SMMT Job Vacancies

Technical Manager – EVs and Powertrain

27 March 2024 #SMMT Job Vacancies

A vacancy now exists for a Technical Manager – EVs and Powertrain in the Public Policy and Vehicle Legislation (PPVL) department.


  • To lead as SMMT technical specialist for electrified vehicles, powertrains, noise and fuels on regulations, standards, government policy and strategy in all relevant technical areas for the UK automotive industry, developing SMMT views and positions working with member companies, colleagues and stakeholders, and representing SMMT members’ views to government and other stakeholders at UK, EU and UN level.
  • Lead dossiers include but are not limited to:
    • Electric Vehicles – EV technologies (BEV/HEV/PHEV/EREV/FCEV etc), charging (off-board/induction) batteries and performance measurement.
    • Powertrain technologies – Electrified and ICE drivetrains, including alternative fuels and fuel quality standards.
    • Emissions – On/off highway regulated emissions including after-treatment systems
    • Test procedures for determining regulated emissions, drive-by noise and component efficiency
  • To provide accurate and effective advice, briefing and support to senior management, colleagues and members on lead dossiers and responsibilities and other projects as required.


  • Professional engineer with relevant engineering degree or equivalent technical qualification and/or experience.
  • Proven professional experience in automotive industry or relevant government departments, agencies or sister industries. This should include regulatory experience, practical engineering, project management and supervisory positions.
  • Good knowledge of the global regulatory framework for motor vehicles, experience in technical legislation and processes and awareness of current automotive issues. Able to interpret, provide guidance on requirements and shape regulatory content, policy and strategy. High awareness of the commercial and engineering context in automotive desirable.
  • Highly motivated team player with the drive and ability to lead across diverse teams, projects and issues, continuously challenging and developing self and able to motivate and inspire. others. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to form trusting working relationships with members, government, stakeholders and colleagues.
  • Excellent communicator (written, verbal and presentational), clear, diplomatic and able to adapt to relevant context and audience. Able to command authority in technical, legal, political discussions, provide accurate and succinct briefings to senior executives, and communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Good project management and organisational skills. Ability to multi-task, respond flexibly to needs of business and SMMT members, and organise work effectively on different projects and issues, follow and deliver on SMMT internal processes and timelines.
  • Willingness to undertake regular travel, both in the UK and international, to attend meetings and conferences.


  • As SMMT technical specialist on electric vehicles, emissions and other powertrain topics within the Technical Team to provide influential expertise on core dossiers and lead related SMMT regulatory work at UK, EU and UN level, supporting departmental objectives and services and SMMT business strategy.
  • To provide the secretariat to the relevant SMMT Committees/Working Groups. Pro-actively manage their agendas, papers and activities and deliver key actions arising, working with committee/working group members, SMMT colleagues, government and other stakeholders.
  • To liaise and consult with member companies, government and key stakeholder on all relevant subjects and documents, to solicit member input to create an evidence base and draft influential SMMT proposals, positions, responses, papers and presentations as required.
  • To represent SMMT/UK views at/to meetings of relevant industry, governmental and standardisation organisations in the UK, EU and globally and influence the work of relevant organisations’ working groups as appropriate.
  • To provide regular technical information/circulars, briefing and support for members, SMMT colleagues and relevant SMMT committees and trade sections as required
  • To deal with technical and legislative enquiries from industry, the public, and outside organisations in a professional manner
  • To liaise with other teams in the Department and other SMMT departments on technical matters
  • To prepare succinct and clear briefing papers, slides and materials for senior management
  • To keep abreast of legal, technical, policy and other developments in relevant fields
  • To maintain the appropriate records and files
  • To undertake any other duties or projects as directed

Prospective candidates should contact with a CV and covering letter by 17 April 2024.

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