Design Engineer - Interior/Exterior
Toyota 1,472 reviews - Los Angeles, CA

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Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota directly employs more than 34,000 people in the U.S. and sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012.

At Toyota, we're committed to the associates who are part of the Toyota team. We offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and exciting opportunities for career development. The TMS team is looking for diverse top-caliber associates who are committed to sustaining our success through continuous improvement and respect for the individual. In our pursuit of becoming the most respected and successful company in the U.S., we are looking for highly motivated applicants for our available positions.

The Corporate Accessory Department (CAD) is looking for a

Design Engineer.

This position is responsible for the technical portion of interior and exterior accessory development and coordination with other divisions of Toyota and suppliers to meet necessary quality, performance and departmental objectives. Potential product responsibility may include rear spoiler (injection/blow molded), body side molding (injection molded), convertible wind screen, carpet and all weather floor and trunk/cargo mats (die cut and molded), body kit/ground effects (injection molded or thermoformed).

Key Responsibilities

Work on a team to plan, develop, implement, approve, control and follow parts through the development life cycle

Review and approve CAD data, drawings, etc. and conduct design reviews before tooling kick off

Establish evaluation and quality assurance requirements for developed accessories through close coordination with TMC and other key Toyota divisions. Develop testing criteria for new products. Identify, develop and communicate product specifications to suppliers

Analyze and evaluate accessory products to ensure quality standards and customer needs are met. Perform product evaluations (Fit and Function, etc.) and design reviews on all new products during prototype and pre-production development phases

Utilize soft skills to communicate set and manage. Coordinate expectations of internal stakeholders and build consensus. Also expected to work closely with the supply base to achieve objectives

Document and continuously improve process and procedures for the functional area

Use advanced technical knowledge to predict and prevent issues as well as analyze, develop and implement countermeasures for ongoing issues. Implement lessons learned into current and future design and design guidelines



Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or other technical related discipline or equivalent work experience required

Computer Aided Design experience and knowledge to apply tolerance stack up using GD&T or traditional tolerance practices

Excellent communication (written and verbal), problem solving, interpersonal and organizational skills

Proficiency with PC software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc….)

Knowledge of mechanical design principals, stress analysis, and manufacturing principals

Ability to disassemble vehicle components in order to install and evaluate accessory products

9/80 compressed work week schedule available

Overseas and travel within North America is required, up to 25%


Minimum of 5 years of professional level experience in an automotive product development environment

Product testing procedures: familiarity of ASTM, SAE, FMVSS, and working knowledge of product developmental processes and procedures

Basic knowledge of electrical / electronic circuitry

To applicants with a potential relocation:
This position is


eligible for TMS Relocation Benefits.

Toyota is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, ancestry, religion, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Toyota hires U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and temporary residents. Temporary residence status does not include individuals in non-immigrant status (H, B, L, or TN visas) or those with temporary work authorization, such as students in practical training status (F and J visas).

Toyota provides reasonable accommodations consistent with its legal obligations. Any applicant who, because of a disability or religion, needs reasonable accommodation or other assistance at any point in the application process, or thereafter if hired, should contact the Human Resources Department by sending an email to

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Design Engineering

Primary Location

US-CA-Greater Los Angeles-Torrance


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