Plant Launch Manager

US-GA-Austell
1 month ago
Job ID
2017-1241
# of Openings
1
Category
Engineering

Overview

Develop manufacturing methods and provide support for launches of new model programs, quoting activity, continuous improvement of programs in production and service, along with special projects assigned from upper management. Manage overall plant continual improvement.  Assist with preventive action and corrective action activities to reduce/eliminate customer complaints, internal defects/PPMs, and waste.

Responsibilities

  • Work with all levels of the plant to create a safe workplace.
  • Coordinates the establishment of accurate timelines and progress reports pertaining to the Plant Program activities.
  • Liaises with the Program Management within the Sales Engineering Business Unit and acts as the point person for all Plant Program activities.
  • Oversees the Plant Program “Check Point Reviews” and coordinates the formation and distribution of Plant Open Issues and meeting minutes related to the programs.
  • Engages the support and services of VE/VA, Purchasing/Design/R & D/Materials Control and Laboratory as necessary to ensure the successful launch of the program.
  • Leads the Program Gate Reviews and ensures that deliverables pertaining to the Plant are available in a timely manner.
  • Provides manufacturing input/feasibility related to product design to ensure that “Design for Manufacture” principles are followed.
  • Interact with Costing/Estimating Group to ensure that necessary information is provided to assist in the development of accurate and current manufacturing costs.
  • Responsible for inputting Bill of Materials (BOMs) into PLEX and ensuring accuracy.
  • Maintain and track tooling dollars to quote.
  • Drive internal coordination between materials, quality, production, and engineering to recover any tooling overages or profit loss.
  • Responsible for following parts through testing and coordinating activities if issues arise.
  • Manage actualized cost detail to ensure profit margins are meeting or exceeding quoted margins.
  • Participates as requested in Customer meetings pertaining to the Plant programs.
  • Provides input from the Plant perspective on the selection of Tooling sources and Tool design.
  • Plays an active role within the Plant Management Team responsible for the overall direction and performance of the facility.
  • Liaises with the Plant Manager and Plant Controller regarding open financial issues pertaining to the program.
  • Participates in Plant Operations Reviews and prepares and presents data pertaining to program status.
  • Develop & continually improve APQP documents: Standards, Process Flow, PFMEA, Control Plan, Work Station Layout, Work Instructions, Inspection Criteria, Master Parts and Boundary Samples.
  • Responsible for design, build, and trials of secondary equipment and fixtures.
  • Work with operations to create a safe and efficient work space.
  • Develop packaging and related documents for new programs.
  • Complete documentation, equipment on time per customer and internal timelines.
  • Manage and schedule with production new model development trials.
  • Manage assigned customer portals as it relates to product launches. (Engineering, APQP, PPAP, etc)
  • Prepare and submit customer approval documentation (PPAP, NMR, etc.).
  • Manage continual improvement activity using strong leadership and development of multi-disciplinary teams (MDT).
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities that will both motivate and develop direct reports at all levels.
  • Utilize a mentoring approach that will foster a team spirit within the areas of responsibility for collective success.
  • Serve as corrective action champion or team member.
  • Continually improve relationship and EGI’s position with customers and suppliers thru direct interface and strong leadership.
  • Drive continual improvements to eliminate waste.
  • On-time submission and completion of customer documentation and corrective actions.
  • Travel locally and internationally to interface with suppliers and customers.

 

Decision Making Authority

  • Contact suppliers to correct concerns with the supply chain.
  • Contact customer regarding new model and mass production manufacturing issues.
  • Contain/recall product and/or suspend production if an out of order condition exists.
  • Place parts on Hold when needed
  • Scrap parts when necessary
  • Develop manufacturing methods
  • Confer with vendors, staff, and management regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities and project status
  • Formulate sampling procedures and design and develop forms and instruction for recording, evaluating and reporting quality and reliability data

Qualifications

Required Competencies, Skills and Experience

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Project.
  • Basic skills with CAD or other modeling software.
  • Understanding of AIAG processes: APQP, PFMEA, SPC, MSA, PPAP, etc.
  • Knowledge of GD&T / CMM.
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Prior experience in Automotive Industry
  • Prior experience with injection molding, tooling, and assembly equipment
  • Basic understanding of engineering concepts.
  • Must be able to multi-task, prioritize and possess good time management tools.
  • Ability to work overtime and travel.
  • Good communication skills.

 

Preferred Skills

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Project.
  • Basic skills with CAD or other modeling software.
  • Understanding of AIAG processes: APQP, PFMEA, SPC, MSA, PPAP, etc.
  • Knowledge of GD&T / CMM.
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Prior experience in Automotive Industry
  • Prior experience with injection molding, tooling, and assembly equipment

 

Education and Job Experience Requirements

  • Four years of college or equivalent in Engineering (Plastics, Mechanical or Quality preferred).
  • Basic knowledge of quality concepts, statistical analysis, plastic materials, processing and tooling.
  • Two to four years of manufacturing experience and knowledge.

 

Work Environment and Physical & Mental Demands

  • Ability to work in non-climate controlled plant areas and climate controlled office areas
  • Ability to be exposed to noisy plant areas and forklift traffic and occasionally work from outside and work from heights
  • Ability to walk on concrete floors, lift up to 55lbs
  • Perform repetitive keystrokes on a continual basis
  • Occasionally bend, kneel twist and reach
  • Possess near-vision
  • Ability to apply inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Ability to make decisions and take appropriate actions when it comes to the recall or suspension of a product
  • Ability to do minimal travel on short notice

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