Lead Cost Engineer

Nikola Motor Phoenix , AZ 85002

Posted 3 months ago

You're passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn't scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

We feel exactly the same way.

Drive Forward. Introduce yourself to us and let's start a conversation.

We're currently on the lookout for a Lead Cost Engineer to join the team.

You Will:

  • Bring in depth technical knowledge and know-how of product processes and mechanics to drive should-be cost modeling

  • Collaborate cross-functionally with Purchasing, Engineering, Finance, and Operations to provide defendable cost estimating support for existing, changing and new parts throughout the complete vehicle

  • Identify and build Cost Driver Models to assist in design and purchasing activities

  • Develop robust Cost Models to determine should-be costs across all commodities and for both green and brown sights

  • Promote and Support Design-to-Cost activities in early product development cycles

  • Develop defendable models for ground-up estimating of production tools

  • Collect and maintain key cost driver data including raw materials, production labor, machine rates, process parameters, SG&A, and Engineering

  • Understanding of Tier One suppliers and how they quote SGA, Profit Margins, Mark up directed buys , Scrap Rates

You Have:

  • Must Have DRE or Manufacturing engineering build experience and be able to use CAD to analyze major assemblies , read drawings, and understand build requirements

  • Curiosity. This position will require building from scratch and thinking in a fast-paced environment

  • BS/BA degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, or finance discipline

  • Identify Costing software ideas that can help improve the cost model process

  • Minimum of 5 years in manufacturing costing one or more of the following: Electronics, Casting, Plastics, Stamping, Assembly, Tooling

  • Expertise in Excel based modeling that is understandable and defendable; building detailed benchmark and what-if models for piece cost, tooling, and engineering

  • Strong written and verbal skills as well as organizational and program management capabilities

  • Ability to deep-dive costs from both a top-down and bottom-up approach

  • Experience in the Automotive Industry is a plus

  • How to negotiate best cost using software cost models and data to challenge suppliers

Nice to Have

  • Flexibility in work schedule is required (to include evenings and weekends, as needed)
  • Enjoy fast pace and open thinking to help set new standards
  • 10 years Design Release Engineer experience and a willingness to learn cost engineering processes

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.

Equal Employment Opportunity statement (EEO)

Nikola Motor Company is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

To all recruitment agencies: Nikola is not responsible for any fee related to unsolicited resumes from 3rd party staffing and recruiting agencies. No fee will be paid for candidates who apply and claim to be represented by an agency. Any unsolicited resumes, CVs, or other candidate information submitted by an agency will become the property of Nikola, and no fee will be paid in the event such candidate is hired.


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Lead Cost Engineer

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