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Lead Engineer

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

Troy, MI, US, 48098-2863



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

The Lead Engineer is Responsible for leading the activities of product engineering groups relating to the design and development of new products and improvement of existing products.  May direct multiple programs at a time.  Responsible for implementation of design of highly complex components and systems within operational, cost, timing, safety, reliability, quality, manufacturing, feasibility parameters in accordance to Exteriors QSR (E&I’s Operating system) located on the E&I Web and also in ME program folders. Exteriors Operating System is compliant with ISO/TS16949. The Lead Engineer’s responsibilities within these categories are described as follows:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides engineering direction and support to design personnel, including but not limited to the development of preliminary design criteria and concepts.  Oversees and reviews design criteria and concepts of lower level engineers
  • 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 document benchmarking activities.  Develop program targets based on benchmarks for complex systems
  •  Represents Exteriors Engineering on moderately complex technical program 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 monitors 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 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.
  •  Assists in product development cost control.
  •  Responsible for implementation of Customer Specific Requirement per OEM as required.  Refer to Quality per QSR handbook on the E&I web.
  •  Actively participates in continuous product improvements and innovation 
  •  Lead design coordination with Tier 2 suppliers.
  •  Coordinate development 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.  


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


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 travel.

Required Knowledge/Training

  • Advanced GD&T                
  • Quality Function Deployment            
  • Capability Indices CP/CPK
  • Value Analysis/Value Engineering        
  • Design of Experiments
  • Design Failure Modes & Effects Analysis        
  • AE/Finite Element Analysis
  • Simulation Techniques                
  • Reliability Engineering Plans
  • CAD Systems Training                
  • Tooling for Injection Molding
  • Materials                    
  • Six Sigma Tools
  • ISO/TS16949                    
  • Manufacturing Division Capabilities
  • Problem Solving (8’D)                
  • Benchmarking
  • Mistake Proofing                
  • Project Management
  • APQP                        
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Theory of Constraints                
  • Control Charts
  • Cost of Quality                    
  • Presentation Skills
  • Managing the Employee Charter        
  • Team Building
  • Harassment Training                
  • CAS System
  • DIN/Nexprise    

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