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Advanced Manufacturing Manager

Company: Sterling Engineering
Location: Macomb
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionPosition Overview P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc. is looking to add a highly qualified individual to our team who will play a critical role in the company's growth in the years ahead. The leader of Advanced Engineering will be responsible for current and future process equipment development. They must have experience with developing others, strong understanding and implementation of systems (Lean) that support achievement of world class performance, and a history of impressive accomplishments, largely through the members of their team. This individual must be a very strong leader and coach, who is effective at developing others and completing those items most impactful to continually moving the organization forward. This role is about leading engineering. Managing today's environment is critical to our organization and this role's success. However, this role is also very much about defining the future of the organization, by leading the people and defining systems to achieve exceptional results in the products and processes of tomorrow. We have to re-invent ourselves, and the Engineering role will have tremendous responsibility with this objective. Our organization's roots are in Engineering and we intend to keep it that way. We were founded by creating an innovative, yet simple manufacturing process that achieved results in cost and quality that others could not. We then worked to understand product design and integrated strong product development processes, which allowed for product and process development to be closely aligned from development through launch. Going forward, we will continue to focus on developing simple, yet differentiated manufacturing processes and strong product development systems that continue to enable competitive advantage and create the best value for our customers. Company Description For more than 35 years, our organization has been a specialist in our products. In fact, we are the only company in the world who specializes in clutch return spring packs. This laser sharp focus, combined with the effort of great people, has enabled us to be the global leader in our market. We currently employ more than 140 employees, with annual revenues of approximately $35M. Our organization collaborates with our customers all around the world in product development, and then manufacture these products on proprietary manufacturing equipment and processes we design and build internally. While millions of these products are shipped within the United States, more than 50% are exported, the majority of which go to China. Over the last 3 years, we have experienced significant, triple digit growth. While our company's growth is exciting and will present some great opportunities and challenges, this is not what makes us special. In fact, many mediocre companies are capable of growing to a larger size. What separates us from others is our desire to have a dramatic impact on the world through people. Main Areas of Responsibility o Works independently with their team and collaboratively with leadership team to set process development strategy and is then responsible for execution o Responsible for leading, managing, and building (through recruiting, mentoring/coaching) a world class, high performance Engineering team o Overall responsibility for engineering, including process equipment development, tooling, and launch. o Continuous Improvement and root cause analysis, leading problem solving efforts o Responsible for implementing and achieving KPI's pertaining to manufacturing engineering performance o Responsible for manufacturing engineering systems development and implementation o Analyze capital expenditures and project designs to help find ways to reduce costs o Monitor and optimize equipment and facility capacity o Responsible for optimization of plant layout for materials storage and flow. The Global Leader in Clutch Return Spring Pack Design and Manufacturing Responsible for manufacturing related responsibilities for new product launches; working with Product and Advanced Engineering to ensure new designs and processes are feasible. Proposed 1+ year objectives o Create and implement lean process development standards and system, based on Shingo Model Including build and maintenance standards for existing equipment established and adhered to o Machine performance improved to allow operator to achieve zero defects Elimination of current offline inspection process, with 25% of existing customer complaints Team members utilized in production or other roles Production process costs reduced by 25% with minimal investment o Key processes documented and implemented for world class operations as we scale Ideal Experience o History of achieving impressive results as leader and coach of others o Lean systems implementation and execution experience o History of strong customer relationships o Strong working knowledge of TPS and/or Shingo Model o Prior experience as a successful change agent o Experience in high volume production o Enjoys and is active on the manufacturing floor o Possesses mechanical aptitude, and is a demonstrated problem solver o Global automotive industry experience, including familiarity with customer expectations, systems, and standards o P&L experience o High growth experience in dynamic environment o Prior experience with developing and implementing processes Compensation Competitive compensation based on performance The Global Leader in Clutch Return Spring Pack Design and Manufacturing

Keywords: Sterling Engineering, Detroit , Advanced Manufacturing Manager, Executive , Macomb, Michigan

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