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Engineering Manager – Passive Safety Test

  • Post Date : April 17, 2024
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Job Description

AEX Recruitment are currently seeking a Engineering Manager -Passive Safety Test for our client in Millbrook, Bedford a leading company in the field of automotive development and testing.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily management of a small team of passive safety test engineers.


  • Manage a team of passive safety test engineers engaged in full scale crash, engineering systems and sled testing
  • Safe on time delivery of tests and associated deliverables in a right first time environment
  • The production of budgetary proposal with costing and engineering solutions
  • Engineering function delivered within budgetary expectation
  • Liaise with customers and witnessing authorities to deliver homologation testing
  • Test planning and resource allocation
  • Maintain internal quality standards and external accreditations (includes ISO 17025)
  • Identify capital expenditure needs and draft supporting business cases
  • Identify future training needs and maintain training records
  • Support commercial and business development activities associated with the passive safety function
  • Represent UTAC in passive safety working groups
  • Project and programme management
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with OEM passive safety customers
  • Monitor future legalisation and future passive safety trends and derive investment plans



  • Engineering graduate or able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a product test or laboratory environment


  • Ideally passive safety or vehicle engineering test experience in an OEM (Auto or Aero)
  • Demonstrable team leadership experience in a test or engineering environment
  • Energetic and motivated to deliver in challenging customer facing situations
  • Prepared to work extended hours when required
  • Ability to react to a changing workload


  • Applied first principles understanding of engineering dynamics
  • Programme management with multiple stack holders and high value complex test assets
  • Familiar with high speed data capture techniques and hardware
  • Data analysis and manipulation (Diadem, X-Crash, Cam2Measure advantageous)
  • CAD (Solidworks or similar) advantageous
  • Good communications skills both oral and written.
  • Confident when dealing directly with customers
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Problem solving / lateral thinking.
  • Professional presentation with customer facing communication.
  • Good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Personal Behaviours

  • Customer focused.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • High level of confidentiality and integrity.
  • Meticulous and methodical.
  • Pro active.
  • Highly motivated team player.


  • Flexibility to support test activity both off-site and outside of normal working hours. There is likely to be 30% of work completed off site within the UK.
  • Flexibility to travel inside and outside UK as and when required.
  • Full UK driving license & own transport
  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Records check and Security Vetting
  • NOTE: This position be will based on site but will require periods of working at other sites in the UK.

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