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Sr. Technical Analysis Manager

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




Monitor Kia vehicle performance conditions in the field regarding potential safety and reliability. Provide technical support to Consumer Affairs for vehicle claim resolution, perform vehicle inspections to support consumer claims defense and Lemon Law and warranty claim analysis. Provide technical support to KMA Legal and outside counsel for claims and lawsuit matters. This position also provides oversight for the technical analysis engineer position by training and supervision for accident and fire vehicle inspection. Provide deposition and trail testimony in Kia vehicle legal matters.

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Monitor Consumer Affairs, Warranty Data, Techline cases, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, etc. to identify potential Kia vehicle safety and reliability concerns. Summarize and communicate potential concerns to management. 30%
2nd Review Consumer Affairs (CA) injury accident claims and vehicle fire claims. Provide technical recommendations to resolve CA accident and fire claims. 15%
3rd Perform Kia vehicle inspections in the field for injury accident and fire claims. Accident claim vehicles are inspected to determine if vehicle systems performed properly. Vehicle and occupant kinematics, dynamics, biomechanics, physics and accident Event Data Recorder data are used to analyze vehicle and occupant motion, damage and injury causation to evaluate vehicle performance to resolve claims. Fire claim inspections are performed to determine fire origin and root cause. National Fire Protection Association fire science principles and guidelines and the scientific method are followed to arrive at fire origin and root cause determinations for claim resolution. 15%
4th Provide technical assistance to KMA Legal and outside counsel for claims and lawsuit case defense and trial preparation  15%
5th Manage the Technical Analysis Engineers. Provide training and supervision for accident and fire vehicle inspection, analyzing vehicle accident performance and fire origin and root cause. Review and assist with the Technical Analysis Engineer’s conclusions and recommendations. 15%
6th Provide corporate and technical expert witness testimony in depositions and trials to assist in the aggressive defense of Kia products. 10%



  • BS degree in Engineering or Automotive Technology or equivalent work-related experience required 

Overall Experience

  • 5- 10 years of experience in automotive technical positions such as Technical Analysis, Product Quality or in an automotive engineering environment  

Directly Related Experience

  • Strong working knowledge of automotive systems and technology with the ability to perform hands-on vehicle system performance assessments 


Other Requirements:

  • Frequent domestic travel (over 50%) and occasional international travel is required
  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Automotive technical knowledge - body, chassis, power train, brakes, electrical, safety system.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong analytical skills with demonstrated ability to interpret and summarize data into meaningful information.
Working knowledge of statistical and in-life analysis using Weibull software
Ability to work and communicate clearly with members of various KMNA/KMA Departments.
Advanced knowledge of standard PC software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Developing Talent
Driving Continuous Improvement
Inspiring and Motivating Others
Managing Risk
Setting a Strategic Vision


Equal Employment Opportunities

KMA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KMA complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KMA has offices.  The KMA EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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