Research & Information Systems Consultant
United States-New Jersey-Allendale
Provides assistance and support to Research and Information Systems Manager in the following areas: Product Defense, Patent Litigation, Electronic Discovery, Information Governance, Litigation Technology, Product Research and Reporting, Internet and Social Media Activities.
Coordinates and provides the necessary guidance, supportive services and information, both technical and non-technical in nature to general and local Volkswagen Group product defense staff and legal counsel.
Works with legal counsel to develop, refine and present specific and broad defense strategies, which will best serve the interests of the corporation in matters of litigation and trial effectively and efficiently. Participates in relevant legal and engineering conferences providing technical expertise in automotive product and system performance and functionality.
Contributes to defense of patent infringement matters by presenting personal knowledge and engineering facts to counsel for preparation of technical defense in which an infringement is alleged involving Volkswagen Group vehicles, systems, processes, methods and solutions.
Assists counsel with research regarding state of prior art of vehicle or information technologies in the U.S.
Supports management of electronic discovery and retention systems and other litigation technologies in coordination with legal counsel. Consults on, and provides assistance with, electronic discovery and information governance processes. Assists with policy enforcement relating to data on company systems.
Assists Research Analyst and Product Data Coordinator personnel responsible for research, collection and analysis of service, warranty, parts, customer and product data in the public domain affecting VW Group products.
Performs a personal liaison function with appropriate personnel throughout Volkswagen Group Organizations, in order to acquire and prepare technical data relative to the defense of these entities in coordination with counsel.
Works with counsel to ensure necessary data collection is current using a variety of techniques and databases, analyzing the data and producing quantitative and qualitative reports.
Designs, guides, and conducts research incorporating new methods and technologies for analysis of raw data.
Performs various field surveys on Volkswagen Group and competitor vehicles in support of product defense at the request of counsel and or any of the Volkswagen Group companies.
Assists counsel in providing answers to interrogatories, requests for production, and request for admissions.
Conceives and performs tests, demonstrations and evaluations, relative to litigation and trial issues in coordination with counsel and conducts personal research projects in order to enhance knowledge of technical matters.
Evaluates all internally available information responsive to lawsuit allegations and advises counsel with respect to all findings.
Secures and coordinates facilities, vehicle and exhibits requisite to developing sound, effective defense strategies and tactics in coordination with counsel.
- 5-7 years of related experience with thorough knowledge and understanding of automotive technology and engineering principles
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering
- Ability to understand, interpret, explain and report upon complex engineering and technical documentation.
- Must possess extensive Volkswagen Group automotive product knowledge (vehicle components, systems and functions)
- Experience, education and training on Volkswagen Group vehicle systems, features and operation.
- Thorough knowledge of Windows file management; file transfer protocol (FTP), advanced relational databases and WWW research skills as related to litigation
- Must be prepared to travel (20%+) to perform assigned duties.
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- 4+ years automotive technical experience
- Basic understanding of legal processes and handling evidence.
Volkswagen is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.