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Company: Volkswagen Group of America
Location: Belmont, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Automotive, Motor Vehicle, Dealers


VW. Two letters. Endless opportunities. A bright future. Innovation. Sophistication. Optimization. This is our Passion. Worldwide, the Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of dramatic innovations. The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Here in the US, we are blending German engineering with American ingenuity. At the Innovation & Engineering Center California (IECC), we represent the Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we create bold new ideas for the Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Porsche brands. We're a team of engineers, designers, scientists, and psychologists looking to develop innovations for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries and research institutions into the automotive domain. Our mission is to drive change which means we are not only impacting one of the world's largest car makers, but also the lives of millions of people. Are you ready to join us? Product Development Engineer Role Summary The Product Development Engineer- UX & HMI Concepts is:

  • A strong advocate of our products and proactively focuses his/her efforts on developing, documenting and submitting localization, product improvement and conceptual topics to our internal customers and stakeholders.
  • Responsible for managing test schedules with internal staff, and tracks and reports results to Project Leaders.
  • Liaison between ECC – Product Validation, domestic and international customers and stakeholders.
  • This open position is part of a team that focuses on the pre-series and series development support of electronic/electronic systems with particular relevance to the US and Canadian markets. People most suited for this position are able to derive technical systems from market-driven ideas, assertively work with suppliers building trust and finding common ground solutions, and work well in a multi-disciplined environment.
Role Responsibilities Lead and coordinates integration, validation and product improvement activities for embedded vehicle products Product localization, improvements and concepts (HALO)
  • Work with Functional owners and Product Validation Engineers to collect, document, filter and develop product localization and improvement topics before submitting them to our stakeholders in Germany.
  • Manage, coordinate and develop concept creation for pre-series infotainment products while working cross-functionally with the UX design team for creating sketches and mock-ups.
  • Organize, conduct and support execution of design research studies, UX / UI and benchmarking workshops and clinics with a strong focus on product improvement.
  • Sync-up with Quality, Function Owners and Project leaders back in HQ and in Germany.
  • Keep up to date with trends, research studies, and consumer expectations from consumption of third-party reports, datasets, and news articles. Track and filter research releases and conferences relevant for the team.
Product Validation (HMI / UX)
  • Synchronization of test content with project leaders, functional owners and quality departments
  • Proactively provide regular status updates to PL and stakeholders
  • Coordinate local validation planning and activities with Functional Owners and Product Validation Leads
  • Planning of test-drives and test assignments
  • Test execution and ticket management
  • Updating of vehicle/test environments
  • Assignment of work instructions to Vehicle, Methods & Tooling team
  • Component coordination and sourcing
  • Reporting to Project Leader status of:
  • Test coverage, Test Statistics and Quality of Testing
  • Test Reporting and Synchronization with PL and Project Stakeholders, including weekly test reports


Qualifications Years of Experience
  • 5-7 years as a Systems engineer for an Automotive/Aerospace/Transportation OEM or Tier-1 supplier – proven record of start-to-finish lead coordination role.
Education Required
  • Bachelor's in Engineering (Electrical, Electronics, Mechatronics or Automotive) or Design (UX/UI, industrial or product)
  • Master's in Engineering, Business Administration, Psychology, Human Factors, UX/UI preferred
  • Excellent knowledge and proven record of having worked with complex infotainment systems and poses good understanding of one or several of the following functions: radio (AM/FM, SXM, hybrid radio), smartphone technologies (Android and iOS), online services, navigation systems (onboard, hybrid, online) and Intelligent Speech Systems (onboard, hybrid, online).
  • Good understanding of product localization activities (European product going into the North American Market).
  • Experience conducting UX / UI and human factors clinics and workshops
  • Has held a validation coordination role throughout entire projects (conception, planning, execution and closeout).
  • Give clear and unbiased assessment of project status and needs to partners, stakeholders and project leaders.
  • Deep understanding of UX / HMI validation cycles.
  • Knowledge of product development processes and project coordination activities, deliverables, and milestones.
  • Analytical and conceptual thinking – using logic and reason.
  • Proven problem solving skills knowledge and experience on the job.
  • Able to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, time-line and target oriented work environment.
  • Excellent communication skills – presentation, written and interpersonal. To present validation results and concept to mid and upper management.
  • Able to continuously question and challenge the status-quo, always documenting and applying the lessons learned.
  • Team player with good collaboration and integration skills – joining people, processes and systems.
  • California State driving license.
Required Skills General
  • Excellent English language skills mandatory.
  • Exceptional communication with internal / external partners, stakeholders, and project affiliates and management.
  • Proven record of active engagement in product improvement topics.
  • Ability to interpret technical specifications.
  • Motivated team player with positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Understanding of user requirements in an automotive environment with previous engagement in market oriented product development.
Product Definition
  • Comfortable forming and articulating the big picture on where an industry is heading and creating product concepts and/or improvements.
  • Prior experience defining HMI concepts
  • Experience gathering and organizing requirements and writing HMI test specifications.
  • Ability to plan/review HMI concept designs, test strategies, test cases etc.
  • Able to understand and engage in market oriented product development.
Project Management
  • Has held a project coordination role throughout entire projects (planning, execution, close-out)
  • Manage timelines, test resources, test specifications.
  • Manage and document localization, improvement and concept creation topics.
  • Able to work in a dynamic, time-line bound and target oriented work environment
  • Effective public speaker – comfortable presenting complex technical information in front of technical and non-technical audiences at all levels of the organization
  • Effective at communicating with teams across cultures and in different times zones
  • Able to continuously question and challenge the status-quo, always applying the lessons learned
Desired Skills
  • Curiosity to understand the automotive customer of the future
  • Experience with product / project management
  • German / French / Spanish language skills
  • Devotion for high quality, ability to find and expose quality insufficiencies in automotive electronics systems.
  • Knowledge of automotive infotainment/connected car products and services.
  • Prior experience of working with OEM design.
  • Automotive/Aerospace HMI or UX / UI concept development experience.
Work Flexibility Ability to work flexible hours required to conduct research studies, customer clinics, and attend conferences and workshops. Domestic (U.S.) and international (Canada & Europe/Germany) travel is required (15 – 20%). We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. #LI-CK

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