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Vehicle Compliance Regulatory Liaison

Novi, MI

Vehicle Compliance Regulatory Liaison


Novi, MI, US


Company is currently seeking a Manager, Vehicle Compliance Regulatory Liaison (VRCL) for their Corporate Headquarters located in Novi, MI reporting directly to the Sr Vice President VRCL. This individual will be responsible for Vehicle safety certification including FMVSS, VIN requirements and interfacing with NHTSA and industry related Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) committees. The VRCL Manager will also be involved in other vehicle certification related activities involving EPA and CARB.


  • Follow and support evolving vehicle regulations (Emission, GHG, and Safety) and support Company in developing Company vehicles and engines for the US market to ensure they are designed to be in compliance with any and all laws/regulations of the US regarding the environment, safety and certification
  • Communicate with National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding certification and collection of rulemaking information for all Company brand products 
  • Report/ summarize results and rulemaking activities to Company
  • Attend meetings hosted by Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and provide Company with information regarding activities, regulations and policy of Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), EPA, CARB and NHTSA
  • Interact with regulating agencies and EMA to advocate on Company’s behalf and assure Company’s position to be reflected in proposals and EMA activities
  • Coordinate with NHTSA, EPA, CARB and Company to convey Company direction and promote our relationship with NHTSA, EPA and CARB
  • Assist the engineers of Company in communications and/or negotiations with the EPA, CARB and/or NHTSA
  • Attend and support plant audits, compliance tests, and any other requests from Company
  • Negotiate with other governmental authorities including EPA, CARB and NHTSA regarding emission, fuel efficiency/GHG and safety of Company brand products in accordance with the instructions from Company for the smooth operation of audits and tests 
  • Collect information of regulation related to vehicle safety, exhaust emission, GHG, certification and recall, and report them to Company
  • Submit reports to NHTSA, EPA and CARB regarding defects and/or recalls in accordance with the instruction from Customer Quality Engineering Division of Company
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in automotive industry and 4 plus years of experience in automotive regulatory affairs
  • Interest and/or experience in working in a multi-cultural work environment
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, IE
  • Existing knowledge of related regulations and standards is strongly preferred
  • Experience in conducting pre-regulatory research activities is preferred.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with regulatory agencies and industry colleagues is preferred 
  • Interpersonal skills primarily in working with regulatory agencies EPA, CARB and NHTSA.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments in order to meet deadlines and achieve targets
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, IE)
  • Interest and/or experience in working in a multi-cultural work environment


  • Bachelor’s degree in related Engineering field or the equivalent combination of education and related work experience.


  • Willingness to travel to Japan and within North America up to 20%
  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
Company requires all new hires submit and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check prior to beginning employment.
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Onward Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.  We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits promotions, training, termination or any other condition of employment or career development.   All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, veteran status, disability status or any other legally protected status.

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