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Project Engineer - Exterior Trim

Apply now Job no: 503232
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Gaydon, Warwickshire
Categories: Research and Development

Aston Martin is built upon the passion, skill and creativity of the people who dedicate their working lives to the most iconic brand in the world. Every intricate stitch beautifully expressed line, and the stirring noise of our engines is a manifestation of the desire and collective spirit to create the most beautiful cars: the soul of Aston Martin made real.

Job Purpose:

Design, release and approval of Exterior Trim components and systems to deliver required functionality to agreed cost, timing and quality targets.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Commodity Ownership:
    • Manage 5-year commodity strategy & get relevant new technologies to implementation ready within agreed Function budget, resource & timing. 
    • Create engineering guideline documents and archetypes for platform and non-platform engineered components.
    • Define engineering resource requirements (internal & external) for platform commodities.
    • Manage commodity CAD BOM.
  • Engineering:
    • Ensure components are designed and engineered robustly using standard engineering toolsets.
    • Support pre-production builds, ensuring build concerns are contained and resolved in the required timeframe.
    • Develop concepts in CAD, prior to supplier sourcing.
    • Define requirements for owned and interfacing components.
    • Create and maintain component specifications.
  • Delivery:
    • Lead cross-functional team to deliver components to the programme QCWFT (quality, cost, weight, function and timing) requirements.
    • Ensure that the commodity meets the Feature plan (with the component suppliers), creating & managing recovery plans as required.  Includes releasing components (BoM, tooling launch).
    • Monitor internal & external resource utilisation to identify potential efficiency improvements for the next programme.
  • Validation:
    • Create & manage the commodity’s virtual & physical DV plan.
    • Ensure effective report writing to evidence component and system compliance to specification.
    • Ensure that all concerns and testing issues are robustly resolved.
    • Complete FESO (Final Engineering Sign-off) documentation for commodities.

The post holder will undertake other duties as may be required to achieve the Company’s objectives, commensurate with the grading of the post.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Engineering degree or equivalent experience.
  • Mechanical engineering degree
  • Proven record of delivering Exterior Trim commodities, including quality, cost, function, weight and timing.
  • Experience with Exterior Trim or similar commodities.
  • Extensive knowledge of automotive development systems e.g. specification, releasing, concerns, containments, gateways and sign off documentation.
  • Experience of leading a cross functional team, including complex issue resolution.
  • Supplier management experience.
  • Complete knowledge of Product Development cycle from concept to launch completion.
  • Excellent technical engineering background and a comprehensive knowledge of using calculation and analysis to drive design.
  • Knowledge of automotive quality tools and processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of the manufacturing processes to create Exterior Trim components.
  • Exterior Trim, Bumpers, Mouldings, Bright ware


  • Collaboration – Collaborates with own team as well as cross-functional teams to achieve their purpose.   Passionate about team effectiveness and its delivery which is reflected in results.
  • Customer focus – always focuses on high attention to detail & demonstrates accuracy in their work.  Continually strives for excellence by critiquing own work and seeking constructive feedback from others to improve.
  • Communication – ensures communication has a clear purpose, is factual, accurate & provided at the right time.  Proactively shares information with colleagues & stakeholders.  Excellent written communication skills for requirements writing & concerns management.  Able to verbally communicate at all levels.
  • Commitment – takes ownership of objectives, work activities & behaviour, & makes informed decisions backed by data.  Monitors own projects and work activities against deadlines, holding themselves accountable
  • Continuously challenge & improve – Challenges the status quo- considers traditional ways of thinking and seeks to improve and develop them.  Actively challenges self and others in order to stimulate creative thinking and continuous improvement


  • Competent in Microsoft Office toolset.
  • CAD proficiency, preferably Siemens NX.

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