Senior Product Development Lead (Automotive Seating)

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  • Date posted

    January 14, 2024

  • Closing date

    January 13, 2025

  • Hiring location


  • Career level


  • Experience

    10+ Years

  • Gender



About the Role:

Excelloit, in partnership with a leading player in the automotive sector, is seeking an experienced and skilled Senior Product Development Engineer. This position plays a crucial role in bridging our client's engineering efforts with their key European customer, focusing specifically on complete seat design and development. The role demands a professional with extensive experience in automotive seating, particularly for BMW, and proficiency in both English and German to effectively communicate and collaborate with German clients.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as the main interface between the customer and our client's engineering team in China.
  • Lead product development for complete seats and sub-components.
  • Direct daily activities of Lead and Product Engineers.
  • Ensure all designs meet functional customer specifications, SOR requirements, and our client's design guidelines.
  • Proactively identify risks in product designs and establish mitigation plans.
  • Maintain strong relationships with European customers, especially BMW, ensuring trust and effective communication.
  • Manage a team of Product Design Engineers and CAD Designers, focusing on functional, program-specific development.
  • Oversee program design status, timelines, and drawing schedules.
  • Conduct and manage DFMEA’s and DVP&R’s processes.
  • Lead Design Reviews and the creation of DVP & PV test plans based on customer specifications.
  • Guide root cause analysis and problem resolution, approving engineering changes as needed.
  • Represent the business unit in customer management meetings.


  • Over 10 years of experience in complete seat design and development, specifically with European customers like BMW.
  • At least 5 years of team leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of IATF16949 system requirements and VDA6.3 audit requirements.
  • Expertise in engineering mechanics and FEA analysis.
  • Familiarity with complete seat and frame design, special characteristics, and regulatory testing requirements.
  • Proficient in problem investigation, analysis, and solution capabilities, including the use of 8D tools.
  • In-depth understanding of BMW’s seat product development process, product and quality requirements, audit process, including BMW GS standards, LH, and test requirements.
  • Proficient in Catia software.
  • Excellent command of English and conversational German is a must for dealing with German customers.
  • Strong communication and team cooperation skills.
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This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a leading team, working on cutting-edge automotive projects with significant career growth potential. If you have the passion for automotive innovation and meet these qualifications, we encourage you to apply!


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