Karma Automotive

  • Manager, Body Exterior

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    Karma Automotive creates expressive and beautiful luxury cars that are environmentally conscious.  We deliver them with personal attention to customers in the global marketplace.  Our customers expect high levels of personalization and customization and we intend to deliver on that promise. If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk. 


    Manager, Body Exterior of exterior engineers responsible for all Exterior components. Superior communication skills and team player.


    • Product Engineering design supervision for Front & Rear Fascias, Badges, Glass, Cowl, Windshield Wipers, Wheel Liners, Front & Rear Lamps, Grill, Spoiler, and Exterior Paint.
    • 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 all Body Exteriors Open Issues and lead SET Open Issue Meetings as required.
    • Develop, track and update vehicle level specifications for Exterior such as gaps, flush and parallelism.
    • Plan for parts timing alignment with overall program timing plan and mitigation strategies as appropriate
    • Verify styling theme feasibility verification (manufacturing, safety, regulatory). Suggest alternatives to styling and engineering.
    • Apply budget constraints as part of the engineering design process.
    • Create tradeoff proposals for Studio and Engineering. Suggest low-cost material alternatives.
    • Coordinate/develop criteria sections with integrated safety counter-measure features included.
    • Track all Exteriors Open Issues via FA issue tracking process. Drive communication/closure of issues.
    • Improve exterior quality, cost and manufacturability


    • 10 Plus Years Exteriors Design Release Engineering experience; familiarity with RRIM, Steel, Aluminum, Cowl Design, Wheel Liner Design
    • 10-15 Plus Years Exterior Component Design/Engineering
    • 5 Plus Years leading and supervising a team of engineers
    • BSME required, Masters Degree preferred
    • CATIA V5 / R17 Cursory Experience Required, Expert Knowledge Preferred
    • Problem solving experience where problems are unusual and difficult.
    • Previous OEM and automotive experience preferred.
    • Previous assembly plant launch experience preferred.
    • Dimensional Management and Dimensional Checking experience preferred. Understanding of GD&T required.
    • Experience Benchmarking engineering technologies and applying those into the design activities as appropriate.
    • Experience in developing Criteria Development Section (Typical Sections) required. Ability to create trade-off studies and provide engineering solutions to Studio. Proven ability and experience working with Studio preferred.
    • Experience with Class A surface development and early clay design confirmation preferred.
    • Travel up to 50% supporting vehicle development, build events, development testing, and supplier visits.
    • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable.

    NO 3rd Parties, Principals Only, Please


    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 may be available.


    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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