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:



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