Automotive engineers involved in the sales process have a responsibility to ensure that your automotive supply company stays on top of the latest regulations. Changes in regulations often drive design changes, which changes cost structures, which requires an intense amount of communication and collaboration amongst the sales, finance and engineering staff.
How are Engineering heads managing regulation changes? They manage by:
1. Staying informed of automotive regulations.
Websites like SEMA and SAE international publish automotive engineering standards, but also automotive engineering standards under development. As the VP of Engineering, a critical part of the job is staying informed and finding ways to influence change internally as well as externally. Commit budget to go to conferences and network with peers.
2. Communicating automotive regulatory changes throughout the organization.
It’s not enough for you to know when a regulation has changed. Your team needs to understand as well. As a critical part of the engineering team, you may need to understand the impact the regulation change will have to cost, design, timing and production. You can also share regulation documents through Microsoft Team and SharePoint or use Dynamics 365 to automatically post notifications to other users who need to be aware of and understand relevant regulation changes so they know how to adjust appropriately.
3. Manage regulatory changes within the engineering project automation system.
Software applications like Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation enable engineers to define and track milestones for changes to the automotive part, and have status changes reflected throughout every stage of the process from sales to production. That will keep you ahead of production issues and be more proactive in communicating and resolving problems. Project templates can also be developed and used to ensure consistency and adherence to best practices such as APQP.
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Author: Mark Schindler, Software Sales