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Project Engineer – Powertrain Electrification (Inverter System Lead)

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Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Gaydon, Warwickshire
Categories: Powertrain

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Job Purpose: 

To be responsible for leading inverter systems and software specification, integration activities and on-time delivery to achieve vehicle attributes for hybrid and electric vehicles on AML programmes.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:

As Project Engineer, Inverter System Lead, you will be responsible for the following activities:

  • To define and own inverters and their integration into vehicle from concept through to production
  • Engage with AML team of inverter, eMotor, transmission and driveline engineers, and external suppliers, to deliver inverters on time into production, including achieving:
  • Function:  Generate robust System Design Specification to define system functional targets; deliver components and software to achieve targets; establish regular design reviews with cross functional teams; support Test & Development team with DVP planning & execution & ensure supplier tests are completed on time.
  • Package:  Support CAD engineers to achieve static & dynamic clearance targets, negotiate component change in other AML R&D departments if required to achieve clearances. Ensure CAD designs incorporate all Design for Manufacture & Service requirements.
  • Quality:  Identify & contain potential quality concerns using engineering quality systems (FMEAs, Robustness Studies)
  • Cost:  Definition of programme cost targets and working with suppliers to deliver system that achieves these targets. Maintain control of tooling, engineering & part costs via AML’s Cost Management System (CMS) and predict the spend to the end of the project to ensure that it can be completed within the available budget.
  • Weight:  Definition of programme weight targets and supporting CAD engineers to design system that achieves targets
  • Main point of contact for inverter system for feasibility, functionality and resolution of all technical issues on specific programmes
  • Deliver the commodity programme to meet Mission Gateway objectives including leading Final Engineering Sign Off activities
  • Support delivery of inverter commodity strategy with Manager of EDU systems
  • Define & manage a commodity plan for each programme including design & manufacturing lead-times as well as key programme deliverables timing. 
  • Present status at Gateways and support Powertrain design reviews, AML Package Meetings & Powertrain PMT meetings.
  • Work cross-functionally with other R&D departments to define inverter system balancing characteristics to achieve vehicle requirements for minimum cost
  • Support control strategy definition for the inverter
  • Support all Virtual Verification activities, including packaging, 1D & 3D analyses
  • Support thermal modelling of inverter (and eMotors)
  • Coordinate system and supplier comparison studies and evaluate RFQ responses to influence management decisions
  • Complete Change Tracking Documents, Engineering Release Notices & Releases to allow engineering changes to be approved by the AML organisations.
  • Resolve engineering Concerns (using eCMS) in a timely fashion.
  • Lead FMEAs and input to manufacturing PFMEAs.
  • Support Functional Safety, Cybersecurity and EMC activities to ensure compliance
  • Support Intellectual Property (IP) team to protect AML generated IP
  • Acquire and evaluate competitor benchmark information to influence concept creation in early project phases
  • Train, coach and present technical information and share the knowledge throughout AML
  • Develop and record best practices and lead development of inverter design manuals to handle the Powertrain Electrification requirements of today and the future

Qualification & Experience:

The essential areas of previous experience required to undertake this role include:

  • Deep technical knowledge of inverter hardware and software
  • Delivery of inverters for hybrid and/or electric vehicles to ISO 26262
  • Hands on experience of working with automotive High Voltage systems
  • Knowledge of all relevant vehicle legislation and certification requirements for automotive inverter systems
  • Experience of delivering inverters from early R&D to series production through an automotive product creation system

Preferred areas of experience include:

  • Deep technical knowledge of eMotors and automotive HV power electronics hardware and software
  • Inverter hardware and software development for high performance hybrid and/or electric vehicles to ISO 26262
  • Leadership of product development projects to production
  • Understanding of hybrid and electric powertrain system functionalities and attributes at vehicle, system and component levels
  • Understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different inverter and EDU layouts
  • Awareness of electronic management of torque biasing differentials
  • Automotive powertrain electrical, electronic and mechanical integration knowledge
  • Experience in high voltage switching components (MOSFETs, IGBTs)
  • Use of test equipment to support electrical and electronic system testing
  • Driving product development issues to a resolution
  • Strong user of MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience with CAD (NX, CATIA)
  • Responsibility in Formula Student/SAE team


  • Access to Mercedes and FCA car lease scheme.
  • Private Medical Cover - Single cover, Family cover at an additional cost.
  • Health Shield Cash Plan.
  • 26 days annual leave + statutory bank holidays.
  • Company Performance Bonus Scheme.
  • Discount on our lease schemes with variety manufactures
  • Company pension scheme - Initial 3% company contributions rising (after two years' service) to double-matched company contributions of up to 12%.
  • A wide range of discounts with associated partners.

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