Ricardo: Global Software Function Lead

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Global Software Function Lead

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Van Buren, MI

Job Description


Role Title: Global Software Function Lead

Location: Van Buren Twp., MI, USA

For over 100 years, Ricardo has been using engineering and research and development expertise to help global vehicle manufacturers innovate and improve the efficiency and performance of their products to bring them to market quicker and cheaper without compromising safety or quality.

We are working with transport sector OEMs to help them to develop solutions to address the biggest challenges of reducing greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions, while moving goods and people around cities more cleanly and efficiently, and reflecting consumer requirements for more sustainable mobility solutions. We empower business leaders with award-winning advice and innovative solutions

Our people are important to us. We take pride in our wellbeing programs and policies - see below for more.


Ricardo’s Global Software, Control and Calibration (SCC) capability group takes complex and evolving software, control and calibration challenges and provides unique, advanced, cost-effective solutions, ensuring desirable, robust, and compliant products in the market. Our strong team of flexible and experienced engineers applies cutting edge digitalized methods to meet the demands of future transportation. As Global Embedded Software Function Lead you will be responsible for leading and directing the embedded software team within SCC, principally from one of our Global Technical Centers and reporting directly to the Software, Control and Calibration (SCC) Capability Director.

Key accountabilities:

· Leadership and management of the global embedded software function including balancing workload across the team, ensuring correct skills mix and planning support to projects

· Development of the team including holding regular team meetings, identifying training/development needs, fostering a team working approach, recruitment, and performance reviews

· Development of an ‘Eco-partner’ supplier network to provide additional flexible & low-cost resources for projects when required

· Ensuring that agreed embedded software project deliverables are completed in a cost-effective and timely manner and that a task delivery approach is instilled within the department

· Development and optimization of Global working processes and toolchains (e.g. Agile approach) to ensure Ricardo remains at the forefront of best practice

· Work closely with the Regions Delivery Teams and Global Sales teams to generate new business, providing technical expertise and supporting selling activities, maintaining links to customers for peer to peer selling

· Work closely with the Embedded Software Delivery Lead to create new value offerings, including diversification into other industries e.g. Rail, Aerospace, Defense, and strategic partnerships with other companies

· Delivery of Embedded SW R&D plan to deliver the products and solutions needed to take to market to show case Ricardo’s technical pedigree and value

· Maintain awareness of the latest technology and industry trends

· Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion

· Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Key competencies and experience:

· Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific, technical, or engineering subject; Master’s degree strongly preferred

· Ten years progressively more responsible experience including engineering solutions for the product from design to application in similar industries

· Ten years extensive leadership experience; highly professional in appearance and approach; exudes expertise and credibility

· Have knowledge and experience in several of the following areas:

· Structured software development following a recognized process such as ASPICE

· Development of high-integrity safety critical software to meet safety and process standards such as ISO 26262, DO178C, ASIL L1/L2/L3

· An understanding of a software layered architecture such as AUTOSAR

· Good understanding of single and multi-core microcontroller architectures

· Development tools including compilers, debuggers, network analysis and testing tools

· Model Based Design: development concepts & toolchain

· Cybersecurity & Crypto services (E2E mechanism)

· OBD implementation, diagnostic monitoring & sensor/act management

· Hybrid and EV controllers: Motor Control, Inverter, DCDC, BMS and Charging software

Desirable experience

· Work within a consultative sales environment – e.g. with consultancy software or similar

· Work within risk management, chemical response, regulatory or safety business areas

· Work with CRM systems - especially MS Dynamics

Skills and behaviors:

· Experience in technical project leadership, program management and team coordination

· Excellent communication and leadership qualities, a high standard of written and spoken English

· An ability to collaborate and influence, you will work well with internal and external stakeholders

· An analytical and strategic thinker, you will have the ability to develop and present balanced, insightful conclusions to stakeholders

· Knowledge of business finance systems and processes

· Well organized, with the ability to plan and deliver independently

· Flexible in work approach and prepared to meet client demands which may involve travel to our global customers.

· Embracing our values of Passion, Innovation, Integrity and Respect leading others towards high standards of behavior and performance.

Working here:

Ricardo is an exciting, rewarding place to work – an opportunity to make a real difference. Follow Ricardo Plc on LinkedIn to stay in touch and visit the ‘Life’ tab to learn more about our culture and benefits. We offer: 

   · Flexible working

   · Generous paid time off package

   · Medical, Dental, Vision

   · 401k matching

   · Company provided life insurance

We are keen to hear from people with drive and innovative thinking. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach (LINK) 

Once you apply, if you are a fit for the role, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Response times vary dependent on the volume of applications.