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Senior Engineer - Body In White

Job Number:  45555
Group:  Magna Steyr
Division:  Magna Steyr USA Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 45555 
Group: Magna Steyr  
Division: Magna Steyr USA Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Description

Over 100 years of experience in vehicle production and a broad range of services make Magna Steyr the worldwide leading brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner for OEMs.  Our extensive range of services covers product groups Engineering Services - from systems and modules to complete vehicle engineering - and Complete Vehicle Manufacturing, where we offer World Class flexible solutions from niche to volume production. So far, Magna Steyr has produced more than 3.5 million vehicles - of 29 different models.


Magna Steyr is the ideal automotive contract manufacturer worldwide to produce vehicles with conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains – in some cases, all on the same production line. This further demonstrates the automotive supplier's experience in electrification and electromobility.


Magna Steyr is looking for talented and experienced team members in complete vehicle development who are determined and passionate about developing the next level industry standard for vehicle architectures and production solutions.   In the Body In White (BIW) discipline, the Senior Engineer is responsible to lead the engineering activities relating to the design and development of the vehicle BIW system.  This position has a high level of responsibility and visibility and will interface with OEMs, Magna divisions, global module group teams and Tier 2 suppliers.    


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  


Technical Responsibility 

Contribute to the Global Technical Area (GTA) strategy and growth of the engineering team 

Support Technical Area (TA) core competencies  

Support and contribute to knowledge base of internal and external best practices 

Lead benchmarking studies and contribute to the benchmark knowledgebase 

Propose and lead advanced development topics supporting the GTA 

Propose continuous improvement opportunities to level up team skills, qualifications, tools and processes 

Lead design proposals with set based engineering principles 

Lead designs with 6 Sigma design principles 

Support complex problem solving with cross functional teams 


Project Planning, Target Achievement, Monitoring & Reporting 

Employ technical expertise to lead the engineering development of one or more subsystems 

Support the project team(s) engineering in achieving project objectives, performance and cost requirements, and timing milestones 

Lead external support, services and resources supporting the project engineering development 

Support work development packages assigned to third parties 

Confirm OEM and magna project performance targets and assure the targets are achievable 

Confirm OEM and magna project cost and timing targets and assure the targets are achievable 

Support the Project Manager (PM) and contribute to the project resource planning, budget development, and status reporting  

Be responsible for the release of Computer Aided Design (CAD) data into internal and external sites 

Be responsible for the release of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), simulations and studies into internal or external sites 

Be responsible for designs capable of meeting the serial production tact, First Time Quality (FTQ) and ergo targets 

Be responsible for designs meeting the project performance and cost targets  

Be responsible for designs meeting market region regulations, FMVSS, ECE, CNCA/GB, etc. 

Confirm the Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R) comprehends all project targets and is complete 

Confirm the project Design Failure Mode and Effects and Analysis (DFMEA) comprehends all product risks and product usage cases 


Project Related Interface  

Support and Promote Project and Operations Collaboration  

Lead global development touchpoint and milestone meetings  


Collaborate with Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) to assure production feasibility 

Collaborate with the Design Studio to assure product appearance harmony 

Collaborate with all cross functions to make complex decisions 

Collaborate with the other project GTAs 


Employee Related Tasks 

Ensure cooperation with all areas within the engineering and request the required frame conditions 

Ensure cooperation with project management 

Ensure cooperation with all other groups within the area 

Secure knowledge of development tools within the group 

Ensure training of employees according to the required skills 

Cooperation with all Magna Steyr locations 

Escalation problems at the earliest time with the appropriate team members  



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or physical demands required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Must have a positive “can do” attitude 

Must be flexible and able to course correct paths according to priority alignment 


Education / Experience 

Education– BSME  

Experience - 10+years body engineering (BIW) development 

Experience in Complete Vehicle development and manufacture  

Experience supervising technical personnel preferred 

Excellent communication skills and experience working with global teams 

Experience in launching a complete vehicle 

Experience in design release and testing of components and assemblies 

Experience in ferrous and non-ferrous stampings, hydroform, transfer, deep draw and progressive die 

Experience in composites, Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) and Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)  

Experience in non-ferrous extrusions, forming and bending 

Experience in castings, ferrous and non-ferrous materials 

Experience in welding, spot/resistance, Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Laser and Friction Stir Welding (FSW) 

Experience in bonding and adhesive selection 

Experience in fastening, threaded, riveted, and clip retainer fasteners 

Experience in class “A” painting and corrosion protection 


Special Knowledge / Skills:  

Proficient Computer knowledge and skills, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) 

Computer knowledge and skills in CAD and CAE simulation preferred 

Six Sigma certification preferred 

Professional Communication skills (written and verbal)  


Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

Normal amount of sitting or standing, average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer 

May require local, domestic and international travel – less than 15% domestic + international

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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