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Head of Thermal Management System Design

Apply now Job no: 511050
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Gaydon, Warwickshire
Categories: Powertrain

For over 110 years Aston Martin has made the most exquisitely addictive performance sports cars.


But no one builds an Aston Martin on their own. Behind these legends and landmarks are hundreds of dreamers, darers and doers who make extraordinary happen, every single day. That’s why the name of everyone who has ever worn our famous wings is inscribed on the wall of our factory.


As we embark on an exciting new era for the business, we need the very best people to write their own chapter on our journey to become the world’s most desirable ultra-luxury British performance brand.


Join us.


Job Purpose:

A self-starter and recognised expert in field, you’ll set the standard, inspire and drive your team to deliver class leading technical solutions for complex thermal management systems.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Setting high standards, you’ll lead your team to deliver thermal management solutions to Aston Martin’s ambitious product strategy
  • You’ll lead and develop a technology roadmap for ultimate performance ICE, Hybrid and BEV platforms - we see a real opportunity for thermal management systems to provide a differentiator in class, enhancing and enabling the full performance to be extracted from our ultimate performance powertrains
  • Look ahead to the continually changing legislation landscape and make your technology roadmap robust enough to navigate through it
  • With expert level know-how you’ll drive a system-based approach, ensuring system interactions are understood and cascaded into robust component specifications
  • Delivery of programmes on time is key to our success, and with real attention to detail you’ll make strong technical decisions to keep the team on track
  • Recognise the power in the team, delegate with real trust, foster cross functional collaboration with openness and honesty
  • You’ll drive data evidenced technical decision making - probing and challenging - encouraging Design, Simulation and Test teams to understand, evolve and develop world class processes
  • Inspire quality in your team’s culture, with strong DFMEA and Design Reviews celebrated as symbols of a right first time approach
  • You’ll strive to eliminate late stage fire-fighting, but when the need arises, you’ll have the calm determination, ability and leadership to guide your team to solve complex problems in a high pressure environment
  • With a keen eye for detail, you’ll be responsible for approval of engineering releases, checking drawing detail, BOM actions and production readiness
  • Ultimately you are accountable for a rigorous Final Engineering Sign-off, and together with your team you’ll robustly align all deliverables to accomplish this on time
  • Developing strategic relationships with external technical partners, and suppliers, you’ll create a network of trusted resource to fulfil your technology road map
  • Using your extensive experience of delivering thermal management systems, you’ll support Aston Martin’s business planning, providing accurate forecasts for Engineering, Tooling and Headcount
  • You’ll define project teams capable to deliver platform specific thermal management systems using a combination of internal expertise, supplemented with external support to effectively manage workload
  • As an experienced people manager, you’ll enjoy guiding, coaching, and developing individuals on an informal daily basis as well as in a structured Performance and Development process

Qualification & Experience:

  • Extensive experience in technical leadership roles of thermal management systems, including electrified powertrains
  • Proven delivery of thermal management systems from concept to production within an OEM or tier 1 environment
  • Management of engineering design teams
  • Proven track record in coaching and development of team members
  • Working across functional teams
  • Deep understanding of high and low volume manufacturing processes eg casting, injection moulding, machining, fabrication, forming, elastomer extrusion
  • Problem solving using structured industry standard processes
  • Managing and developing external engineering resource
  • Following and supporting a production launch
  • BOM management
  • Driving optimisation through CAE
  • Close collaboration with test teams, understanding instrumentation and data analysis
  • Formal releasing procedures and design change management
  • Teamcentre PLM or similar
  • Industry standard vehicle validation procedures
  • Developing design standards
  • Lessons learned and continuous improvement processes
  • Engineering Degree
  • Industry related courses – Project Management, Leadership, FMEA


  • A confident communicator that can inspire immediate credibility amongst seniors and team members alike
  • Able to inspire and motivate an engineering group
  • Expert level understanding of thermal management systems from an engineering fundamental basis
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Understand the link between the technical specification and the component cost
  • Independent, proactive, able to identify the priority action from the noise and drive it to completion
  • Open and honest communication
  • Have the strength and determination to deliver on commitments
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing needs
  • Naturally assumes ownership
  • Accountable for the team’s deliverables and responsible to delegate tasks appropriately


Belong at Aston Martin

We understand that the incredible beauty, craft and art that defines an Aston Martin comes from the inclusion of our amazing people.

We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.  We celebrate diversity and are seeking applicants who can bring something different.  Please speak to us if there is anything you need to support making an application with us.



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