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Engineering Supervisor (Brake Systems) in Irvine, CA at Karma Automotive

Date Posted: 4/9/2018

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Job Description

Karma Automotive is passionate, responsible and uncompromising. 

We promise to deliver our customers beautiful cars with high-technology and clean propulsion, and a memorable customer experience.

If these commitments excite you, we would love to talk.

The Engineering Supervisor (Brakes) is a working supervisor, responsible for leading the design engineering team and acting as a product engineer for brake systems. As a supervisor of the design engineering team, this role ensures the objectives of the team are met and work processes are continuously improved. They evaluate designer workload & capacity, assign & prioritize work, review progress, and evaluate results. Assists engineering manager and program manager to align engineering work with program milestones. The position also acts as a design release engineer working on the DFMEA team, designing new components, and aligning with vendors and manufacturing plants to launch new products or product changes.  This position is located in our Irvine, CA facility.



  • Assists in developing engineering processes, procedures, methods, standards, and tool selection;
  • Lead engineering team for current and future vehicle programs in Engineering Projects;
  • Assist in problem solving activities;
  • Investigate brake system advancement, other improvement technologies, and cost-benefit analyses;
  • Utilize modeling software, such as Adams and/or Matlab Simulink, as required;
  • Support technical lead for brake system architecture, kinematics, compliance, and dynamics;
  • Engineer systems to meet durability, strength, design and manufacturing requirements;
  • Perform optimization for performance improvements wherever possible;
  • Supervise activities of direct reports (including performance appraisals, time sheets and other administrative tasks);
  • Support development / testing strategy and timing plan to ensure compatibility with overall program; monitor resources as required to minimize risks; support alternate plans as required;
  • Ensure system meets certification requirements for FMVSS and ECE. Support with data & testing;
  • Provides strategic input and may make hiring/disciplinary decisions;
  • Knowledgeable in engineering design processes throughout product life cycle (concept, development, product support, end of life);
  • Represent KARMA interests in professional groups such as SAE, ASME, as well as represent the product team within the company;
  • Support off-site demonstrations, field trials, and launches;
  • Support prototype and production assembly events at domestic or international locations;
  • Add valuable insight & knowledge into Product Safety flow down from system matrix, FMEA development, PFMEA support, and control plan;
  • Coordinate work with engineers, designers, purchasing, quality, finance, technicians, manufacturing, and suppliers in support of existing products;
  • Meet quality improvement objectives through component design, process control, problem-solving techniques, supplier engagement, and/or assembly instruction;
  • Meet all performance, packaging, cost and timing objectives;
  • Support as required, any required chassis tuning program for brake systems;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills in a team environment
  • Comfortable communicating with Suppliers and internal leadership.

Familiarity with;

  • Engineering processes: GD&T, tolerance stack-up, DFMEA, FEA, and DOE;
  • 3D modeling, drawing creation, detailed tolerance stack-ups;
  • Design review leadership skills are strongly recommended.Relevant industry organizations such as SAE, ASME, etc.;
  • Regen Brake System, Electrical System, CAN/ Network Communication;
  • Ideal candidate would be able to help facilitate DFMEA process for foundation drum brake products;
  • Understanding of designing parts for stamping, casting, welding, machining, and forging a big plus.


  • 10+ years combined experience in Brake System development, component design, and release;
  • BS Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical Preferred)
  • Experience in direct management of people is desired, but not required if there is some demonstrated success in informal people management or mentoring.
  • Above experience in engineering in the global and domestic automotive industry preferred. Knowledge of the product line and related technologies, as well as, knowledge of brakes and braking systems.
  • Approximately 10-15% Travel required to domestic & international locations.
  • Strong automotive aptitude in Chassis/Brake Systems, Brake Controls, Vehicle Development, Chassis/Brake Testing;
  • Casting, Material Properties, and packaging experience preferred
  • Experience with vehicle dynamics instrumentation, set-up and analysis.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex issues to senior management in formal and informal settings;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with teamwork mindset; able to handle stressful situations with composure

Come and join the great Karma Team, where you can make a career! Karma Automotive offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD; paid vacation, holidays and personal days; and a 401K with matching contributions.  Relocation assistance is available.

NO 3rd Parties.  Principles Only, Please

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law. Karma Automotive LLC, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.