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Head of Mechanical Design

Apply now Job no: 511064
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Gaydon, Warwickshire
Categories: ePowertrain

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:

To be responsible for leading the design and development of all in-house designed mechanical systems for E-Powertrain components and systems. With a relentless drive to ensure class leading design and integration specification and on-time delivery to achieve vehicle attributes for hybrid and electric vehicles on AML programs.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

As Mechanical Design Manager, you will take the E=Powertrain strategy and put in place plans short to mid-term plans to deliver the following activities:

  • People Management of team
  • Lead the in-house mechanical design, development and integration of industry leading E-Powertrain components from concept through to production:
    • Including but not limited to:
      • HV Batteries
      • EDU Systems
      • Power Electronics
  • Lead the team to develop multiple design solution options for evaluation to enable trade-off between various component attributes and their impact on the E-Powertrain system and overall vehicle performance
  • Ensure the team efficiently track and manage all component changes with robust revision control
  • Develop relationships with key external suppliers and technology providers and bring best practice and innovation to ensure AML is at the forefront of technology when delivering E-Powertrain systems. Use these relationships, along with self-acquired competitor benchmark evaluations to advise and support senior leaders to develop and execute the future roadmap strategy for E-Powertrain systems Lead the authoring of design rules and Virtual verification and validation standards for best practice Mechanical E-Powertrain design and development with AML, including but not limited to:
    • Design: Electromagnetic, Thermal, Mechanical, NVH
    • Analysis: 1D, 3D, Physical
    • Verification and Validation: Virtual (1D, 3D, AR/VR) and Physical (Component, Sub-system, System, Vehicle)
  • Understanding the longer-term strategic plan for E-Powertrain, with the Senior Manager plan resource forecasting for future years and programs and recruit additional heads where required to ensure robust delivery
  • Engage and collaborate with wider AML teams and external suppliers to deliver E-Powertrain Components:
  • Work with Principal Engineers and VLMs to ensure E-Powertrain components are delivered on time and to cost and quality targets within the Mission Gateway objectives
  • Ensure robust System Design Specification to define system functional targets; establish regular design reviews with cross functional teams;
  • Deliver high quality 3D CAD and 2D Drawings to achieve static & dynamic clearance targets, negotiate component change in other AML R&D departments if required to achieve clearances. Ensure all component designs meet requirements for Design for Manufacture, Assembly & Service
  • Identify & contain potential quality concerns using engineering quality tools and systems (FMEAs, Robustness Studies)
  • Support Test & Development team with DVP planning & execution & ensure supplier tests are completed on time.
  • Present status at Gateways and support E-Powertrain design reviews, AML Package meetings & SET Group meetings
  • Work cross-functionally with other R&D departments to define EDU mechanical systems balancing characteristics to achieve vehicle requirements for minimum cost
  • Support control strategy definition for the mechanical systems within the EDU
  • Support all Virtual Verification activities, including packaging, 1D & 3D analyses
  • Coordinate system and supplier comparison studies and evaluate RFQ responses to influence management decisions
  • Resolve engineering Concerns (using eCMS) in a timely fashion.
  • Support Intellectual Property (IP) team to protect AML generated IP

Qualification & Experience:

  • Delivery of E-Powertrain mechanical systems for hybrid and/or electric vehicles
  • Deep technical knowledge of delivering Mechanical systems including transmissions, housings, battery enclosures
  • Leadership of product development projects from concept to production including supplier management
  • Excellent automotive powertrain mechanical integration knowledge
  • Management of small teams of highly dynamic engineers delivering cutting edge technologies Hands on experience of working with automotive High Voltage EDU systems
  • Experience of delivering E-Powertrain commodities from early R&D to series production through an automotive product creation system
  • Knowledge of all relevant vehicle legislation and certification requirements for automotive EDU systems
  • Understanding of hybrid and electric powertrain system functionalities and attributes at vehicle, system and component levels
  • Understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different EDU, Battery and E-Powertrian layouts
  • Use of test equipment to support mechanical system testing
  • Experience with CAD (NX, CATIA)
  • Responsibility in Formula Student/SAE team
  • Engineering Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and/or related field
  • High Voltage Live Working Qualification


  • Strong teamwork skills, self-motivated, eager to take responsibility and deliver results with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in cross-functional teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organise multiple inputs into succinct summary
  • Accomplished writer of technical and project status reports
  • Fluent presenter of technical information at all levels including to senior director level at AML and in external companies
  • Ability to challenge experts, consultants and seniors by presenting measured opinion
  • Passion for the advancement of hybrid and electric powertrain and vehicle technology

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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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