Company: thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America Inc
Posted on: November 25, 2022
Responsible for leadership and management of all new product
launches, special production builds, lifecycle product and process
engineering changes, and other launch or change related activities
for OEM products in the plant. Provides direction and leadership to
a cross-functional team to ensure engineering, quality, and supply
chain validation targets have been met for each change. Responsible
for production readiness and successful tactical implementation of
new launches into production.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Drives and leads OEM program launches establishing and managing
project plans, deliverables, milestones and team member
responsibilities for new product launches to ensure the timely,
cost-effective execution for all assigned projects. Ensures new
launches achieve zero safety and quality incidents, zero delivery
issues, 100% on target to financial commitments up to at least 90
days into production.
Keeps Program Management, Operations Management, Production Unit
Leaders, Plant Management, etc. updated regarding progress, issues,
or corrective actions relating to assigned projects.
Ensures organization of and follow-up on open points/actions
required to secure a flawless introduction of the program (i.e.,
regular status reporting, along with issue resolution status
Ensures conveyed and well-communicated actionable items.
Interacts, integrates and drives results across cross functional
Oversees the complete manufacturing readiness for programs by
Quality and Process Engineering, drives scheduling handover from
launch planning to production planning; organizes and oversees
transitions and follow-up on excess/obsolescence planning and
Oversees the finalization of the BOM for the program and all
production systems (i.e., SAP, etc.) interacting with
Production analysis for costing of all parts.
Manage on-time delivery for all prototype orders.
Coordinates special builds in support of pre-production or change
Understands, applies and meets all function-related Occupational,
Health & Safety requirements.
Monitors the performance of team members. Provides coaching,
guidance and feedback to assure that key milestones are met and
that the work product meets appropriate standards.
Coordination & Supervision of 1st production
Monitors and directs the manufacturing release process throughout
all facilities and production units for an on-time delivery.
Responsible for working with process engineering to ensure that all
machinery associated with the product launch is working as
designed, in place, with sufficient capacity, and capable of
producing at required time to meet production requirements.
Ensures that all production staff assigned to new program launches
are trained and capable of executing the production of the assigned
Performs and analyzes root cause analysis, time studies and
production capability. Creates process efficiencies when
Assists in error analysis and corrective actions of deviations in
collaboration with Quality.
Coordinates the change management process to ensure seamless
introduction of changes throughout the product life cycle.
Performs all tasks and functions as assigned.
Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or equivalent in
education and experience. Must have in-depth experience working in
automotive manufacturing, specifically a tier one / OEM
Demonstrated understanding of how complex production lines operate
(i.e., industrial workings between facilities/department, line
balance, OEE, error proofing, etc.). Is well versed in
understanding of production line layout, flow, and modeling.
Strong understanding of job shop, batch, and flow production; cycle
time/ bottle neck identification and methods of resolving;
workstation organization and setup/Lean manufacturing principles;
Statistical Process Control (SPC); designing of one-piece flow
Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills having dealt with
all levels of an organization to effectively communicate to
senior/executive level leadership.
Previous experience in leading continuous improvement
Knowledge of and proven ability to utilize problem solving tools
such as Six Sigma, Fishbone, KT, 8D, etc.
Advanced computer skills including the use of Project, Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Outlook, CAD software, etc.
Proven strong analytical, project management and time management
Knowledge of and proven experience working with customer launch
requirements and PPAP procedures.
Proven ability to juggle multiple tasks and adjust to changing
schedules and priorities; maintain organization in a changing
environment and maintain flexible attitude & approach towards
Ability to think creatively and to develop and present solid
solutions to team members and management groups.
Maintains a team-oriented working environment that allows for
individual differences and provide for individual growth.
Ability to influence outcomes through situational leadership and
Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation packages, Bilstein
of America proudly offers a rich history, steeped in innovation and
a lasting commitment to our customers, employees and communities.
We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at
Benefits offered on the first of the month after your employment
401(k) with 5% company match (after 90 days of employment)
Company paid short-term disability (after 6 months employment)
Paid personal time off
Annual Company bonus
Become part of the #GENERATIONTK
Throughout the world, the name BILSTEIN assures our customers that
they are purchasing the very latest in technology and innovation
when it comes to shock absorbers. We have created solutions in
balancing the needs of safety, suspension design and driving
comfort for over 100 years. Part of the thyssenkrupp family of
companies, our technology is unique in the way it reduces the
vibrations of the vehicle springs to provide optimized road
contact, ensuring the smoothest of rides.
In the United States, BILSTEIN of America employs approximately 750
extremely focused, driven and passionate employees in four
different locations: San Diego, CA, Mooresville, NC, Troy, MI and
our only North American production and headquarters facility in
Hamilton, OH. This 24/7 facility uses the newest technology to
assemble the majority of our shock-absorber production for three
separate yet integral production groups - Original Equipment (OE),
Aftermarket (AM) and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV). We work with
our customers to provide the right system for the desired ride -
from passive monotube shock absorbers to those that are adjustable,
we have you covered for the optimal driving
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