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Supplier Continuous Improvement Manager

United States - MI - Novi-MI

Job Description

This position reports directly to
the MBBP/CI senior manager and is responsible for supporting the Procurement
teams in meeting the global purchasing initiatives. The successful candidate
will work closely with the global supply base leading and promoting continuous
improvement workshops and methodology. Needs to be flexible, self-motivated,
work under pressure and be able to communicate at all levels, supporting the
department in achieving targets and driving for results. Extensive travel to
regional and global locations required.

 

  • Lead
    supplier workshops, utilizing lean manufacturing and CI tools, to further
    develop and ensure the successful execution of continuous improvement
    strategies to meet and exceed set efficiency gap closure roadmaps in accordance
    with the agreed timing plan
  • Train,
    mentor  and coach YF internal Procurement teams in
    CI  disciplines related to supplier operational improvement
  • Approve
    new suppliers and regularly spend time in the existing strategic supply base to
    determine risks, opportunities and complexity in order to define the correct
    approach or sourcing decision working with the Commodity Purchasing teams
  • Support
    regional purchasing and costing teams in supply base optimization, in
    coordination with defined commodity strategies
  • Identify
    and encourage ‘Innovation’ ideas with suppliers for use by YF (product,
    process, etc.) following and improving the MBBP ‘Preferred Design Solution’
    process
  • Identifying
    non MBBP related opportunity within the supply base to improve cost drivers
    such as efficiency/utilization, lead time, labor, delivery and quality.
  • Support,
    plan and lead regional PLA (Post Launch Audits) supplier visits to audit and
    improve, 60 day post SOP (start of production) purchasing prices.
  • Support
    the  process for analysing, planning, and executing of business
    transfers as necessary for non-preferred, distressed or insolvent suppliers to
    implement the defined commodity strategies
  • Support
    the Risk Management and Purchasing teams with distressed or insolvent
    suppliers, reducing the cost impact to the business by ensuring the execution
    of flawless transfers in a timely manner
  • Provide
    accurate feed back to the key decision makers to determine the best course of
    action, resource requirements and lead recovery plans
  • Support
    regional operations with all non-quality related issues that impact Yanfeng
    plants. Zero line stops internally and to the OEM
  • Work
    with cross functional teams on ‘High Risk’ and/or ‘Distressed’ suppliers to
    improve overall operational performance, hence reducing potential cost impact
    to Yanfeng
  • Analytical
    problem solving and system thinking.

Your Qualifications

  • Degree in an engineering discipline/lean,
    business improvement or equivalent qualification.
  • Significant management or leadership experience
    from within ‘door to door’ operational role, i.e. Plant, CI, Production, and
    Quality.
  • Experience playing a lead role in a Lean
    implementation within a (supplier) manufacturing organization – taking a CI
    program to a level of maturity and sustainability
  • Experienced in delivering education programs –
    both internal training and workshop facilitation covering a range of Lean and
    CI techniques, including championing with novices, and facilitating supporting
    and mentoring with management level employees.
  • Experience and working knowledge of the
    automotive supply chain as a complete material and information flow system,
    including OEM expectations, quality systems, logistics and/or SCM, operations
    and tiers.
  • Knowledge of the following manufacturing
    processes –assemblies, injection molding, electro plating, paint, foam,
    textiles/fabrics. Metal forming and stamping.
  • Procurement knowledge and cost engineering
    experience beneficial.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Formal training and qualifications in Continuous
    Improvement i.e., Lean, Six Sigma, Problem Solving, Quality Improvement.
  • Other (design, installation, management or
    maintenance of manufacturing systems related to material and information
    flow, product and process)
  • Demonstrated Leadership pathway or accredited
    qualifications.
  • Procurement, finance and costing beneficial.

 

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Published: 07/24/2019
Job Field: Supply Chain & Procurement
Location: United States - MI - Novi-MI
REQ. NO.: 19001297
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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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