Karma Automotive

Sr Design and Release Engineer (Seats)

Job ID
Interior Engineering
FLSA Status


Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising. 


We promise to deliver our customers beautiful cars with high-technology and clean propulsion, and a memorable customer experience.


If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk.  The Sr Design Release Engineer ( Seats) is responsible for leading the development, execution, and deliverables associated to Seating Assemblies.  This position is located in our Costa Mesa, Ca facility.


  • In this role the selected person will act as the Lead Engineer for a team that includes a component DRE and Designers for the design and release of front/rear seats via the development, design & release process;
  • Ensure that Design for Manufacturing (DFM) methods are utilized;
  • Leverage tooling expertise & Manufacturing Plant Assembly knowledge to develop Seat assemblies effectively while evaluating cost reduction & quality improvements;
  • Elevate, track & help resolve Interior issues and lead the "report out" for assigned assemblies;
  • Execute the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) with relative suppliers to ensure released parts meet quality targets;
  • Support the program launch, at the plant as needed, while documenting and resolving associated issues;
  • Maintain the Seat CAD assembly in the Product Data Management system (currently SmarTeam);
  • Interface with the Design Studio to ensure aesthetic targets & DFM requirements are harmonized;
  • Interface with the Color & Materials and Craftsmanship department to ensure Interior materials are comprehended and incorporated effectively;
  • Support the application & finalization of typical sections and dimensional specifications & tolerances;
  • Support sourcing activities as needed, including the creation and delivery of interior sourcing packages and by providing educated tooling cost & time estimates;
  • Mentor and train DRE’s and component DRE’s.


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering;
  • 10+ years’ in Automotive Interior Seating, as well as experience in automotive vehicle systems with an strong emphasis on and demonstrated knowledge of automotive interior seating, as well as interior lighting, electrical wiring, speakers, HVAC, airbags & restraints;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Design for Manufacturing, Best Practices, Interior Development Processes, Global Safety Requirements, Regulations & Zones (including FMVSS, ECE/ECC and head impact) Continuous Improvement and Aesthetic Interior Design (Studio);
  • knowledge and experience of sourcing processes, Automotive Interior Supply Chain;
  • Ability to travel nationally & internationally may be requested.

Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions.  Relocation assistance is available.


No 3rd party Agencies.  Principles Only, Please


Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.


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