking to speak with suitable Prototype Operations Leader candidates as soon as possible.

Apply now with a copy of your CV to discuss this position with a member of our team.