Software Team Leader

21 September 2021
Location : Birmingham

Contract Type : Full Time

Description :

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Changan is one of the largest car manufacturers from China. Currently Top 15 in the world, Changan has ambitious plans to become a global leader by developing next generation intelligent and electrified vehicles for its worldwide customers.

Changan UK R&D Centre (CAUK) was founded by Changan in 2010 to design and develop its next generation powertrains. Based in Birmingham Business Park, we are the pioneers in Changan Global R&D for designing and developing advanced systems including electric drive systems, hybrid powertrain systems, hydrogen fuel cell systems and range extender systems.

A vital part to our future success is our ability to deliver smart software to control our next generation smart powertrains. CAUK has a Powertrain Software Department that is dedicating its effort for this purpose. We are looking for an experienced software engineering professional to lead the software team in this effort.

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As the software team leader, a major and integral part of your role will be ensuring the successful delivery of our powertrain control software, covering both platform and applications. You will also support designing new architectures with smart technologies and leading the team to deliver software based on those. This role will require you to work with the wider cross-functional teams to develop a good understanding of various powertrain technologies and, to communicate clearly with non-software domain engineers. 

You will be part of the management team of our Powertrain Software Department. You will bring in team development skills to mentor and grow the software team and help them take on current demands and future challenges. You will also assist the head of the department to define and refine the department growth strategies.

Personal Specification


  • Batchelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, maths or physics 
  • At least 8 years of experience developing and implementing software for real-time embedded applications
  • Expert understanding of model-based software development with MATLAB / Simulink
  • Good working knowledge of software development processes, workflows, and standards e.g. Auto SPICE
  • Good working knowledge of software version control tools e.g. Git / Subversion / Perforce
  • Experience of designing and applying formal software architectures
  • Experience of managing/leading a team of engineers to deliver high quality embedded software / control systems
  • Capable of delivering high-level technical presentations to senior management
  • Ability to prioritise multiple work streams in a dynamic and changing environment 


  • Practical knowledge of V-cycle and Agile development methodologies
  • Experience in delivering mass-production automotive embedded software projects
  • Experience in software for safety critical systems
  • Experience in DevOps tool chain and implementation
  • Experience of software testing and quality metrics (coverage analysis, complexity analysis)
  • Experience with automotive communication protocols e.g. CAN / CAN FD / UDS
  • Knowledge of machine learning and big data algorithms and implementations
  • Management experience: recruiting, mentoring and developing the team 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Lead Software Development 
    • Prepare software development plans and manage the allocation of resources
    • Lead and manage the software development activities and outputs
    • Review and approve work products created by the team
    • Ensure architectural integrity of software solutions
    • Provide ongoing assessment of software design processes and optimise changes as needed 
  • Contribute to Advanced Research
    • Support advanced SW development including machine learning and big data features
    • Support development and validation of advanced energy management algorithms
    • Support software platform architectures design and optimisation
    • Supply software to support the developments of smart and zero-carbon powertrain components
  • Develop and Grow the Team  
    • Contribute in the development and delivery of the departmental strategy 
    • Conduct annual performance appraisals and objective settings for team members 
    • Support staff recruitment as required 
    • Actively support the professional development and training of the team members 
    • Interface and collaborate with software team lead and colleagues based in China HQ 

Other Features of job:

  • Role based in the UK with core CAUK team. Occasional travel to other CA sites, on development trips and to visit suppliers is a requirement.
  • Must be eligible to work in the UK

If you are selected for an interview, our recruitment team will normally contact you directly. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to inform the candidates who are not shortlisted or give specific feedback.

Package : Competitive salary package, negotiable dependant on experience / qualifications.