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Chief Engineer, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Next

Company: Ford Motor Company
Location: Dearborn
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

64380BRJob Title:Chief Engineer, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford NextJob Description & Qualifications:About FordCome help build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrows transportation.While others are taking a technology-first approach, Ford Next, LLC is putting people first. We are building a self-driving business ecosystem that is purpose-designed from the outset. Ford Nexts strategy is different because we are designing, testing and operating an ecosystem today that is fit for the purpose of our AV and Driven Fleet business model in the future.The Ford New Businesses Platform, Ford Next LLC, has been designed within Ford to accelerate innovation and progress of delivering shared, sustainable transportation including autonomous vehicles and securing Fords place in the ecosystem of mobility through strategic investments and the launch of new businesses. This is a new opportunity to impact the direction of Fords autonomous vehicle efforts leading our AV systems engineering and supporting Ford's shared transportation businesses.About the JobThe Ford Next AV Chief Engineer will lead Vehicle Development and Learning to support AV Business needs. This includes full vehicle engineering, development/engineering signoff; Leading all external PD resources that support AV development efforts; Leading vehicle engineering guidance to pre-program efforts and collaborate with AV Product Planning team.This Leader will lead an indirect team of 25+, driving Core Skill Teams in a matrix format. They will supervise diverse individuals with the team size often varying based on the project and critical multi-functional collaborators required for execution. This model enables flexibility and scale across common disciplines and skills. This role reports to John Davis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-davis-b976843/) , Director, Vehicle & Product Engineering for Ford Next LLC. John reports to Franck Louis-Victor, Ford Corporate VP of New Businesses and CEO of Ford Next.The AV Chief Engineer will lead in a sophisticated technical environment with multiple cross-functional partners, leading a team of resources to assess and mitigate risks, address a mix of vehicle hardware and software integration and deployment issues, champion decisions, and provide final vehicle level engineering sign-off responsibility. They will collaborate closely with an existing Systems Eng. team, providing specific AV systems and integration technical knowledge. Goals for this leader include ensuring on-time delivery of AV vehicles deployed at or below budget, launching Fords first fully driverless AV units in commercial operation with one or more SDS providers, and enabling key business and customer education across multiple form factors and demand partners.Responsibilities

  • Delivery all critical eng. milestones on time while meeting engineering budget and cost requirements to support business objectives
  • Leading Hardware & Software integration across Ford & Argo Eng. Teams, as well as other SDS providers aligned to additional development projects
  • Ensuring execution of on-vehicle design and development align to Product Management, Experience Design and Business requirements
  • Driving the build and delivery of all AV prototype and development builds
  • Leading eng. integration of any unique AV demand partner requirements for in-vehicle content for both moving goods and moving people; supervising delivery of Purchased Service engineering efforts
  • Leading ongoing eng. and in-field quality issue containment/resolution for AV test vehicles in development as well as vehicles used in all business/commercial pilots to enable high up time and customer experience
  • Leading engineering input on pre-program efforts for a future production vehicle with AV Product Planning
  • Operate as key eng. leader and collaborate with Argo AI and other SDS partners
  • Co-leading eng. governance process with SDS eng. counterparts, including vehicle change control and key integration decisions in collaboration with the AV Systems Eng. team
  • Providing eng. guidance to Ford Next/Ford Drive business planning, product and service cycle plan, and budgeting
  • Leading vehicle and AV testing/development and metric/OKR reporting for monthly Business Unit Updates, and related internal business unit reviewsThe position is based in SE Michigan, with relocation provided, as appropriate. The position will require approximately> 10% travel. Hybrid is the current operating pattern until we broadly progress to a more significant on-site work schedule; expected to spend 25-50% of time on site at Ford facilities, or direct Ford supplier sites.Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelors degree in Systems, Mechanical, Industrial or Computer Engineering, or related field
    • 10+ yrs proven experience in automotive vehicle or sophisticated product engineering leadership role, including systems design, hardware or software integration, product architecture/design
    • 7+ yrs of product delivery, concept through launch, and in-market quality deliveryPreferred Qualifications:
      • Advanced technical degree or MBA in an appropriate field of study
      • Experience with automotive systems and vehicle design
      • Experience with vehicle platforms (chassis, propulsion, electrical and underbody systems), tophat (body exterior, structure, interior systems) development.
      • Experience with product prototyping, testing, validation and production
      • Ability to handle complex problems, mange across multiple skill team and satisfy customers with creative and sophisticated approaches
      • Ability to multi-task and drive parallel projects and distributed, matrixed resources with bold timelines and budget
      • Technical maturity, emotional resilience, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be a change leaderWhat We Can OfferAs part of the Ford family, youll enjoy excellent compensation, and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation, and much more. Youll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status. Candidates for positions with Ford must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination plays a meaningful role in combating COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption.Auto req ID:64380BRCompany:Ford Motor CompanyFunction:Autonomous VehiclesSkill Team:Autonomous Vehicles (AV)Sub-Component:Autonomous VehiclesState:MichiganLocation:Dearborn

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