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Director of Automation Engineering

United States - MI - Holland

Job Description

Lead technical
resources responsible for developing strategy to guide Tier 1 automotive company
from primarily manual assembly toward automated assembly. This position
develops and executes automation strategies for all automotive Interior commodities
(plastics, doors, floor consoles, instrument panels) with focus on safety,
quality, productivity, and costs.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate
    with executive leadership to define and prioritize appropriate level of
    automation with a focus on quality and multi-generational flexibility.
  • Collaborate
    with Product Engineering to define design standards that support
    automation.  Support senior level OEM
    discussions when necessary to influence customer product design.
  • Working
    knowledge of IE discipline to ensure automation supports lean flow throughout
    the entire factory.
  • Communicate
    with passion and act as a change agent.
  • Collaborate
    with Europe and Asia regions to develop and drive Global BBP (Best Business
    Practices) and speed.
  • Develop
    inhouse capabilities so that we are not reliant on our vendor base and
    involvement of a growing technical team will help drive speed into the
    transformation.
  • Production
    Support, this position is primarily involved in the launch phase however as new
    methods are developed it is important to read across current applications and
    identify cost savings and quality improvement opportunities.
  • Responsible
    for Technical team growth/development/training
    • Develops and manage an education & development plan
    • Develops and manage a skill assessment matrix
    • Develops and manage career planning for our technical team

Your Qualifications

Education: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechatronics. Advanced Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Business strongly preferred.

Work Experience: 

  • Minimum 10 years related experience in a technology based industry, where automated assembly techniques are utilized.  Demonstrated ability to execute strategy and achieve results.
  • Possess a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience.
  • Proven experience, 3-4 “system level” automation projects successfully completed.
  • Working knowledge of automated equipment systems and tools; robotic, vision, material handling, conveyors, PLC, HMI, Pick-Place-Pack, Inspection/Test.
  • Possess a proven track record of delivering results, demonstrated business acumen and a basic understanding of the P&L and balance sheet are required. 
  • Have held key positions as part of a business unit leadership team or Operations leadership team.
  • Demonstrated competency in development and execution of strategy as well as in management of day‐to‐day operations.
  •  A mindset that balances both thought and innovation with direct and successful execution is critical.

Qualifications: 

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional organization
  • High energy, high sense of urgency, self-motivated and self-directed
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Driven by very high expectations and delivers results, not “activity”
  • Targets breakthrough performance, not simply incremental gain
  • High degree of credibility to be convincing and persuasive
  • Knowledge of the latest trends in manufacturing technology and the ability to apply and adapt the technology to new situations
  • Eager to learn new technologies and methodologies
  • Has the ability to accurately assess businesses from a “general managers” point of view and set priorities for improvement
  • Possess the technical skills necessary to resolve a broad array of business issues; leading the implementation of the business system across the enterprise

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Published: 03/05/2018
Job Field: Engineering
Location: United States - MI - Holland
REQ. NO.: 18000541
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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI)

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors – today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has approximately 110 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 18 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture automotive interior components for all automakers. LEARN MORE

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