Title:  Senior Manager - Quality Engineering & Evaluation


Hethel, GB

Date:  30 May 2024

Quality Engineering & Evaluation – Senior Manager



Hybrid – 4 days per week in the office


About the Role 

Lotus is looking to recruit a Quality Engineering & Evaluation Senior Engineer to join our Quality team on a permanent basis. This role will be based at our prestigious manufacturing site in Hethel.

Our aspiration is to develop class leading quality and reliability in our products and processes, applying the latest technologies and approaches in an innovative way, ensuring Quality of product at Launch and continued improvement in serial production.

Reporting the New Product Quality Director this role will be responsible for Implementing robust, proactive Quality Engineering activities during product development phases to drive a right first-time mentality within the business. Ensuring we develop effective, product evaluation activities both in plant and externally during launch which can continue into Production.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Build, lead and develop a team of global quality focussed, enthusiastic individuals who will drive proactive quality activities into the early stages of vehicle programmes.
  • Develop and implement Global Quality Standards for parts, vehicle and systems and embed into the quality processes for inline and offline inspection
  • Implement Software stds quality process to ensure robustness at design stage and set quality process
  • Define and deliver a clear Failure Mode Avoidance strategy in line with the China team and the Geely based systems from concept through to production for future Lotus product
  • Monitor and report activity status to the programme & engineering teams and senior management
  • Define & champion vehicle evaluation activities (QRT/FFB) during the whole product life-cycle, particularly pre-production phases, ensuring all issues are captured and fed back into the programme for resolution
  • Oversee running of Quality Reliability team and activities to ensure all projects deliver their Q Targets on time and to budget
  • Close collaboration with the Current Vehicle Quality Operations Teams in UK and China to define on-going (small series and mass production) vehicle evaluation methods and processes,
  • Manage departmental resource and workload to ensure all project milestones/deliverables are met on time and to budget


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • A solid background within the automotive sector  supported by formal Engineering Qualifications (Minimum HNC/D);
  • Quality Engineering / Failure Mode Avoidance / Product Evaluation experience.
  • Proven experience of implementing FMA activities within an OEM or Tier 1 automotive environment.
  • Excellent project management skills for timing, resource and cost.
  • Proficient MS office software.
  • Motivated and able to work autonomously & as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, written & verbal.
  • Cross functional teamwork skills.


  • Engineering Degree or equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of vehicle assembly processes & techniques.
  • Experience of Quality Reliability Testing activities at vehicle level.


 About Lotus:

Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarter for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track.

Lotus builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.

The latest new model from Lotus is the Eletre. Unveiled in March 2022, it has the soul of a sports car and the usability of an SUV. It is pure electric, and represents a clear vision of the future ambition of the company.

The ongoing transformation of Lotus, from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand, is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy. It states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative and motivated people to join us on our journey.

We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility; with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.

What we offer you:

In addition to a competitive salary, you will have access to the following benefits:

  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • Hybrid working
  • Half day finish on a Friday
  • 6% pension contribution 
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme, based on your contribution and the performance of the company
  • Private Healthcare
  • Group income protection based on length of service
  • Paid time off for medical appointments
  • Employee Car Ownership Scheme
  • Family Friendly policies
  • Exclusive Employee discount, wellbeing and recognition platform #ForUSLOT 


We reserve the right to close this role early if a high volume of applicants is received.