Manager, Powertrain E/E, Software Coordination

Redford, MI /
Powertrain – Powertrain E/E (4067) /
Full-time
Embedded in a worldwide network Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America continuously strives to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. MBRDNA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with key areas of Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Customer Research, and Open Innovation. In Redford, Michigan, the focus is on Powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in Long Beach, where the teams test durability of the latest driver assistant and telematic systems. The Digital Hub in Seattle focusses on developing a cloud architecture and building out the cloud platform for the next generation of connected car services. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad complete the competence center.

The Manager Powertrain SW Coordination Team is responsible for releases and implementations for production and in Series development and after End-of-Production. You will document Powertrain software releases and test specifications. Support SW launches at the plants and track field failures utilizing Daimler tracking process.

The Manager SW Coordination focuses on three major areas:
•Managing SW project planning with the Design and Release Engineers (DRE) •Managing the support of production plants worldwide
•Schedule and Manage/Coordinate SW validation and testing

Job Responsibilities:

    • 1) Manage Project Planning and Support:
    • Create, maintain, and execute the V-cycle master schedule (in R-Plan) in close collaboration with RD Germany, suppliers and Daimler production plants worldwide.
    • Synchronize SW releases of various powertrain components such as engine, transmission, etc.
    • Create software roll-out plan to support the production at the plant according to Mercedes-Benz Dev. System (MDS). This plan is to include SW release deadlines to meet data freeze timing.
    • Coordinate software development and release by relevant suppliers to meet the master schedule.
    • Plan and track software releases cost of development and implementation.

    • 2) Manage the Releases and Documentation:
    • Drive the change management effort including the utilization of NCM, ACM and Dialog.
    • Document part number changes in Product Documentation System for Electrical/Electronic Components (EPDM).
    • Document changes to project decisions and Type Approval Numbers (EROTAN) in Dialog and DITA-Databank.
    • Monitor and document software changes to Series-production Configuration.
    • Coordinate OBD changes with powertrain software releases.
    • Enable V7 and Flashware releases in FRED and EDLS accordingly.

    • 3) Manage the Validation:
    • Create and manage Testing-V plan including schedule of tests, software updates, drive events, optimization of testing, and archiving results.
    • Coordinate Initial Sample Tests on HiL for series-production configurations to determine compatibility and performance of software.
    • Oversee Software System Test, HiL Checks, Test Drives, and Test Vehicles.
    • Facilitate in plant test to validate powertrain software releases for Development, Production, and Aftersales.

    • 4) Manage the Software Planning and Variant Development:
    • Work with suppliers and Daimler PM to determine number of variants, contents, deadlines and costs.
    • Plan and track team resources needed to support software changes and releases.
    • Identify, maintain, and communicate all faults seen during the software development and testing.
    • Manage PT software changes with relevant partners for Diagnosis Interface.
    • Manage the team task variant coding with the central variant coding at Daimler.
    • Identify and track issues (Bugs) related to software for areas of electrical/electronic components (e.g. starter, alternator), PT control units and their applications, and networking.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • MS in electrical, mechanical, automotive engineering or related fields
    • 7-9 Year work experience at OEM with focus on project management, system engineering, system and vehicle integration, and product launches.
    • 5-7 Year experience as a Project Coordinator or in Management.
    • Demonstrate strong leadership skills in leading projects working with local and external teams from Daimler RD and suppliers.
    • Possesses tech. knowledge in product design, issue resolution, and product launches.
    • Strong knowledge of the Automotive Development System (Mercedes Dev. System).
    • Work experience with of system engineering, product validation, statistical analysis, system & vehicle integration.
    • Strong Management and project management skills including scheduling, critical path, trade-offs, recovery plans, value analysis and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
    • Ability to facilitate efforts for problem solving and lessons learned sessions.
    • Well versed in quality tools and best practices including Key Performance Metrics (KPI), ISO standards, and the Product Development Quality Operating System.
    • Strong planning and organizational skills.
    • Ability to monitor cost and drive for the best value equation.
    • Ability to create Risk Management Plan.
    • Proficient in all PC applications including Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
    • Technical and analytical skills including systematic and critical thinking.
    • Work experience with project management tools including Gantt-Chart, Project Tracking, Cause and Effect Diagrams, and Pareto Chart and Pareto Analysis Self driven individual with desires to succeed.
    • Customer focused and ability to work with a diverse culture.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at different levels (Team, Mgmt, etc.)
    • Positive attitude with self-confidence.
    • Assertive and able to deal with conflicts to achieve a win-win outcome.
    • Highly committed and flexible to manage multi tasks.
    • Willingness to travel inside USA and abroad.
    • Bachelors + 12 yrs / Masters + 8 yrs / PhD + 5 yrs

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Knowledge of powertrain calibration tools such as INCA is a plus.
    • Project Lead (PLE) or Project Coordination experience w 6,8 Cyl. Powertrain (OBD, Emissions etc.)
    • Project Coordination silks across multiple Powertrain departments like PLE, Bridgehead, Durability testing tracking, etc.
    • Experiences as a Manager for a small Team.
    • Project Controlling skills (Budget Planning, Tracking).
    • German Language Skills a plus.
Why should you apply?
 
Here at MBRDNA, you create digital ecosystems around cars, you design a language between humans and machines, you make a car even more intelligent - you make the new reality for cars. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k savings plan, tuition and fitness reimbursement programs and much more.  We have an open and flexible environment to allow you to push boundaries, join MBRDNA and design your future.
 
MBRDNA is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce.
 
MBRDNA only accepts resumes from approved agencies who have a valid Agency Agreement on file. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, MBRDNA employees, or send to any MBRDNA location.  MBRDNA is not responsible for any fees or claims related to receipt of unsolicited resumes.

Thank you for your interest in Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. Please be aware the impact of COVID-19 could increase the amount of time it takes our HR and Hiring Team to process your application. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are dedicated to the health and safety of our employees and candidates. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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