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Application Engineer Specialist

Requisition ID:  19410
Job Category:  Engineering & Technology
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

Pune, IN

About SKF

SKF started its operations in India in 1923. Today, SKF provides industry leading automotive and industrial engineered solutions through its five technology-centric platforms: bearings and units, seals, mechatronics, lubrication solutions and services. Over the years the company has evolved from being a pioneer ball bearing manufacturing company to a knowledge-driven engineering company helping customers achieve sustainable and competitive business excellence.


SKF's solutions provide sustainable ways for companies across the automotive and industrial sectors to achieve breakthroughs in friction reduction, energy efficiency, and equipment longevity and reliability. With a strong commitment to research-based innovation, SKF India offers customized value-added solutions that integrate all its five technology platforms.

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About Automotive 

SKF is a leading global supplier in the automotive industry, providing solutions for various applications such as wheel end, powertrain, driveline, and suspension. SKF's automotive business is focused on delivering innovative solutions to OEMs and the aftermarket. The company has a strong presence in the automotive market, with a range of products and services designed to improve performance, reduce friction, and increase efficiency. SKF's automotive business is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the industry, with a focus on sustainability, electrification, and digitalization. 


SKF Purpose Statement

Together, we re-imagine rotation for a better tomorrow.

By creating intelligent and clean solutions for people and the planet





Job Title:       Application Engineer

Reports To:   Girish Kumar (Head Engineering PV WE)

Role Type:     Individual Contribution

Location:       Pune


Role Purpose:

We are in the process of identifying a suitable candidate for the role of Application Engineer for Automotive OE Business. The focus will be on passenger vehicle wheel ends and suspension bearings.

The Application Engineer is responsible for defining the technical needs of customer and translating them into a competitive SKF technical proposals to help generate profitable business. Working closely with full value chain, they manage and lead technical partnership with customers, identifying opportunities, responding to inquiries, handling complaints, evaluating, and mitigating technical risks.



Key Responsibilities

  • Independently lead and grow business engagement with OEM/Tier-1 Engineering and sourcing teams acting as customer single point of contact for bearings and seals.
  • Actively identify and pursue new business opportunities by understanding customer concerns and evolving market needs.
  • Identify and analyse the customer technical requirements and communicate the parameters clearly and accurately to the SKF engineering value chain.
  • Facilitate and drive engineering activities as per SKF ETO process from the start of business opportunity until end of production, including specification phase, prototype phase, industrialization phase, series production phase and warranty phase.
  • Create application engineering proposals and customized solutions according to customer requirements and present to customer in a clear and effective manner.
  • Work in coordination with SKF product design and product engineering teams to facilitate DFMEA and discuss the same with customer on a specific project or product line.
  • Prepare and execute design verification and process validation test plans using global testing resources.
  • Promote and emphasize first-time quality by offering critical assessment of product or processes and employ continuous improvement activities such as lessons learned, warranty analysis, etc.
  • Participate in the execution of Root Cause Analysis of the customers' application issues and contribute to the issue resolution.
  • Participate and contribute to internal and external trainings, assist with the development of training material.
  • Actively participate in maintaining workplace safety by adhering to all safety protocols, reporting hazards promptly, and upholding the company's code of conduct in all professional interactions.


Candidate Profile: 

  • University master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering with 4-6 years’ relevant work experience in automotive applications.
  • Experience with passenger vehicle application is preferred.
  • Though not essential, experience in following offer a distinct advantage – Finite element methods, bearing testing, bearing steels, seals, greases, heat treatment and typical bearing manufacturing processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Proven track record from operational and strategic work in the engineering domain.
  • Dependable, reliable, and self-motivated.
  • Candidate demonstrates the ability to relentlessly pursue business opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills.

About SKF

SKF has been around for more than a century and today we are one of the world’s largest global suppliers of bearings and supporting solutions for rotating equipment. With more than 40,000 employees in around 130 countries, we are truly global. Our products are found everywhere in society. In fact, wherever there is movement, SKF’s solutions might be at work. This means that we are an important part of the everyday lives of people and companies around the world. See more, at

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