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ProfileSenior Engineer - Regulatory Policy The candidate provides vehicle development and design direction through review of federal and state regulations, historical government interpretations, industry standards and best practices, outside consultants, and competitor analysis. Provides expert input to Government Affairs and Office of General Council on safety-related federal and state legislation. Obtains waivers, changes, or interpretations of requirements as needed. Provides safety compliance advice to engineering staff responsible for developing after-market parts for US market. Provides expert input on active safety and advanced technology topics as needed to support Marketing, Product Planning, Product Support, Parts Division, Washington Government Affairs Office, and Office of General Counsel (in conjunction with General Manager and Manager of Integrated Safety). Administers and supports research contracts and testing efforts in support of Group technical policy goals. Collects and distributes research and media information on matters related to active safety and advanced technology within the Group. Analyzes, Interprets, and supports response to Governmental Regulations. Drafts petitions for reconsideration and rule-making and requests for interpretation for submission to government agencies. Analyzes all statutory enactments and regulatory requirements related to active safety and advanced technology regulations and guidance documentation in the US and Canada, including the NHTSA Anti-Theft (parts marking and alarm system exemption) and Industry Canada regulations affecting vehicle design. In consultation with company experts, develops comments and prepares documents for government submissions in compliance with requirements. Summarizes and analyzes the implications of Federal Register safety regulation proposals, rules, and information notices for distribution to interested persons in Group and prepares comments or petitions as needed. Recommends appropriate Group action to comply with regulatory requirements, as well as to position Group favorably in relation to government agencies and industry competitors. Actively participates in the development of SAE standards and Recommended Practices related to key areas of active safety and advanced technology. Represents Group to Internal and External Parties. Represents Group in technical committees and in meetings with administration/governmental authorities in the US and Canada on matters related to active safety and advanced safety technology. Represents the Group as Compliance Consultant during NHTSA and Transport Canada audits. Advances Group interests within SAE Vehicle Safety Systems Group (Safety and Human Factors, Automated On-Road Vehicles, Lighting, Active Safety Systems), including the attainment of advanced positions at level of Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman in groups that impact future regulations. Represents Group in meetings of the Alliance, Global Automakers Canada, SAE, and other conferences; promotes effectively Group interests in these meetings and forums, and reports developments to Group. Researchs and Tests to support technical development or future rulemaking activities. Supports development and execution of internal policy for NHTSA driver distraction guidelines. Supports research and testing activities necessary for technical development departments for Group brands including the following areas; compliance testing, lighting performance, consumer information validation. Coordinates with technical development departments in Germany to determine appropriate test activities related to technical benchmarking. Consults Research Institutes to discuss testing methods. Must have 7+ years of government and regulatory affairs experience. Should have 7+ years of committee membership (Alliance, SAE, ISO…). Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science or equivalent. Law Degree (Juris Doctor or LLB) is required. Should have technical expertise in automotive active safety technology. Must have general understanding of product safety landscape within automotive industry. Expert knowledge of automotive safety regulations, best practices, and consumer safety evaluation programs is required. Should have expertise regarding North America legal and governance systems and regulatory authorities with jurisdiction over the automobile industry. Previous industry standards committee member experience is needed. 5+ years of experience working with trade associations and government agencies is a plus. Should preferably have 5+ years of involvement in research/development in any of the following areas; human factors; automated driving; vehicle homologation. 5+ years of experience in vehicle lighting requirements is a plus.
Job ID: SAF000036.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr.
Herndon, VA 20171