Head of Powertrain & Chassis Engineering

Job ID: #32246

Head of Powertrain & Chassis Engineering


£ Competitive

The Recruitment Bunker are recruiting exclusively for an experienced Head of Powertrain & Chassis Engineering to join their client to support the delivery of an exciting new project.

Overview of the Role

  • Head of Powertrain & Chassis
  • Salary – Competitive
  • Holidays: 25 days plus 8 Bank Holidays
  • Pension
  • Healthcare/Life Insurance
  • Location – Essex

Company Overview

Our client Penso Group is a consultancy, manufacturing, and composite company specialising in engineering and design. Penso has developed skills in project and supply chain management with quality systems and processes to deliver complex solutions to the highest standards and is driven by an innovative spirit, renowned for applying state-of-the-art technologies to the automotive, defence, aerospace, rail, and marine sectors.


  • Company Policies: Manage and follow the quality, health, safety, and welfare policies of the company
  • Lead engineering design and development of components & sub-systems which manage the delivery for powertrain and chassis
  • Lead engineering development for powertrain calibration and chassis attributes including homologation for emissions to meet UK & European regulations.
  • Working collaboratively with key senior stakeholders, to deliver the customer requirements at a vehicle level
  • Work closely with the Engineering Analysis team (FEA) to meet design targets and drive the most cost-effective solutions
  • Work closely with Manufacturing to agree feasible manufacturing solutions and to control the engineering change process. Ensure Design for Manufacture (DFM) philosophy is integrated into Powertrain designs
  • Communicate with the Director of Engineering and Group Directors on working progress and to ensure you have the required level of support and help when required
  • Support Programme team to ensure project deliverables are achieved
  • Communicate design solutions to internal stake holders and external customers
  • Maintain communication with internal and external customers on a regular basis
  • Manage the sign off process relative to your commodity in line with NPI guidelines
  • Participate in formal and on the job training which will be provided regards the use of software and design techniques
  • Support and mentor the engineers within your team with your experience and knowledge

Essential Skills

  • Engineering degree or equivalent within a relevant subject
  • Experience and knowledge within the powertrain and chassis discipline
  • Strong system delivery experience within a major OEM
  • Strong understanding of CAD and CAE Literacy using Catia V5
  • High level of Engineering design knowledge
  • Experience of working in a Powertrain Systems Engineering environment.
  • Experience of powertrain and chassis attribute development and homologation
  • Strong knowledge of system definition, system architecture development, requirements specification, design/performance modelling, systems integration, system assessment and acceptance
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal guidance across a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to manage and effectively lead and direct teams
  • GD&T, can demonstrate good understanding
  • Strong understanding and awareness of design to manufacturing process
  • Understanding importance of managing engineering change requests and claim management
  • Ability to work efficiently within your role
  • Understanding of budget management
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excels in organisational skills and time management
  • Positive attitude towards mastering challenges and changes.


Please note we do not provide sponsorships to those who require it and will only accept applications from those who have full rights to work in the UK with no restrictions and IDLR/Full Settlement status. Please provide status on applications.

Our inclusive workplace welcomes and values all candidates from all backgrounds, we believe that diversity enhances our ability to innovate and serve our customers effectively. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an environment where everyone feels respected, supported, and able to bring their authentic selves to work. If you require any reasonable adjustments to participate in the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.


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