The core team consists of about 9 full-time functions. The tasks of the core team are to manage the project and to guide the engineers.
Ideally, the the following functions are included in the core team:
The Team Manager is the leader of the team. He inspires and motivates team members to perform just that little bit extra. In addition, the Team Manager is the main spokesperson of the team towards the organizers of the competition, the team sponsors and the university. Thus, the Team Manager has leadership skills, good verbal communication skills and an eye for organizing the team and setting a good environment for everyone to work in. The Team Manager is like the Chief Engineer of the team; able to connect everything together and keep a top-level helicopter view of the entire project in order to safeguard all the project goals; education, winning and continuity.
The Technical manager is responsible for the project management of the design, production, testing and racing of the car. Your main task is the management of the product cycle with both hard and soft skills. In the first phase of the project, your ultimate responsibility is setting up the complete project planning and setting out strategic milestones. You are also responsible for determining which standards (e.g. software, hardware, forms, documentation, safety) will be used and how to embed these within the team (training, courses, lectures, protocols etc.). During the remaining phases you are responsible for ensuring that the team achieves the previously set milestones in time and in a technically sound manner. All these activities are carried out in close collaboration with the chief engineer.
You are responsible for the department that makes sure all the aspects around the technical processes are managed. These aspects are vital to ensure the project success. The more the technical departments can focus to their main objective (developing a winning car), the higher the likelihood for success is. In order to develop, produce, test and race with the car at events, resources are needed. As the sponsor manager, you are responsible that these resources are gathered. The resources can be both financial as well as in kind (i.e. materials, knowledge, production capacity). A good Sponsor Manager identifies what the team needs and makes sure it is acquired by any means possible. This implies that the Sponsor Manager has excellent negotiation skills and seeks opportunities everywhere. In addition, the Sponsor Manager knows how to sell the product DUT Racing, and knows why a company would invest in the team and matches this to what DUT Racing has to offer. In this function you will also be manager of the operations group that will help you achieve al the goals mentioned above.
All these aspects have to be aligned with the technical department. Therefore, as an operations manager, communication with the other managers is of high importance.
You are responsible for formulating and implementing the financial strategy of the team. Your task is to allocate budgets according to different scenarios. Further your task will be to charge debtors, pay creditors and account for all financial transactions. A good Finance manager is very strict on the budget and can manage the team to do so to, authority is necessary to make sure that the project stays within budget. To allocate the budgets and to make important financial decisions the right way it is very important to have technical knowledge about the car. Also it is important to know the right suppliers for specific parts. In this function you will often work together with the technical manager, chief engineer and team manager.
You are the key integrating factor for the technical design and production of the car and are responsible for the technical guidance of the lead engineers. Your main task is to carry out, apply and guard the design philosophy. In the first phase of the project, you are ultimately responsible for the technical quality and integration of the concept at the system level. After you decompose the system into subsystems and have assigned these subsystems to (lead) engineers, you guide and control the engineers focusing on the technical content and quality of their work. During manufacturing and assembly you ensure that the entire car is realized according to the specifications established during design. Eventually you care for system verification and validation of the DUT12. All these activities are carried out in close collaboration with the technical manager, finance manger and Chiefs (powertrain/drivetrain, suspension, chassis and electronics).
Head of Department (Chief)
You are the main designer within your department and are responsible for the technical and organizational guidance of the engineers in the this group. Your main task is to carry out a complete product development cycle whilst applying and guarding the design philosophy. In the first phase of the project, you are responsible for the technical quality and integration of the department concept in the global concept of the car. After you decompose the design into smaller subsystems and have assigned these subsystems to engineers, you guide and control the engineers focusing on the technical content, process and quality of their work. During manufacturing and assembly you ensure that this is done according to the specifications. Eventually you care for verification and validation. All these activities are carried out in close collaboration with the other (lead) engineers. Your engineers will report to you and you will report to the chief engineer and technical manager.