Advanced Materials & Composites // Operational Lead Composite Engineer | Lelystad, Nederland

Lightweight. One of the most important core values ​​of Donkervoort Automobielen in the past 40 years. Carbon fiber plays a major role in this and results from the continuous search for lighter, stronger and safer (vehicle) constructions.

Donkervoort has many years of experience in the design and production of composite components, intended for its lightweight and pure sports cars. For example, 95 percent of the bodywork of the current production model consists of this super strong and ultra-light material. To be able to produce even lighter and stronger carbon components, Donkervoort has developed the patented EX-CORE® carbon fiber technology in-house in recent years. The single shot production technology ensures that both the inner and outer shell and the foam core can be produced in one go. In order to be able to achieve this, not only the foam core and the production technology were developed, but also a proprietary tooling technology with surface heating was developed.

Donkervoort Advanced Materials & Composites has rapidly become one of the most important and fastest developing departments within Donkervoort. The production of both the D8 GTO-RS and the D8 GTO-40 is in full swing. Both models have been and are sold very well and Donkervoort now has a waiting list of more than a year. In order to be able to meet the increasing demand more quickly and to prepare ourselves for the future, we are continuously working on further optimizing the production process.

In addition, EX-CORE was recently selected for the European Innovation Grant in High-Tech Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, which gives us the opportunity to scale up faster, to develop more quickly and to prepare and test the production method for mass production. For this  rapidly growing department we are immediately looking for an Operational Lead Composite Engineer, who can continue to expand Donkervoort Advanced Materials & Composites with his / her good leadership qualities, love for structure and innovation and hands-on mentality.

As Operational Lead Composite Engineer you provide operational management to the employees in this department. Your work will largely take place on the work floor. If necessary, you also jump in with the work. You maintain contact with the Head of Production and employees about the planning and manner of carrying out the assignments and discuss any technical issues with them. Your responsibility is to ensure the timely delivery of high quality composite components and the continuous optimization of the production process with regard to quality, quantity and efficiency. You also play an active role in the development and growth of EX-CORE and you think along with (other) innovations.

You are responsible for all aspects of leading the Advanced Materials & Composites team, including planning. You coach your team members and encourage them to contribute to continuous improvements, you solve problems, give instructions and help your team to set priorities. You are able to manage your team in a motivating and inspiring way, and aim to let them excel.

We offer a unique and varied job with good development opportunities at a world-famous sports car manufacturer. You work with a small and motivated team, in which every employee counts.

It is a full-time job. Salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO).

Why is this role important to us?
Delivering a pure, genuine, high-quality and high-tech product is of the utmost importance to us. This of course stands or falls with the way in which and the care with which our cars are built. EX-CORE is in the starting blocks for big growth and we attach great importance to the growth and development of this ‘high potential’ branch of our company. Our Advanced Materials & Composites team is looking for a born leader who is committed to structure and with a love for innovation. We are looking for someone who will not let themselves out of the field quickly and can think that the beaten track. You are convincing and have a pleasant way of managing.

Your work contributes to the growth of Donkervoort and that is extremely valuable for us.

What we ask of you

  • Completed education in (automotive) technology / materials knowledge or equivalent.
  • Broad knowledge of and interest in plastics / composites and product development (product technology, materials, processes and quality aspects).
  • Leading ambitions
  • Excellent command of Dutch and/or English, both written and oral, German is an advantage.
  • Hands-on, perseverance, enterprising and result-oriented.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, maintain structure and overview, with a wide range of personalities.
  • You are full of energy, you can think “out of the box” and fit into our (relatively young) team.
  • In possession of driving license B.

And of course you have a strong affinity for and knowledge about cars and our brand!

Are you as dynamic and unique as our sports cars? Then we are looking for you!

Are you enthusiastic about the above position and you meet the requirements, then we would love to hear from you!

Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@donkervoort.com and state ‘Operational Lead Composite Engineer’ in the subject line. In addition, inform us about your salary expectations and availability.

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated.