Principal Engineer Battery Systems

£48000 - £55000 per annum + Pension
30 Jun 2017
28 Jul 2017
Marcus Roberts
Contract Type
Full Time
Introduction If you’re an engineer with battery packs experience looking to work as part of a team of pioneers, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of vehicle hybridisation and electrification then this is the role for you.

Based at Ricardo’s UK Technical Centre in Cambridge or Leamington Spa, as a Principal Engineer - Battery Systems, you will lead and deliver on-going client technology projects, as an integral member of the Battery Systems team.

As a developing area of technology with a number of unique technical challenges, this isn’t a typical “business as usual” role. You will be developing experience in new technology areas which are increasingly important in the global automotive industry; working on state-of-the-art lithium ion battery cells, innovative mechanical and thermal management solutions, lightweight and novel materials.

Whether you come to work with Ricardo as a permanent member of the team or as an interim contractor, your input will really be valued. Known for their engagement and delivery at the cutting edge of engineering innovation, Ricardo is a place you can develop a career and call home. With a collaborative engineering culture, frequent “Lunch and Learn” sessions on topics across many disciplines there are numerous opportunities to stretch your capabilities and develop new skills and experience.


Battery Systems, Battery Pack or Fuel Cell, Electromechanical Design, Project Leadership

The Job

Job Description

Development of battery packs and electric drives for new electric vehicles

Based at Ricardo’s UK Technical Centre in Cambridge or Leamington Spa, as a Principal Engineer - Battery Systems, you will lead and deliver on-going client technology projects, as an integral member of the Battery Systems team. Working in small multi-functional teams, you will be interfacing with experts in other functional areas and getting visibility of the whole system design.

You will be primarily responsible for leading technical teams and delivering client projects, which includes:

1.Providing technical leadership for delivery teams of engineers involved in battery projects

2.Interfacing directly with clients on technical issues

3.Delivering projects on-time and on-budget

4.Providing technical support for the design, development and validation of high voltage vehicle battery systems

5.Supporting the sales teams through client interaction, proposals and roadmap development

6.Promotion of capability throughout our global customer base

Personal Profile

You are degree qualified in an Engineering or Science related field with a clear enthusiasm and drive for new technologies. You will have a sound automotive engineering background, as well as the ability to look beyond the immediate design task to see how design decisions interact with the complete system and vehicle.

You will have a number of years of experience of successfully delivering and leading projects in a controls and electronic environment, either in an OEM or Tier 1 capacity.

In order to be successful you should demonstrate your consistent track record, knowledge, experience and understanding of:

1.Battery system architectures and battery management systems

2.Designing high current and automotive high voltage (12 to 1200Vdc) power systems, (connectors, bus bars, contactors & fusing)

3.Electrical component integration (up to 1kV), design & development on production products, particularly HV battery systems and sub systems in a tier 1 or OEM environment

4.Cell chemistries used in HEVs

5.Product delivery process from requirements capture through to design validation of HEV battery systems

6.Compliance engineering to external standards, such as battery handling, EMC, vehicle safety, functional safety ISO26262 etc

7.Delivering DFMEA for HEVs

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is highly beneficial:

1.Battery management systems for Hybrid vehicle systems

2.Analytical approach to developing controls algorithms in an automotive environment

3.Model-based development languages such - Matlab/Simulink

4.Familiarity with laboratory & field development & test equipment

5.DCDC converter and battery charger design and development

6.DFMEA for Electrical Systems

7.Hands on experience of working live with HV systems (>50V)

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