Design Studio Engineer

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Design Studio Engineer

Are you the one who will help us design unique, inspiring and consistent products like future Lightyear cars and get them to Lightyear customers? Let's meet and join forces!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond (part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation) or remote from the comfort of your own home office or in one of our hubs 
Domain: Packaging & Design
Experience: 6-10 years of experience in Automotive Concept Development
Degree: Master's Degree in Mechanical, Automotive Engineering, or similar. 

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as a Design Studio Engineer?
Your job mission is to collaborate with colleagues and an external design studio, aiming to create the best possible, unique, and consistent styling and design for (future) Lightyear cars. Your responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Being the internal Engineering support within Design, creating feasible solutions to meet the design intent;

  • Manage and document agreements between Design and Engineering;
  • Help to incorporate engineering, legislative, and manufacturing requirements into the design;
  • Collect, manage and communicate technical input and limitations to the design team;
  • Actively follow feasibility of design and raise critical issues;
  • Come up with solutions to help design push beyond the status quo;
  • Manage and document the status of shared 3D content between engineering and design studio, ensuring robust and on-time surface release.

You might wonder what a day as a Design Studio Engineer at Lightyear looks like?
You will start the day with a check-in with the HVS core team. This consists of key people in the project that together define and decide on how to move it forward. You share what you have been doing yesterday and what you will be working on for today.

After you have a meeting with the design studio to discuss proposals to improve the B-pillar. You have collected all demands from stakeholders and want to share these with the designers. Together you go through the demands and discuss how to apply them without touching what is important for styling.

You have lunch with the team in the Helmond office. Then with the BiW and Vehicle Architect, and the Chief Design, you gather around a seating buck that is present in the office. You discuss issues with the pedal box and steering column using VR and try to come up with solutions.

The rest of the day you take to work on tasks that you have planned. At the end of the day, you share quick snapshots with the team to communicate your status, and some solved topics.

Key stakeholders will be people from the Design Studio, Vehicle Architect, System Architects, DMU/Package engineers, homologation experts, Safety Manager, and Chief of Design.

What do we expect from a Design Studio Engineer?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for people with an ambitious attitude, who learn from the past (tried and tested), and who strive to set new standards when needed. You can work within a team or independently. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore, we are looking for someone who;

  • Is an expert in CAD

  • Has a holistic approach to problem-solving, challenges engineering norms, and feels confident in decision making;
  • Is aware of homologation, and legislative compliance;
  • Embodies first principle thinking;
  • Has strong skills in communicating new ideas and concepts on paper, digitally, and verbally;

  • Has knowledge about the whole vehicle layout, studio engineering

  • Preferably has an understanding of architecture development and body structures

  • Feels comfortable with Catia V5/V6, 3DExperience, Ramsis, CAVA, and similar

On a more personal level, you could be described as a strong communicator with a creative mind, who takes ownership. You have a sharp eye for details; you are a designer by nature with a high-quality standard.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive, and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks

About Lightyear

Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal, and we’re working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We each bring diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and we believe that our future becomes more secure as our team becomes more diverse. So we take action to ensure equal opportunity for your application, regardless of your background. If you have a specific access need, please let us know when you apply so that we can provide proper assistance.

We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first, and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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