The Perceived Quality Engineer is responsible for coordinating product appearance definition, verification and approval activities. Job scope includes strong interaction with Engineering, Color & Trim studio, AAR lab, Suppliers and the Manufacturing Plant. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead AAR (Appearance Approval Report) to support PPAP approval;
  • Lead and report Perceived Quality initiatives at Manufacturing Plant evaluating touch, appearance, light and color among other characteristics;
  • Establish and follow-up Perceived Quality database by Program/sub-systems/components;
  • Report appearance / perceived quality status to Program and Management in gate reviews;
  • Ensure harmony between different components within a sub-system;
  • Support the Manufacturing Plant in case of perceived quality /appearance issues or new appearance requirements including new developments;
  • Attention to detail and an understanding of the factors that create a perception of exceptional quality in the mind of the consumer;
  • Understanding the impact and contribution to dimensional variation in assemblies;
  • Understanding of statistical analysis;
  • Prior understanding and experience in how subjective data can be measured or quantified to develop robust, representative appearance targets;
  • Creative, constructive and positive approach to be able to positively contribute to the development of design solutions to meet appearance targets;
  • Demonstration of knowledge in a variety of production and prototype manufacturing methods;
  • Proven experience and knowledge of working across a wide variety of areas of vehicle design;
  • Proven experience in leading, managing and completing projects with appropriate support from management;
  • Prior Ownership of Perceived Quality of attribute deliverables for defined vehicle systems or areas;
  • Benchmarking experience of competitor vehicles and consolidate data to define a robust and appropriately competitive Craftsmanship target;
  • Creation and development of gap and flush control documents and ownership of target to process delivery alignment;
  • Support and represent perceived quality of all relevant meetings with the product design and development activities.
  • Development of verification testing methods to ensure all targets are validated;
  • Drive the closure of perceived quality issues through negotiation, quantitative data, influence and constructive alternative solution recommendation;
  • Assist in the development of criteria and typical sections (CATIA) for components;
  • Recommends and help implement design changes for prototype testing;
  • Research various design solutions for components engineering issues. 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • BS in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering;
  • 5+ years of engineering product development to execute world class automotive components designs;
  • 4+ years knowledge of various materials and decoration techniques (plastics, paint, leather, fabrics, etc.);
  • 4+ years of interface experience with design studio team, cross functional engineering teams such as BIW, electrical and other engineering groups to achieve technical feasible designs;
  • 4+ years utilizing program management skills within and automotive start-up;
  • Experience with GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing), DVP&R (Design Verification Plan and Report);
  • Experience in Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, power Point) required;
  • Knowledge of and/or training in: Plastic injection molding (both tooling and design) Applicable manufacturing processes, tooling, fixture design and product validation;
  • The ability to travel to China, Germany and on a National level within the US;
  • German and/or Chinese language skills are an asset.

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