• Engineering Team Lead – Vehicle Dynamics

    Location US-IL-Melrose Park
    Job ID
    # of Positions
    Internal Title
    Prod Develop Engr Team Lead, Prod Develop Engr Sr Team Lead
    Position Type
    Regular Full Time Employee
    Product Development
    Up To 50%
    Relocation Offered
    ERP Eligibility
    Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus
  • Overview

    Based in metro Chicago, Navistar International Corporation is a leading global manufacturer of trucks and buses.  We are looking for a Vehicle Dynamics Lead Engineer with commitment and drive to be part of our success story and help take our company to the next level.


    The Engineering Team Lead – Vehicle Dynamics is responsible for achieving the vehicle team's functional objectives, determine appropriate targets, lead ride, handling, and steering development of vehicles.


    This individual will work with a cross functional teams and serve as a lead engineer to specify components for tires, steering, and suspension in order to meet program performance targets through objective testing, and subjective methods.


    This position offers the challenge of varied assignments to highly trained and experienced professional engineers who have demonstrated personal knowledge and ability through accomplishments on previous assignments.


    Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Diagnosis and solution of product Ride/Steering/Handling issues and developing new test techniques and procedures and guiding lower classifications and mechanics.
    • Coordinate and perform a selected variety of functional engineering assignments;
    • Performing Subjective and Objective Ride/Steering/Handling
    • Execution and documentation of development activities and presentation of results to senior management
    • Guiding mechanics and technicians as they prepare vehicles for Ride/Steering/Handling development activities
    • Diagnosing and solving vehicle product Ride/Steering/Noise issues
    • Supporting product development teams by providing overall test results and status

    Position Purpose and Requirements

    Provides technical and analytical support to Product Development Engineering. May provide direction and guidance to less experienced team members. Refers problems that cannot be resolved to the next level. Serves as a central resource with design, process, manufacturing, test, quality and marketing as the product(s) move to production and distribution. Involvement may last throughout all stages of a product’s lifecycle including modifications, upgrades and maintenance of the product or product line.


    Basic Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology
    • At least 5 years experience in product design/development
    • At least 1 year leading others in engineer/design activities


    • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology
    • At least 3 years experience in product design/development
    • At least 1 year leading others in engineer/design activities


    • PhD in Engineering or Engineering Technology
    • At least 1 year leading others in engineer/design activities

    Additional Requirements

    • Qualified candidates, excluding current Navistar employees, must be legally authorized on an unrestricted basis (US Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, Refugee or Asylee) to be employed in the United States. Navistar does not anticipate providing employment related work sponsorship for this position (e.g., H-1B status)
    • Ability to travel overnight 30 to 40%

    Desired Skills: 

    • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
    • Previous experience in Automotive ride and handling development
    • Data acquisition and data processing skills
    • Strong understanding of vehicle dynamics theory and application
    • Heavy and medium duty truck product knowledge and ability to  influence product design
    • Experience with analytical modeling of physical systems
    • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
    • Demonstrated initiative and persistence in problem solving
    • Ability to work in a team environment
    • Experience in PC based software (Word, Excel, and Project)
    • 3 years of relevant experience in steering/suspension/tire release & development or vehicle dynamics development
    • Ability to lead and proven team building skills
    • Vehicle ride and handling subjective evaluation experience
    • Strong understanding of automotive steering and suspension components and function


    • Drive for Results
    • Dealing with Ambiguity
    • Motivating Others
    • Problem Solving
    • Customer Focus

    It's Uptime at International

    Visit us at www.Navistar.com to discover more about our organization


    Navistar is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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