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Lead Validation Engineer - Telematics & Connected Services

Company: Volkswagen Group of America
Location: Belmont
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Job Description:


Job Description (External)

Lead Validation Engineer - Telematics / Connected Car



  • The Lead Validation Engineer - Telematics / Connected Car position revolves around leading and caring for a team of engineers performing Product Validation activities within the VW brand.
  • This position is meant for someone who has a strong technical background and wants to continue to do technical work but wants to broaden their horizon developing the necessary soft skills required for a future people management position (e.g. mentoring junior engineers, solving conflict, caring for a skill based team and escalate topics to upper management when required).
  • This person coordinates the integration, validation and testing activities for embedded vehicle functions, manages the test schedules of our internal staff and coordinates with our internal customers for delivering and tracking results.

  • This open position is part of a team that focuses on the series development support of electronic/electronic systems with particular relevance to the US and Canadian markets. People most suited for this position are able to derive technical systems from market-driven ideas, assertively work with suppliers building trust and finding common ground solutions in a multi-disciplined environment.

    Role Responsibilities

    Strategic Portfolio/Resource Management



    • Proactively take care of a team of engineers performing Product Validation activities for our partners and stakeholders.




      • Cascade important information coming from up top.
      • Approve time sheets, expense reports and PTO.
      • Mediate and solve personal and professional conflict and escalate when appropriate.
      • Serve as liaison and POC between individual contributors within the Product Validation team and upper management
      • Perform own staff performance reviews.
      • Manage and communicate with the contracting firms we work with.



      • Proactively provide regular status updates to management level.
      • Coordinate and lead local testing planning and activities with Function Owners, Subject Matter Experts and Project Leaders.
      • Setup of master test plan and test management plan:




        • Synchronization of test content with project leaders, functional owners and quality departments
        • Planning of test-drives and test assignments

        • Test execution and ticket management

        • Vehicle/test environment planning and synchronization with system integration and test management departments in Germany and NAR

        • Updating of vehicle/test environments
        • Assignment of work instructions to Vehicle, Methods & Tooling team
        • Parts coordination and sourcing
        • Reporting to Function Owners status of:




          • Test coverage, Test Statistics and Quality of Testing
          • Test Reporting and Synchronization with PL and Project Stakeholders, including weekly test reports











            Qualifications - External

            Qualifications

            Years of Experience:



            • 5-7 years as a Product Validation or Electronics Systems Engineering for an Automotive OEM or Tier-1 supplier - proven record of start-to-finish lead role.

              Education Required



              • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science (Electrical, Telecommunications, Automotive, Computer Science, Information Technologies). Master's preferred.

                Required Skills



                • Excellent English language skills mandatory.
                • Exceptional communication with internal staff, external partners, stakeholders, project affiliates and management.
                • Resource planning and people management skills.
                • Experience in integration and validation of connected vehicle systems.
                • Proven track record of product improvement recommendations making it into Product.
                • Ability to successfully develop and test multiple functions for embedded vehicle products.
                • Analytical skills. Proven record of active engagement in process improvements.
                • Ability to interpret technical specifications.

                • Motivated team player with a "go get" attitude and strong work ethic.
                • Understanding of requirements in an automotive environment with previous engagement in market oriented product development.
                • Automotive Communication protocols knowledge: CAN, MOST, Ethernet, FlexRay.

                  Desired Skills



                  • German / French / Spanish language skills.
                  • Devotion for high quality, ability to find and expose quality insufficiencies in automotive electronics systems.
                  • Knowledge of automotive infotainment/connected car products and services.
                  • Passion for cars and car electronics.
                  • Prior experience of working with OEM design.
                  • Computer savvy with previous programming experience.
                  • Ability to meaningfully assign and delegate activities.

                    Work Flexibility



                    • Ability to work flexible schedule. Domestic (U.S.) and International (Canada & Europe/Germany) travel is required (up to 20%)

                      We are proud to be an EEO M/F/D/V. We Maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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