Karma Automotive

Vice President - Vehicle Line Executive

Job ID
2017-3025
Department
Program Management
FLSA Status
Exempt

Overview

The Vehicle Line Executive will be responsible for leading technical teams, interfacing with high-level design teams, integrating current, next-generation technology, advanced engineering, and be an integral part of new vehicle launches. Additionally, the role will involve extensive collaboration with program management, design, sales/customer experience, finance, and talent acquisition. The expectation is that the “VLE” will, from cradle-to-grave, lead all automotive engineering programs with: manufacturing assembly, vehicle integration, development, and engineering.

Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the President / COO and CEO to set and execute the overall vision of the organization
  • Takes ownership of project/engineering teams by defining and tracking KPIs for success
  • Serves as primary contact for vehicle integration and communicate project status and coordination of open issues
  • Manages the product program proactively to ensure timing and program team objectives are met.
  • Interfaces internally with all departments within the organization
  • Plans and manages all program deliverables
  • Maintains P&L accountability
  • Generates team commitment and ensure APQP and simultaneous engineering principles are followed
  • Follows and continuously improves program management systems, contract review, and APQP processes
  • Works closely with the manufacturing team to implement changes that improve the product quality, reduces product variability, reduces costs, and improves and control process

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, etc.) Advanced degree preferred
  • Must have Automotive industry experience
  • Previous experience in positions leading large comprehensive teams in total vehicle integration (e.g. Chief Engineer, Director of Vehicle Integration, Head of Vehicle Engineering, Engineer Principal, VLE, etc.)
  • Strong background in engineering, design, program management, and launch
  • Experience in vehicle analysis, GD&T, and certification
  • Proven experience in technical vehicle program delivery
  • Experience leading / managing large engineering teams
  • Must be able to lead cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated ability to provide robust solutions to complex problems in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Create and maintain staffing plans for hiring, training, and development of all direct reports
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong preference for related experience in both the United States and non-U.S. based locations, with an emphasis on China and other APAC locations.
  • Preferred: experience at a top-tier OEM and subsequent experience working in a start-up environment

 

 

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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