ZF Engineering Manager - Customer Applications in Livonia, Michigan

Engineering Manager - Customer Applications

Division A - Engineering - Braking


Job Description

Job Title:

Engineering Manager – FCA Customer Applications, Brake Controls

General Role Description:

Manage Customer Applications Engineering team, to lead brake controls projects through all phases of development (new business hunting, through production support). Responsible for ABS/ESC, and next generation electrified brake boost technologies (IBC) within the North American Brake Engineering organization. In addition, work globally with OEM to align product offerings and implementation strategies.

Key Job Functions:

Team management

  • Workload and resource planning

  • Team development planning, performance assessment, and compensation planning

  • Mentoring

  • Administrative approvals

Product strategy & new business development

  • Provide input into product planning to align future products with customer needs & requirements.

  • Work with customers and Sales to identify and assess new business opportunities

  • Lead Engineering team to support new business hunting activities

  • Manage product tailoring through new business development opportunities

  • Assess engineering costs to support business case development and customer quote processes

  • Ensure effective requirements analysis and customer negotiations for technical deliverables

  • Work with customers to assess and demonstrate new technologies (host, support demo’s)

Product development

  • Ensure on-time delivery to customer commitments

  • Ensure projects are delivered to agreed to requirements (vehicle performance, durability, NVH, etc.)

  • Ensure projects are managed to established Systems Engineering processes

  • Drive continuous improvement of Engineering processes

  • Ensure effective management of both TRW and customer driven changes

  • Ensure effective collaboration between Engineering teams to resolve issues and meet objectives

Production support

  • Support ZF-TRW manufacturing and quality teams in resolving production issues

  • Support warranty analysis team to ensure timely analysis and resolution of quality issues

  • Work with ZF-TRW quality team to ensure effective support of customer manufacturing plants through launch

  • Support assessment and implementation of new suppliers, process changes, and cost reductions

Customer relationship

  • Maintain regular communication with customer management to maintain open channels of communication

  • Develop trust through personal and team interactions with customer


Bachelors Degree in Engineering

Minimum 10 years experience in automotive Engineering or similar field

Strong understanding of fundamentals of electro-mechanical control systems

Strong verbal and written communication skills, strong presentation skills

Strong leadership skills

Strong planning skills

Process oriented

Understanding of requirements analysis & management practices

Ability to travel globally

Prior management & leadership experience strongly preferred

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree in Engineering required

Experience and Skill Requirements

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area







United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran