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Supplier Continuous Improvement Manager
United States - MI - Novi-MI
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.
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
mentor and coach YF internal Procurement teams in
CI disciplines related to supplier operational improvement
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
regional purchasing and costing teams in supply base optimization, in
coordination with defined commodity strategies
and encourage ‘Innovation’ ideas with suppliers for use by YF (product,
process, etc.) following and improving the MBBP ‘Preferred Design Solution’
non MBBP related opportunity within the supply base to improve cost drivers
such as efficiency/utilization, lead time, labor, delivery and quality.
plan and lead regional PLA (Post Launch Audits) supplier visits to audit and
improve, 60 day post SOP (start of production) purchasing prices.
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
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
accurate feed back to the key decision makers to determine the best course of
action, resource requirements and lead recovery plans
regional operations with all non-quality related issues that impact Yanfeng
plants. Zero line stops internally and to the OEM
with cross functional teams on ‘High Risk’ and/or ‘Distressed’ suppliers to
improve overall operational performance, hence reducing potential cost impact
problem solving and system thinking.
- 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
- 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
- Knowledge of the following manufacturing
processes –assemblies, injection molding, electro plating, paint, foam,
textiles/fabrics. Metal forming and stamping.
- Procurement knowledge and cost engineering
- 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
- Procurement, finance and costing beneficial.
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