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Company: Toyota Boshoku America

I. General Summary: Support production engineering functions for automotive interiors manufacturing and assembly processes within TBAGC Tier 1 automotive manufacturing plants in North and South America. Coordinate new product launch activities to meet customer and company milestones including budget, quality, and performance.

II. Essential Job Functions:
A. Develop and implement process and production preparation plans for new assembly components.
1. Provide support and assistance to technical center and other departments with research and development activities.
2. Conduct research to develop and test new processes and procedures.
3. Develop new or modify current interior methods, techniques, and procedures.
4. Establish assembly instructions/visual aids to guide production team relating to specifications/processes.
5. Evaluate new developments in the automation field for possible application to current interiors problems or production processes.
6. Assist in development and maintenance of work instructions in compliance with TS16949 requirements.
7. Set up automation processes, train manufacturing staff, and hand over completed process to manufacturing teams.
8. Coordinate technical personnel in performing inspections to ensure worker’s compliance with established interiors procedures, restrictions, and standards.
9. Support PE and program Obeya/plant meetings (e.g., design reviews, project status reports, KPI reports, handover, etc.).
10. Communicate project status to other departments and manufacturing plants.
11. Support plant manufacturing and engineering staff during new program launches.
B. Manage tool and equipment sourcing.
1. Lead supplier selection process including project quotations and Requests for Quotation (RFQ).
2. Create purchase orders for tools and equipment.
3. Manage suppliers in the design, construction, and installation of new tools and equipment.
4. Create Ringi documents.
5. Create New Business and Engineering Change Instruction (ECI) quotations.
C. Improve existing or develop new assembly equipment and tooling including managing Engineering Change Instructions (ECI).
1. Oversee plant capacity and recommend the need to purchase new capital equipment as needed to support forecasted and changing volumes.
2. Perform experimental assembly to evaluate new equipment, techniques, and materials.
3. Actively contribute to the machine design from the assembly engineer’s perspective and liaise with other engineers in the team during the design and manufacturing process to ensure that the assembly process requirements are adhered to.
4. Assist with writing equipment specifications for new or modified equipment and/or obtaining agreement on specifications of equipment from plants and other departments.
5. Manage ECIs for tooling and equipment including supporting equipment and tooling work.
D. Prepare technical reports as a result of research, development, and preventative maintenance investigations.
E. Initiate action to prevent the occurrence/reoccurrence of any nonconformities relating to product, process, and quality system.
1. Conduct root cause analysis and problem solving methods.
2. Interface with internal/external customers and lead team members in problem solving with regard to production, customer, and supplier concerns.
F. Provide support to TBAGC plants as needed for planned or emergency manufacturing issues.

III. Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:
Education:
• Bachelor’s degree in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering or related field required.
• Lean Six Sigma certification preferred.
Experience:
• Entry to five (5) years of relevant experience and academic preparation.
• Manufacturing experience in automotive interior components (e.g., injection, assembly, seating, trim, tooling, and other miscellaneous components), managing projects from design to production.
• Experience in automotive manufacturing preferred.

Personal/Technical Skills:
• General understanding and working knowledge of manufacturing, assembly, and welding equipment and tooling including design, automation, robotics, or manufacturing processes (and all secondary related processes) relating to automotive interiors.
• Ability to read component, assembly and equipment drawings and have an understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
• Practical experience applying Toyota Production System (TPS) principles in an automotive environment.
• Excellent math skills.
• Show and maintain professionalism.
• Effective project management skills.
• Ability to adopt a self-directed work style.
• Excellent problem solving and people skills.
• Strong organization, planning, and analytical skills.
• Able to work in a fast paced, multicultural work environment.
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to plan, supervise, and perform functions of assigned areas.
• Active listener with effective leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to function both independently and with good judgment in a team environment.
• Ability to multi-task, handle diversity, and provide leadership through problem resolution.
• Ability to communicate and work well with all levels inside and outside of the organization.
• Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, work efficiently within time constraints and deadlines, and handle stressful situations in a calm manner.

Language Skills:
• Ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex information in verbal and written English.
• Japanese would be helpful.

Computer/Software:
• Solid working knowledge and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office and other computer-based applications (e.g., MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Project, Outlook, Internet, etc.).
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.
• CATIA experience is preferred.

IV. Work Environment/Conditions:
Office: Open Office Environment, moderate noise level.
Plant: Standard automotive plant environment with moderate noise level. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as safety glasses, steel toe shoes, hearing protection, etc. may be required in engineering, manufacturing, or industrial areas. Personal attire standards may apply.
Travel: Must be willing to travel up to 30% of the time to our vendors, plants, customers, etc.

V. Physical Demands: Ability to sit and work on a computer for extensive periods of time is required. While performing the duties of this job, the team member is required to talk, see, and hear. Performance requires physical ability to inspect, adjust, and operate equipment. The team member must be capable of walking, sitting, and standing for extended periods of time throughout plant. Occasionally climbing, stooping, or bending on, under, or near tooling and equipment. May be occasionally required to reach, grasp, and manipulate parts, materials, or equipment. May be occasionally required to lift up to 30-50 pounds (with or without assistance).

Disclaimer: This job description is intended to identify the general nature and level of work performed by team members within this classification, as well as certain essential job functions. It is not intended, and should not be interpreted, as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of team members assigned to this job. To qualify for this job, however, a team member must be able to perform its essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Under no circumstances may this job description be construed as altering the at-will nature of the employment relationship between TBA and any team member.
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