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GKN Automotive Chief Engineer – Electrical Hardware Test, Components & Project Leads in Bangalore, India

At GKN Automotive, we are passionate about building Software that solves the most complex challenges in the Automotive industry. We’ve spent more than 20 years at the forefront of innovation, working with most major OEMs to deliver Electronic Control Units (ECUs). Our eDrive technology is now powering over two million vehicles on the road today. The rising demand for EVs has led us to increase the range and volume of our products to our global customers.

GKN Automotive Bengaluru Private Limited, India:

At our Bengaluru Technology Centre, our culture is centered around innovation. We’ve invested heavily in developing our state-of-the-art engineering lab to ensure our teams have the tools and resources they need to succeed and thrive in our environment.

Working on new product development, our Engineers have the chance to build multi-discipline expertise supporting projects across the full lifecycle, from design through implementation and validation.

Our culture is open and collaborative, and employees regularly have an opportunity to engage with Leaders, provide ideas and work to develop these to become a reality. It’s a place where our multi-discipline teams’ partner, collaborate, and learn from each other. Career development is supported by relevant, sponsored technical training, coaching, and access to self-driven training across a wide range of topics covering hard and soft skills.

Role Title:

Chief Engineer – Electrical Hardware Test, Components & Project Leads

Role Purpose:

Managing the engineering strategy and execution of testing electronics and electric components as well as project leadership of electronics and electric components development projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a global validation & verification test strategy for Electronic Control Units and Inverters. Implement this strategy globally to harness efficiencies across products & regions.

  • Provide leadership and framework for manufacturing test strategy of Electronic Control Units and Inverters.

  • Provide leadership to RFQ phase including feasibility and requirements compliance for new electronics and electric components opportunities.

  • Lead teams in their validation of electronics products in scope of HWE processes as well as Electric Components (actuators, sensors, harnesses, and connectors).

  • Provide leadership & framework for a team responsible for project management (MAN.3) and supplier monitoring (ACQ.4) for Electronics and Electric Components development projects.

  • Manage team budget, headcount, and CapEx according to plan.

  • Develop and implement laboratory management standards globally for safety & quality adherence.

  • Lead continuous improvement transformations to gain efficiencies in project management through metrics & reporting, lessons learned frameworks, and streamlined processes.

  • Set goals for Electric Components team on improving product selection for best market competitiveness (cost, performance, quality) and provide leadership toward achieving those goals.

  • Accountability for the efficiency of HWE.4 and portions of the HWE.3 processes. Provide inputs to MAN.3 and ACQ.4 processes to support efficient management of electronics & electric components development projects.

  • Accountability for RFI/RFQ efforts and external spend relating to electrical hardware test and project management.

  • Assign team members as necessary for acquisition projects to support test and project management development activities.

  • Facilitate a culture that values IP generation and drive team toward delivery.

  • Represent technical expertise in Electrical Hardware Test internally and externally.

  • Lead organization of Know How Transfer (KHT) and training and promote a culture of learning within and outside the department.

  • Provide expertise and support for problem solving major validation, verification, and manufacturing test issues.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or equivalent.

  • 10+ years of experience in Automotive Testing of complex electronics or mechatronics products.

  • 5+ years of experience leading teams responsible for verification & validation of electronics or mechatronics products.

  • Experience leading extensive development or test projects for major automotive OEMs.

  • Transformational leader who has a proven track record of leading change and improving the performance of teams.

  • Extensive knowledge of automotive development processes and ways of working.

  • Detailed knowledge of automotive electronics & electric components (motors, solenoids, sensors, harnesses).

  • Ability to lead global teams in multiple regions, and to communicate and network with a global engineering community.

Our Offer:

This is an excellent opportunity to work at the forefront of technology and innovation across the fast-paced Electric Vehicle market supporting new product development across all phases of the product lifecycle. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a flexible working culture, attractive car lease scheme, excellent annual leave allowances, medical insurance, creche allowances, and ongoing career progression and development support.

Our people are at the heart of our success. If this opportunity excites you and you want to help drive innovation and change in our industry, we’d love to hear from you.

About GKN Automotive:

GKN Automotive is a global leader in eDrive technologies, the architects of an electrified future. Our innovation, expertise and global footprint give us the ability to drive a sustainable future, delivering eDrive technologies, competitively and at scale.

We have been inventing the future for 250 years. Our technologies and innovations made front-wheel drive cars possible and all-wheel drive systems more efficient. GKN Automotive is now at the forefront of the mass production of advanced, efficient systems for electrified vehicles.

Through continuous innovation and improvements in efficiency, performance and control systems we are collaborating with global automotive manufacturers, helping them produce the next generation of electrified vehicles. We are the go-to technology partner for leading electrified vehicle manufacturers, with the ability to tailor every eDrive solution, matched to our Driveline technologies.

GKN Driveline provides equal employment and affirmative action opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, pregnancy, or disability.

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