03 October 2022



Job details

Job Type
Regular / Permanent

Full Job Description

Requisition ID: 16483
Category: Sales & Customer Service
Career level: Professional
Contract type: Permanent

Application Engineer, Automotive Business

(Work Level: 4A)

We are in the process of identifying a suitable candidate for the role of Application Engineer for the Automotive OE Business. The focus will be on passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. This position is based in Chennai and will report to the Head of Application Engineering.

The Application Engineer is responsible for defining the technical needs of our customers and translating them into an SKF offering related to bearings and seals. Working closely with Sales and Customer Service, they help generate profitable business through engineering solutions to customer needs. They manage and lead technical partnerships with customers, identifying opportunities, responding to inquiries, handling complaints, evaluating, and mitigating technical risks.

Job Responsibilities

  • Independently lead and grow business engagement with OEM/Tier-1 Engineering and sourcing teams acting as customer single point of contact for bearings and seals.
  • Actively identify and pursue new business opportunities by understanding customer concerns and evolving market needs.
  • Identify and analyse the customer technical requirements and communicate the parameters clearly and accurately to the SKF engineering value chain.
  • Facilitate and drive engineering activities as per SKF ETO process from the start of business opportunity until the end of production, including the specification phase, prototype phase, industrialization phase, series production phase and warranty phase.
  • Create application engineering proposals and customized solutions according to customer requirements and present them to customers in a clear and effective manner.
  • Work in coordination with SKF product design and product engineering teams to facilitate DFMEA and discuss the same with customers on a specific project or product line.
  • Prepare and execute design verification and process validation test plans using global testing resources.
  • Promote and emphasize first-time quality by offering a critical assessment of products or processes and employ continuous improvement activities such as lessons learned, warranty analysis, etc.
  • Participate in the execution of Root Cause Analysis of the customers' application issues and contribute to the issue resolution.
  • Participate and contribute to internal and external training, and assist with the development of training material.
  • Represent SKF to our customers and institutions through visits, presentations, seminars, and industry events.
  • To follow management instructions and procedures; to report Environment Health and Safety (EHS) risks and EHS-related incidents; to follow quality specifications and requirements, and to identify quality risks and opportunities for improvement

Job Metrics

  • Number of SORs, RFQs
  • Sales Velocity
  • ETO Milestone adherence
  • Operating Margin
  • Warranty Failures

Candidate Profile

  • University Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in engineering with 5-6 years’ relevant work experience in automotive applications.
  • Experience with passenger and commercial vehicle applications is preferred for engine components, wheel ends and transmission applications.
  • Though not essential, experience in the following offer a distinct advantage – Finite element methods, bearing testing, bearing steels, seals, greases, heat treatment and typical bearing manufacturing processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Proven track record of operational and strategic work in the engineering domain.
  • Dependable, reliable, and self-motivated.
  • The candidate demonstrates the ability to relentlessly pursue business opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills

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