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Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Job Number:  61460
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Holland, MICHIGAN, US, 49423

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Job Number: 61460 
Group: Magna Exteriors  
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: HOLLAND 


Group Description

The Magna Exteriors portfolio of products includes access systems such as liftgates, exterior trim, modular systems, front-end modules including fascia, active aerodynamic systems and other lightweight structural components for automotive, commercial truck and other industrial markets.

Recognized globally as an innovator in all aspects of vehicle exteriors, Magna provides everything needed, from materials development and design through manufacturing and assembly, to help automakers create sleek, state-of-the-art vehicles across the world.


Role Summary

The Manufacturing Engineering Manager will provide technical leadership, direction, and support for the manufacturing engineering and product development activities necessary to support long-range goals as well as short-term performance objectives. The manager must establish and maintain strong, proactive relationships with technical resource groups within and outside of Magna. The ability to teach and institutionalize comprehensive problem solving in a technically challenging and fast-moving business environment through a participative management approach is essential for success in this role.

Key Responsibilities

· Demonstrate, teach, and apply principles of engineering, technical problem solving, and reporting of technical development.

· Develop and communicate long-term strategic goals and translate them into specific performance objectives and action plans.

· Coordinate and develop engineering team members while remaining an active contributor in technical areas.

· Accountable for attaining engineering team objectives as well as establishing and controlling departmental resource requirements and budgets.

· Develop, establish and maintain procedures, standards of workmanship and reporting formats for technical work.

· Lead and support efforts to identify and eliminate non-value-added operations and improve manufacturing effectiveness and efficiency.

· Drive a data-driven decision-making culture based on the principles of 5S, 6-Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. Review statistical data on business performance to identify opportunities for improvement.

· Assist with automation of current processes to control cost, drive consistency, to meet demand.

· Oversee the proper cleaning, repairs and maintenance of the equipment. Ensure there is a PM system in place that is being followed, monitored and reported out as a metric in order to ensure the equipment is performing with no downtime.

· Monitor the utilization of each work center and determine improvements by adjusting job sequencing, work center assignments for various jobs, etc. Update SAP parameters to ensure accurate product costing.

· Develop workplans & projects with a focus on Quality, Delivery, & Cost.

· Develop strategic plans related to current manufacturing processes and the future state.

· Promote a workplace that has commitment to safety, health, and environmental compliance; and encourages employee involvement in continuous improvement initiatives.

· Assess self and staff abilities via our performance review program, determines training needs, and selects appropriate training programs.

· Monitor technical advancements within Magna as well as outside the organization that could potentially impact processes or products.

· Participate in customer and supplier technical problem-solving as circumstances require.

· Build engineering team skills through proactive recommendations on in-house and outside training and development opportunities for each team member.

· Work cooperatively with other departments (e.g. Operations, PICS, Product Development, Marketing, etc.) to ensure that engineering objectives and day-to-day activities are supporting the organization’s needs.

· Provide leadership for process, product and equipment cost analysis that contribute to improved performance.

· Directs, promotes, and reviews programs relating to safety, quality and productivity in the division and recommends changes where desirable. Performs regular workplace inspections and monitors compliance with all Health and Safety and ISO14001 policies and procedures.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

· Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering with 5 or more years of related experience or equivalent engineering work background.

· Strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated capability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.

· Proven leadership skills in a participative work environment with strong emphasis on teaching these skills to others.

· Ability to direct and lead others through daily assignments, special projects, and root cause analysis.

· Thorough knowledge of and ability to implement SPC and experiment design concepts.

· Thorough knowledge of glass fabrication and thin film deposition as well as electronic performance of functional thin and thick films.

· Ability to develop, implement, maintain, and support systems as they pertain to manufacturing operations.

Additional Information

Key Competencies:

Technical Expertise: Possess a deep understanding of manufacturing processes, technologies, and equipment. Well-versed in areas such as CNC machining, automation, quality control, and process optimization. Technical proficiency to make informed decisions, troubleshoot issues, and drive continuous improvement.

Leadership and Team Management: Effective leadership is essential for managing a team of engineers, technicians, and other staff. Possess a strong leadership skill to motivate, mentor, and guide their teams. Proven ability to establish clear goals, delegate tasks, and ensure that the team works cohesively to achieve objectives.

Problem Solving and Decision Making: Manufacturing environments often present complex challenges and unexpected issues. Adept at problem-solving, using data-driven approaches to identify root causes and implement effective solutions. Ability to make informed decisions under pressure is critical for maintaining production efficiency.

Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement: Ensuring product quality and process efficiency is a fundamental responsibility. Possess a strong focus on quality assurance, including implementing quality control processes, inspecting products, and addressing deviations. Proven ability to promote a culture of continuous improvement, identifying opportunities to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and optimize processes.

Project Management: Ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously, from process improvements to new product introductions. Effective project management skills are essential for planning, organizing, and executing these projects on time and within budget. Capable of setting project priorities, managing resources, and tracking progress.

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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