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Lead Engineer - Active Aerodynamics

Job Number:  18538
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Division:  Exterior Systems Engineering
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 18538 
Group: Magna Exteriors  
Division: Exterior Systems Engineering 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Description

The Magna Exteriors portfolio of products includes access systems such as liftgates, exterior trim, modular systems, front-end modules including fascia, active aerodynamic systems and other lightweight structural components for automotive, commercial truck and other industrial markets.

Recognized globally as an innovator in all aspects of vehicle exteriors, Magna provides everything needed, from materials development and design through manufacturing and assembly, to help automakers create sleek, state-of-the-art vehicles across the world.



Position Summary

As part of the Active Aerodynamics Product Line, the Lead Engineer is responsible to guide the product engineering activities relating to the design and development of new products aimed at making vehicles go faster, further, for less.  This position has the potential to interface with many different stakeholders of projects at various stages of development from innovation, advanced development or series production.  The Lead Engineer’s responsibilities within these categories are described as follows:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides engineering direction throughout the new product development process and supports the design development,  including but not limited to the development of preliminary design criteria and concepts.  Oversees and reviews design criteria and concepts of lower level engineers
  • Understand and lead the team with the development of Actuator Driven Mechanical Systems by evaluating Design concepts on multiple occasions along the program design timeline.
  • Updates and maintains engineering and program documentation, including but not limited to leading the development of DFMEA’s, DVP&R’s, timelines, open issues, budget tracking, GD&T, ECN’s and DCR’s.  Directs, monitors and approves engineering and program documentation activities completed by other engineers on programs
  • Coordinates/facilitates and documents benchmarking activities.  Develop program targets based on benchmarks for complex systems
  • Represents Exteriors Engineering on moderately complex technical programs and major issues both internally and externally with minimum supervision
  • May coach, counsel and mentor assigned product engineers in accordance to Magna Employee Charter.  May Conduct performance reviews, recommend promotions, pay adjustments and monitor training and development needs.  May assist in succession and career progression planning
  • Leads and co-ordinate activities with minimal guidance with CAE, testing, plants, R&D, Program Management, Sales and Marketing as required
  • Leads the investigation and resolves complex components or multiple subsystems and/or assembly problems utilizing 8d’s, DOE’s and other critical thinking problem-solving tools. This includes support of SixSigma projects as required using DFSS tools.
  • Support Program Management with activities as required (e.g. RASIC Chart, Gate Reviews, etc.)
  • Supports prototype manufacturing and build activities.
  • Provides engineering support including BOM development, feasibility studies and technical presentations to support quote activities. 
  • Responsible for compliance analysis implementation of regulatory, legislative and Customer Specific Requirements.  
  • Actively participates in continuous product improvements and innovation 
  • Lead design coordination with Tier 2 suppliers.
  • Coordinate  innovation development of materials and services (e.g. mockups, rapid prototypes, developmental testing, etc.)
  • Supports engineering book of knowledge with documentation pertaining to new product/process descriptions, where appropriate.
  • Identifies best practices and lessons learned opportunities to be utilized in product designs and communicates lessons learned for the benefit of other programs.
  • Identifies and reports any problems relating to the product, process and quality system.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for the performance of this position.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.


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.


Education - Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Language –English, other languages a plus

Travel – Ability to travel as necessary to support business needs 

Location – Troy, MI US (Remote work flexibility per regional guidelines)

Experience/Special Knowledge/Skills – 10 + years diversified engineering experience. 

Required Knowledge/Training


 10 + years diversified engineering experience. 


  • Experience with electromechanical or mechatronic components preferred
  • Knowledge of basic electrical engineering principles and SW/HW development process preferred
  • Kinematics and actuator experience with automotive active aerodynamic systems (Grille shutters, air deflectors & spoilers etc.)
  • CFD and Wind tunnel testing experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with both written and verbal communications


Physical Demands/Work Environment – Normal amount of sitting or standing, average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct a normal amount of work at a computer. May require local travel. 

08--Engineering F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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