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Manufacturing Engineer Group Leader

Job Description

Job Summary:


Responsible to guide a team of engineers for the manufacturing processes of sub-assemblies and finished product for a designated manufacturing area. Focus on achieving key product indicators including safety, cost, quality and delivery. Manage continuous improvement projects and determine root cause of production issues. Work is of the technical nature where independent judgment is used and decisions are made within the limits of general practice policies. Works with minimal supervision.


 


Essential Functions:


Provides leadership and direction to a group of manufacturing engineers/technicians


Reviews and analyzes production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine root causes of problems


Develops work methods and standards


Develops and maintains process flow diagrams and PFMEA plans


Establishes and maintains certification requirements for appropriate machinery (eg. Work instructions, CVR's, initial production training sign-offs)


Keeps management team informed of progress, developments and pending problems


Implements lean manufacturing practices such as 5S, Kanban, poka-yoke, visual management, 1-piece flow


Utilizes structured problem solving tools e.g. A3, 5Y, 8D, Ishikawa, PDCA, Six Sigma DMAIC, Shainin, etc.


Leads cross functional teams to support all aspects of manufacturing


Develops goals/objectives and defines metrics to measure performance to the goals for their engineering group


Establishes yearly targets and KPI's for group. Maintains regular reporting structure for targets and goals to be tracked and communicated. Participates in plant business planning process


Supports plant-wide commitment to meet all International Standards ISO/TS16949, ISO 14001, VDA, etc.


 


Additional Responsibilities:


 


Education:


College graduate with BS degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Manufacturing Engineering preferred or AS degree in an Engineering discipline with relevant work experience


 


Experience:


Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing and assembly processes


Knowledge of materials and methods of manufacturing


5-7 years of experience in an automated or semi-automated manufacturing environment with demonstrated leadership experience


Ability to interpret blueprints, electrical schematics, and drawings


Knowledge of electro-mechanical systems


 


Specific Skills:


High level of analytical ability where problems are complex


Understanding of manufacturing processes


High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others


Effective written and oral communication skills


Ability to work in and lead cross-functional teams


 


Desired - Education/Skills/Experience:


German language skills (reading, writing, speaking)


Knowledge of automotive driveline components


Familiar with friction welding, balancing, and paint processes


Familiarity with SAP R/3 enterprise system


Prior experience with an automotive supplier


Prior experience with a start-up operation


 


Physical Requirements:


Ability to walk/move about a 250,000+ sq ft manufacturing facility: 80% of the time


Ability to stand/walk/move about specific work area: 75% of the time


Ability to bend/reach/twist/stoop: 40% of the time


Ability to lift up to 30lbs on a frequent basis: 30% of the time


Ability to lift over 30lbs on an infrequent basis: 10% of the time


Ability to push/pull materials using motorized and non-motorized material handling equipment on an infrequent basis: 20% of the time


Ability to sit at a work station: 80% of the time


Ability to work and operate a computer terminal: 80% of the time


Vision is required to analyze and process work; and to work on computer terminal/machine centers, etc.


Hearing is essential for safety reasons; and to communicate with employees, supervisors, managers, vendors, suppliers and customers via conversation, group meetings, and/or phone conferences


Ability to work all shifts and/or flexible hours


Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally: up to 10% of the time


 



Company Description
IFA Rotorion NA, LLC is the North American headquarters for one of the world's leading suppliers of drive shafts for the automotive industry. Located in Charleston, South Carolina and Novi, Michigan, IFA Rotorion brand is well-known and respected around the world. Our unique combination of German and American culture provides our associates with an excellent working environment and comprehensive total compensation package.



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