Global Wheel Technical Specialist

Ford Motor Company
March 01, 2024
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Job Description

The Global Wheel Technical Specialist is dedicated to expert level, technical support of the wheel and its interfacing systems including, but not limited to,:

  • Steel wheel
  • Cast aluminum wheel
  • Carbon fiber wheel
  • Wheel ornamentation
  • Wheel joint / lug nut
  • Valve
  • Balance Weight
  • Coatings (e.g. paint systems, PVD, E-coat, etc)
  • TMK
  • Jack and Tools
  • The Global Wheel Technical Specialist is responsible for the establishing the processes involved with overall wheel development, throughout all phases of the development process. The Global Wheel TS support all Global EMMs, consults on launch issues to promptly drive resolution, and is technical support for all regions at all phases of the wheel development cycle.


  • Provide dedicated technical depth supporting core and applications teams in wheel systems for new and existing technologies
  • Train Ford engineers on wheel design theory, and process to achieve wheel performance targets
  • Train Ford engineers on wheel manufacturing processes and how to ensure that wheels developed and approved can be robustly manufactured
  • Support engineers to resolve issues
  • Work with Design Studio, Vehicle Engineering, and the CAE teams to develop wheel designs that deliver on styling, FEA, stiffness, cost, and weight
  • Provide leadership for the establishment of wheel performance standards and standards for the wheel development process to reduce the development time required to approve wheel designs and themes
  • Develop objective wheel tests to support performance cascades and to deliver DV test efficiencies
  • Work with Ford Materials Engineering and suppliers on the development of coatings, specifications, and new technologies.
  • Develop the supplier's technical and manufacturing capabilities to meet Ford Motor Company requirements
  • Knowledge of wheel/wheel assembly process and ability to train assemblers to follow the Assembly Functional Specification.
  • Research market and help determine strategy for Commodity Business Plan (CBP) and insure CBP is followed.
  • Support Pre-PS program wheel & wheel line-up development
  • Participate in Chassis Architecture reviews
  • Conduct technical and marketing meetings with local supply base and disseminate the information to the Global Core Wheel & Application Wheel team. Maintain market awareness to assure we always have the latest technology available.
  • Develop and maintain the supplier's Global DFMEA, PFMEA, and Control Plans to Ford Motor Company requirements
  • Develop and maintain all Core documents (e.g., Functional Specifications, Design Rules, SCCAFs, quality documents)
  • Review and approve all DVP&R and CDP&R documentation. Integral to Signoff of System/Subsystem/Component with specific signoff responsibility BEFORE Chief Signoff
  • Review warranty information and implement permanent corrective actions
  • Ensure all tests conducted for our products are conducted as written per the respective test methods both internally and by our supply base
  • Have knowledge and provide technical direction in paint coatings, wheel trim, wheel weights, TMK, jack & tools, and other core parts.
  • Global point of contact for all wheel technical topics.
  • Qualifications

    You'll have

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering
  • 10+ years of industry experience
  • Minimum of 6 years Chassis Engineering discipline with focus on wheel development
  • Even better, you may have

  • Masters Degree in Engineering
  • Core experience preferred
  • Experience in writing macros (e.g., Excel VBA) to aid in the automation of engineering tools.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt or demonstrated understanding and application of DOE techniques
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-starting, self directed
  • Detail orientated with a zero-defect mindset
  • Ability to work in a globally diverse team
  • Strong presentation, written and verbal communication and project management skills
  • Ability to handle complex tasks and challenging situations under compressed timing
  • Experience communicating with senior leaders, design and release, manufacturing, and suppliers
  • Outstanding planning, organizational and project management skills with proper follow-up to accomplish multiple objectives
  • Strong One Ford Leadership Behaviors with demonstrated ability to drive and deliver results
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills
  • Ability to build strong effective relationships with cross functional teams (Foundation Chassis, Design and Release, Program Management, Vehicle Operations, and Suppliers)
  • Position requires travel to global supplier manufacturing sites as well as FNA facilities to conduct fresh eyes reviews
  • You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

    As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builderor all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

  • Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
  • Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more
  • Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases
  • Tuition assistance
  • Established and active employee resource groups
  • Paid time off for individual and team community service
  • A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day
  • Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.
  • For a detailed look at our benefits, click here:

    New Hire Benefits

    Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

    Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status. In the United States, if you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660.


    About Us

    At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career and help us define tomorrow's transportation.

    About the Team

    Ford Product Development is utilizing Design Thinking & User Experience methods to deliver breakthrough products and services that will delight our customers. Our employees are laser-focused on bringing innovative, exciting, and sustainable ideas to life. From autonomy and electrification, to smart mobility technologies, our Product Development teams around the world are working together with excitement to make smart vehicles for a smart world.

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