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Friction Engineering Manager

Location: Drancy France
Job ID: R0015149
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Segment: Astemo
Business Unit: Hitachi Astemo
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Ready to contribute to the future of the automotive industry?

We are part of Hitachi Astemo, focusing on world-leading advanced mobility solutions within the fields of electrification, autonomous driving, and connectivity to help reduce environmental damage, decrease traffic accidents, and improve comfort. Together, we contribute to a sustainable society and improved quality of life by providing mobility solutions that satisfy our customers and form the future core of automotive and motorcycle systems. Our people are at the heart of achieving these goals, and we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Own the Future, become a part of the team and join our organization now as: Friction Engineering Manager

Ensures the development and validation of friction materials for customers, according to CBI design rules and focus on standardization respecting customer requirements, cost and quality
Responsible for the definition and management of friction standards deployed in Hitachi Astemo, Generic Product Specifications, new test procedures and measurements technics.

Key Activities:


  • Define friction specifications based on performance requested by customers and ensures their respect
  • Ensure support to Friction Engineers for development and validation of friction materials

Supplier Management

  • Contribute to friction supplier selection in accordance with customer expectations
  • Manage supplier relation and ensures the compliance with customer specifications
  • In collaboration with suppliers, develop new technics on friction measurement to ensure optimization of performance

Knowledge Management

  • Manage friction standards and tests procedures
  • Develop and maintains the friction catalogue
  • Shares his expertise within the company (community, training, escalation…)

Friction Management

  • Manage the P&L allocated to his activities
  • Define the friction roadmap, the goals to achieve and the deadlines in collaboration with the internal friction purchasing team

Team Management

  • Foster a climate of teamwork and motivation within the team by encouraging entrepreneurship mindset, professional development and growth of employees (assessment, training, coaching and mentoring).
  • Ensure the deployment of the Chassis Brakes International communication to the team
  • Ensure appropriate work environment for the team


Key Professional Competencies

  • Friction Expertise
  • Testing background
  • Brake know how
  • Fluent English level

Key Personal Competencies

  • Learning Agility & Adaptation
  • Implementation & Result Orientation
  • Ownership & Accountability
  • Relationship Building & Networking
  • Analytical & Problem Solving

Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Engineering or equivalent in mechanic or chemistry
  • At least 8 years of experience as friction interface with management ability

About Hitachi Astemo Brake Business Unit

Our Brake Business Unit is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive braking solutions. Our products – disc brakes, drum brakes, electro-mechanical parking brakes and rotors – are dedicated to passenger cars, light commercial and two-wheeler vehicles through original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket distribution channels. We have a global footprint with operations in Europe, Asia, South Africa, North and South America.

At Hitachi Astemo, Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit are practiced values – we respect each other, never pass the buck and work creatively to accomplish our mission. Our people are given exciting opportunities to develop and grow in a truly international business, where they are proud to be part of a collaborative and innovative team. Diversity & Inclusion is valued to build and leverage an inclusive work environment and embrace diversity to unlock our full potential. We believe that this will give us the strength to drive great innovations to create new values for people, vehicles and the society, and to unlock our full potential to become a global leader in everything we do. 

Sound Interesting? Then we would like to get to know you. Apply online via our career site - we look forward to receiving your application!

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