The Art of Engineering Management

Developing products and services your customers want, and delivering them cost effectively is the art of engineering management.

Engineering managers require a blend of 'hard and soft skills' in a range of disciplines, including:-

  • Marketing - to identify and manage customer expectations
  • Creative Thinking and Engineering Science - as they develop conceptual ideas into practical solutions
  • Process Design - as they create capable processes to optimize cost, quality and delivery
  • Finance and Administration - as they ensure the organisation is sustainable and profitable
  • Inter-personal Skills - as they communicate with their colleagues, customers and suppliers

Effective managers understand the impact their actions will have on customer satisfaction and company performance, as they nurture and develop people into effective teams. Knowing that achieving commercial success depends on the systems and processes that allow the organisation to function  - they will ensure that the 'system' supports rather than frustrates people's efforts.

Recognized standards, such as ISO 9000:2015 and TS16949, provide the foundations for an effective Quality Management System enabling companies in the extended supply chain to communicate and coordinate their efforts more effectively. 

However, successful organisations rely on a much larger ecosystem of connected processes and technology - managing the the creation and flow of information, so that decisions are well informed and properly executed. As consultants, Stunell Technology is concerned with the effective use of these systems to improve the product design and process capability - ensuring that customer requirements are satisfied


As engineering management consultants, Stunell Technology works with clients, including vehicles manufacturers and their suppliers, to improve the systems and processes used to develop and manufacture their products - giving them a competitive advantage in global markets.

This may involve;-

  • Solving problems when projects are 'in distress'
  • Training staff to use established tools and techniques in the product development process
  • 'Getting value' out of existing systems by changing how they are used,
  • Improving the quality of data used for decision making

Consultancy projects are by their nature bespoke - depending on the needs of the client - but normally involve working with the client's engineering team to identify why a project is in difficulty and finding a cost effective solution - before improving the process so that the problem does not recur in the next generation of products or projects. Examples include:-

  • Developing a process for predicting, analyising and manageing vehicle weight, using the bills of materials
  • Investigating operating conditions for items of high value mobile equipment
  • Acting as an expert witness in product liability litigation
  • Supporting the implementation of a new ERP system

So, If you need help meeting your client's requirements, why not contact Phil Stunell for an informal discussion


We provide training for engineers and engineering managers  involved in the product development process, delivered by an engineer with extensive experience of product development in the automotive sector.

Courses delivered by Stunell Technology include:-

To learn more, why not contact Phil Stunell


Engineering management turns innovative ideas into practical reality - enabling you to compete in global markets as you satisfy customer requirements and expectations.

The 'Systems and processes' used to manage product design and manufacturing should enable individuals and teams throughout the extended supply chain to co-ordinate their efforts and collaborate to achieve a common purpose - minimizing waste and boosting productivity. We work with our clients to make sure they do.

To find out how contact Phil Stunell