Karma Automotive

Design Release Engineer, Exteriors

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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 Design Release Engineer (Exteriors) is responsible for the Vehicle's exterior components.  Superior communication skills and team player attributes essential.


  • Product Design Release Engineer for Exterior systems including Front & Rear Fascia’s, Badges, Underbody Shields, Engine Cover, Wheel Liners, Grill and Spoiler
  • Work with Design team in setting design direction and leading development of Exterior Trim Systems;
  • Develop targets for investment (engineering and tooling) and parts costs and functional specifications;
  • Assure all Supplier formability, manufacturing readiness, assembly processing and countermeasure plans are included early in the engineering development phase;
  • Track Body Exteriors Open Issues and lead open issue meetings as required;
  • Develop, track and update vehicle level specifications for Exterior Plan for parts timing alignment with overall program timing plan and mitigation strategies as appropriate;
  • Working knowledge of CATIA V5; Knowledge of Smart team a plus;
  • Create tradeoff proposals for Studio and Engineering.  Suggest low-cost material alternatives;
  • Coordinate/develop criteria sections with integrated safety counter-measure features included;
  • Track Exteriors Open Issues via FA issue tracking process;
  • Drive communication/closure of issues;
  • Improve exterior quality, cost and manufacturability;
  • Communicate issues to Studio and Suppliers;
  • Report & escalate major issues immediately to Exterior Engineering Supervisor;
  • Assure Budget, Timing, Weight and Quality intent is achieved
  • Represent immediate Exterior Supervisor/Manager, as required


  • Bachelor's on Engineering (BSME, BSEE) required;
  • 5+ years Exteriors Design Release Engineering experience; familiarity with molding processes, steel and aluminum forming or 5+ years Exterior Component Design/Engineering;
  • CATIA V5 cursory experience required. Expert knowledge preferred;
  • Problem solving experience where issues are unusual and difficult;
  • Previous OEM and automotive experience preferred;
  • Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred;
  • Dimensional Management and understanding of GD&T required;
  • Benchmarking engineering technologies experience, and applying those into the design activities as appropriate, required;
  • Experience in developing (Typical Sections) required;
  • Class A surface development experience a plus;
  • Regulatory requirements experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated technical and professional skills with the following: injection molded components, blow molded components, extrusions, metal stampings, or metallic subassemblies.


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 Recruiters.  Principles Only, Please


Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity 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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