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Manager Engineer

Utica, Michigan, 48315, United States
September 09, 2018

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A career automotive engineer that has enjoyed consistent promotion and increased responsibility throughout his career. Acknowledged as a good people manager and motivator with a proven track record.


Highly experienced automotive industry program manager

Familiar with Ford, Chrysler, BMW, FIAT, Mercedes program management systems

Long list of successful program launches in Europe and North America

Full P&L responsibility with program values in excess of $30M

Career History Details

Hanwha TechM, Pontiac, Michigan, USA April 2016 to present

Program Manager

Responsible for program management of several Ford transmission programs. Hanwha designs, manufactures and installs powertrain assembly lines for the major OEM’s.

Supporting and occasionally leading sales activities and coordinating bids for future work.

Developing quality processes and procedures for eventual accreditation for ISO 9001 etc.

Independent Consultant May 2015 – April 2016

Developing business plans and timing for a variety of different clients.

Assisting in a novel gurney for bariatric patients.

Developing plans for a reverse engineering program for a small fire truck for the US market.

Eicher Engineering Solutions, Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA September 2014 – May 2015

Associate Director

Responsible for running engineering programs to time and budget, as well as a business development role to expand Eicher’s current customer base. Reporting directly to the president of the organization.

Developed internal program management controls to aid reporting to parent company in India.

Developed chassis and powertrain business with a variety of new customers.

Supported and lead various engineering reviews for non-powertrain and chassis programs to ensure quality and completeness of engineering.

Developed some significant engineering workshop business.

Chrysler LLC (Contract position) April 2013 – September 2014 Powertrain Integration Program Manager

Responsible for representing the powertrain group in all activities, but primarily in interfacing with the vehicle group. Primary responsibilities included:

Main program responsibility was for 2014 and 2015 MY Grand Cherokee, including the VM diesel launch.

Developing all Grand Cherokee program budgets on behalf of powertrain, and being the representative for powertrain at all meetings with the vehicle group

Managing resolution of all issues within the powertrain group.

Leading all launches at the assembly plant on behalf of the powertrain group.

Horiba, Troy, Michigan, USA (Contract position) January 2013 – April 2013

Sales engineer

Sales and business development role for their contract testing facility.

Developed new sales and managed the customers during the testing in the Troy facility.

Magna Steyr North America, Troy, Michigan, USA August 2003 – December 2011 Director of Business Development

Exec Director of Engineering

Director of Vehicle Engineering

Program Manager

Program manager responsible for the SRT 8 programs with Chrysler, which I managed from the Kick-off through to Job #1 plus 90 days, including launches in Brampton and Europe (Magna Steyr Austria). Won repeat business with the SRT 4 program.

Promoted to manage all chassis and powertrain work, and oversee all engineering programs at Magna within 2 years of joining. This included developing a niche diesel application group to support Chrysler in the application of diesel powertrains into current and future vehicles. Successfully delivered the Grand Cherokee, 300C, Dodge Nitro and Jeep Commander.

Promoted to Executive Director of Engineering and Program management. This included being responsible for all engineering activities and work force management, as well as full P&L responsibility for all the engineering programs. At peak, the engineering team exceeded 130 people. Some of the body engineering programs delivered included the Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger and Fiat 500E programs.

When Magna purchased Porsche engineering N.A., successfully integrated the Porsche team into the Magna group.

Wrote and developed all ISO quality standards for the engineering group.

Assisted in developing a global program management guide to be used throughout all of Magna Steyr. This was to aid the Board of Directors in Austria in understanding status and issues with programs around the globe.

Business development director responsible for all non-automotive business, including medical, military, aircraft, and theme park rides etc. Succeeded in winning a significant program for Disney, amongst others.

TWR Engineering, Leafield Technical Centre, Leafield, Oxfordshire March 1993 – August 2003

Business Unit Director

Business Unit Manager

Manager – Projects & Vehicle Test.

I joined TWR as a senior test engineer, on the Aston Martin DB7. This included managing the engineering sign-off of the program with Ford.

Manager of all test activities and test planning was the next promotion, working mainly with Volvo on the original C70 coupe and convertible. This also included legal and type approval activities.

Manager of all engineering programs and test gave me the opportunity to leverage my experience from my earlier career.

Business Unit Director, responsible for all Ford and North American business. The primary programs with Ford were the advance engineering programs for the ECO-TECH engine, both normally aspirated and turbo-charged.

Developed ISO quality standards for my business unit which were eventually adopted by the rest of the organization.

IAD, Dominion Way, Worthing, West Sussex. UK February 1990 – March 1993 Senior Engineer – Test

Senior test engineer responsible for planning and delivering several full vehicle test programs.

Developed many DVP&R plans for a variety of customers, including Kia, Ford, Yamaha, Mazda and Pegasso.

Became the resident development engineer for high performance vehicles.

Eckard Design, San Andreu del la Barca, Spain. September 1988 – February 1990

NVH Engineer (SEAT)

Contract position with SEAT as a NVH development engineer.

Developed many NVH solutions for the application of VW powertrains into current and future SEAT vehicles, including diesels.


1970 – 1975 Luton Tech. College HNC Mech. Eng.

ONC Mech. Eng.

1969 – 1970 Broardstairs Tech. College 5 “O” Levels

The above technical qualifications were regarded as the equivalent of a BS in engineering when I was being assesses by the U.S. Immigration authorities.

Other Skills

Languages Knowledge of Spanish at conversational level

Computing PC literate with reasonable knowledge of all MS systems and software.

Training Dale Carnegie management development programme.


References from co-workers, supervisors and associates available on request.

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US Green Card holder

Aston Martin/ Tickford Engineering, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

December 1982 – September 1988

Manager – Projects

Manager – Manufacturing

Manager – Workshops

Development Engineer

Development engineer for chassis and engine systems at AML.

Transferred to Tickford, which offered more variety and personal growth.

Promoted to lead the development of the Ford RS 200 rally car and other vehicles.

Managed the manufacturing center the Tickford developed for low volume niche vehicles.

Responsible for all engineering activities with respect to the East Coast Mainline interior systems rail car program, reporting daily to British Rail on progress and launching at Metro Cammell in Birmingham.

Programs manager responsible for all program activity at Tickford, including all low volume assembly programs in Coventry.

Vauxhall Motors, Kimpton Road, Luton, Bedfordshire UK September 1975 – December 1982

Safety Test Engineer

Technical Apprentice

Joined as a technical apprentice (5 year). Graduated from the course with ONC/HNC in mechanical engineering, considered equal to a BS in engineering.

On completion of training, was assigned to the Safety Lab at the test track to run HYGE sled tests and crash tests.

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