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My client is a highly regarded membership body representing the automotive sector. They have a dedicated team of technical experts who help inform policy decisions, work on behalf of the sector, and keep members updated on topics effecting the industry.

For this role they are looking for a technical specialist in heavy commercial vehicles, including trailer and bodywork, for the bus and coach sector, for non-road mobile machinery and for general safety topics for all sectors on regulations, standards, government policy and strategy for the UK automotive industry, developing SMMT views and positions working with member companies, colleagues and stakeholders, and representing SMMT members’ views to government and other stakeholders at UK, EU and UN level.

The main areas of focus for this post holder are as follows, and therefore previous experience in one or more of the areas is essential.

  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle and trailer and bodywork topics, including pollutant emissions, CO2 calculation (VECTO), operator issues, masses and dimensions, etc.;
  • Dangerous Goods and ADR requirements (through UNECE WP15 etc.);
  • Off Highway Engine and Equipment emissions, including Low Emission Zones;
  • General safety topics, such as indirect vision, glazing, identification of controls, camera monitor systems etc.

Necessary Skills:

  • Professional engineers with a degree in Automotive Engineering and Chartered Engineer status (or willingness/working towards to). Other relevant engineering degrees (e.g. aerospace, marine, mechanical) will be considered subject to proven experience in areas relevant to the role;
  • Proven professional experience in automotive industry or relevant government departments, agencies or sister industries. This should include regulatory experience, practical engineering, project management and supervisory positions;
  • Good knowledge of the global regulatory framework for motor vehicles, experience in technical legislation and processes and awareness of current automotive issues. Able to interpret, provide guidance on requirements and shape regulatory content, policy and strategy. High awareness of the commercial and engineering context in automotive desirable;
  • Highly motivated team player with the drive and ability to lead across diverse teams, projects and issues, continuously challenging and developing self and able to motivate and inspire others. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to form trusting working relationships with members, government, stakeholders and colleagues;
  • Excellent communicator (written, verbal and presentational), clear, diplomatic and able to adapt to relevant context and audience. Able to command authority in technical, legal, political discussions, provide accurate and succinct briefings to senior executives, and communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences. Competent in the use of information and communication technology commensurate with duties;
  • Good project management and organisational skills. Ability to multi-task, respond flexibly to needs of business and members, and self-organise work effectively on different projects and issues, follow and deliver on internal processes and timelines;
  • Willingness to undertake regular travel, both in the UK and Europe, to attend meetings and conferences.

To Apply

Please apply by sending your CV to Jessica Kavanagh using the Apply button below. Please quote the reference ‘215/17/PubAffairs’ and include a brief overview of your background and reason behind your interest in the role.

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  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 11:59pm on Friday 2nd June 2017