Lead Engineer - Seating Structures

Tata Technologies - Auburn Hills, MI3.8


Job Title: Lead Engineer – Seating Structures

Location: Auburn Hills, MI

The Lead Engineer is responsible for complete and complex engineering projects. Their perimeter includes all parts and products of a seat structure. They plan and execute complete engineering design projects, from initial design concept through to production and release and post-production support, for source automotive seat products. They have responsibility as project leader for work done by designers, design engineers and project engineers.

The main missions of the role are:

Formulates, recommends, and implements all phases of a project to complete it within budget and to meet customer determined project milestones and completion target dates

Produces designs that are feasible and economical to produce in the manufacturing facilities and processes available

Provides alternative design solutions, analyses, justifications and recommendations at the concept stage, facilitates selection of designs that achieve best possible trade-off of cost, timing, innovation, and performance.

Contributes to manufacturing performance and customer service by assisting in the solution production or quality problems associates with the design.

Proposes and implements VA/VE solutions

Ensures that DV and PV engineering and test plans are completed at appropriate time

Ensures that all appropriate tests are performed

Ensures that product designs meet customer requirements, through direct consultation with customer technical personnel to determine their needs and wants

Provides information about needs, wants and developments affecting company products and plans by maintaining regular, direct contact with customer technical personnel

Assists in achievement of sale’s targets through direct participation in customer presentation

Is responsible for searching the best practices and current designs and technologies available in the Group

Leads global project engineers, design engineers and designers and ensures their work meet all requirements by giving them clear and complete directions regarding design concepts and parameters

Makes sure that all BOM’s are built and updated

Is responsible for giving all information required to quote RFE and CR

Works closely with Program Management to understand and achieve financial targets

Responsible to lead DFMEA (Design Failure Modes and Affects) initial process, updates and sign-off of final DFMEA

Responsible to release CAD for Program Management to have quoted, sourced, etc.

Is responsible for timely completion of KDM templates

Makes sure that Work Packages are updated on time

Makes sure that information provided in EFM is accurate and EFM closure meets program timing


Minimum education level: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field (Master’s preferred)


Minimum 5 years’ experience in automotive seating structures

Minimum 1 production product launch as design responsible engineer

Skills & Competencies:

Knowledge of automotive mechanism and structure design and engineering

Knowledge of GD&T

Knowledge of automotive development tools and procedures preferred

Good understanding of FEA principals

Good leadership/supervisory skills

Good oral and written communications and presentation skills

Good interpersonal skills

Experience leading global design team (India preferred)

Tata Technologies is a company dedicated to bringing better products to market for our customers and to the millions of people around the world who benefit from them. We are a leading Global provider of engineering services, serving the world’s leading manufacturing companies. We offer a complete benefits package, including; medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability, FMLA and 401K.

We are currently expanding our Engineering footprint with several of our clients and have opportunities for those who are the best in their field. If you are looking to join a company that values their employees, stands behind their services and strives to make product development dreams a reality, look no further.

Tata Technologies Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, promotions, or any other condition of employment or career development.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Production Product Launch: 1 year (Required)
  • Automotive Seating structures: 5 years (Required)
  • Automotive Mechanisms: 5 years (Required)
  • FEA Principles: 5 years (Required)
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing: 5 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)