Principal Engineer, Ricardo Shanghai Engines Product Group, Diesel (Ricardo)
Accountability / Key Responsibilities
• The responsibilities in the role are broadly split into three areas;
• Generating New Business:
• Developing relationships and establishing strategies for success with Chinese customers.
• Applying targetted focus to potential new clients to break in to new target customers.
Providing technical lead in customer sales meetings and responses to RFQs
• Proposal preparation either alone or in team situations for Diesel and related products. (documentation, plans, costing, commercial package)
• Support development of Ricardo technology strategy and product offerings for engines for the next key challenges of the Chinese automotive industry, and promote Ricardo key USPs.
• Developing and maintaining client network and relationships with key client staff relevant to your position.
• Responding to customer requests for information or discussion documents.
• Following Ricardo internal process.
• Understanding of market trends in your sector ie legislation, fuel, R&D needs, customer behavior, customer product range.
• Delivering Current Business:
• Taking lead on small projects where appropriate.
• Supporting project team in delivery of projects.
• Understanding status of all current Diesel projects.
• Maintaining appropriate communication with customers on current projects.
• Ensure that project delivery quality by Ricardo is, as a must, at least satisfactory, through constant customer feedback and internal community challenging.
• Improvement Activity and Facility:
• Deliver assigned improvement projects (generic proposal, legislation links, market data)
• Support Shanghai facility as and when required (ie definition of equipment needs, technical support for test work queries if required, understanding of future equipment to meet legislation on Diesel product).
• Degree qualified engineer with a minimum of 8 years’ industry experience with strong technical background in at least one area of engines specialisation (eg design, analysis, application, calibration).
• Experience in project leadership or system / function responsibility as a customer interface.
• Experience in turbocharged, direct injection Diesel development would be particularly valuable.
• Experience of working in China and developing working relationships with key Chinese OEMs in the pass car or commercial vehicle areas would be useful.
• Mandarin speaker.
• Ability to work in a challenging team environment.
• A track record of product development within the automotive industry, ideally to volume production.
• Capable of representing Ricardo in your field of expertise in a range of customer situations.
• Proven interpersonal and communication skills.
• High degree of autonomy and ability to independently work within a peer network of multi-disciplined teams.
• High degree of flexibility and willingness to travel.
• Robust character with a strong drive and motivation to succeed.
• Great patience in dealing with client and team situations coupled with an ability to accept and positively respond to frequent changes.
• An ability to work under pressure and tight timescales.
• An appreciation of and an ability to positively resolve issues arising from different cultures.
• Being a benchmark for upholding Ricardo values
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