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Principal Engineer

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Recruiter: Vehicle Certification Agency
Listed on: 25th April
Location: Nuneaton
Salary/Rate: £42,068 - £46,278
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Looking for your next challenge?

Are you an experienced Principal Engineer who is ready to take the next step in your career?

Do you want to work with some of the biggest names in the automotive industry?

Are you looking for an opportunity to build on the experience you've gained working in the automotive industry, and develop your leadership and management skills?

If so, we'd love to hear from you.

 Job description

The role of the Principal Engineer builds upon the experience of the Type Approval Engineer to introduce increased levels of leadership, responsibility and focus upon quality, customer satisfaction, business development, programmes management, financial control and efficient delivery by VCA's operational resources. Each Principal Engineer will have responsibility for several manufacturers approvals and manage a team of Type Approval Engineers.

This is a permanent opportunity and your main office/workshop location will be in Nuneaton. There will be a business requirement to be based in the office/workshop for a set number of days per week. This will be discussed further with your line manager on appointment. Due to the nature of the role there will be an element of travel involved. This could include travel to meet with key stakeholders. There will also be the option of occasional overseas travel.


Include but not limited to:

   •   Supporting manufacturers in completion of certification activities, ensuring requirements are understood and delivered in a timely manner

   •   Being responsible for programme worst case review, planning, resourcing, testing, reporting, certification, and commercial completeness of transaction

   •   Providing and co-ordinating excellence of service to a client and oversee client programmes to ensure the cost-efficient utilisation of VCA's qualified and skilled engineer resources

   •   Line management for a team of Type Approval Engineers

   •   Working with internal stakeholders to co-ordinate certification planning and, in line with the client's needs/expectations, give due consideration to the most appropriate certification issue strategy (e.g. on job or in VCA office) and the overall certification timing requirements

   •   Deputy Technical manager for VCA MC for ISO17020

   •   Excellence of communication with the client (at all appropriate levels) and across VCA's associated branches will be critical to effective leadership and customer satisfaction

   •   Regular review meetings and liaison will be required

   •   Supporting the wider operational team in the development of internal standards and processes

   •   Principal Engineers are responsible for staff, facilities and training of engineers

About You

You will possess good communication skills (both written and orally) and have the ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders.


Full UK Driving Licence


Have a mechanical/automotive engineering degree (or suitable equivalent qualification supplemented by relevant automotive experience)


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Government Science and Engineering Career Framework: Building and Applying Knowledge
  • Government Science and Engineering Career Framework: Technical Oversight and Management

For further information and to apply, please click APPLY NOW.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 17th May 2022