Manufacturing Engineer - Trim and Final

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    £30 per hour

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    Rachel Meacham

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Location: Hullavington

Overview of the role:

We are currently recruiting a team of Trim and Final manufacturing specialists to work alongside the RDD technology groups to ensure that products are manufactured to the highest standard.

The Manufacturing Engineer role is an advanced manufacturing role with the remit to define and develop assembly manufacturing solutions from the early phases of product development through to handover to our New Product Launch team. This includes working with the product team to ensure Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly, plus working with engineers and suppliers to develop manufacturing systems, processes and equipment as required.


o Use DFA/DFM and Lean Manufacturing techniques to ensure suitability of all designs for efficient manufacture

o Attend technical reviews / design meetings and present feedback where required

o Lead virtual builds, to develop an assembly process and understand risks.

o Support physical builds in a Pilot Build environment.

o Manage technical issues and escalate where appropriate.

o Analyse manufacturing feasibility of design proposals in CAD using Vis-Mockup and NX, identifying potential errors and suggesting poke yoke solutions.

o Project / Supplier management, through development and monitoring of timing plans.

o Work with engineering to develop volume-dependent solutions to assembly issues on the vehicle.

o Assess the manufacturing requirements associated with a product, compare this to existing capability and map necessary areas for technology development.

o Work with other engineers, external suppliers and Universities to resolve these capability gaps through manufacturing technology development.

o Work to identify new and emerging technologies to solve known internal problems in the manufacturing process.

o Generation of manufacturing documentation for new products / technologies, such as process and material flows, prototype build videos, production layouts and time studies, equipment lists and costings, PFMEAs, etc.


Skills & experience required:

- Manufacturing skills and experience:

o Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of general engineering principles

o Experience of a range of trim and final assembly / manufacturing / test & validation tools & techniques and an ability to explain them and apply them in novel and imaginative ways

o Experience of implementing manufacturing solutions in a NPI/NPD environment, preferably at assembly level in addition to component level

o Ability to drive progress and actions through an analytical and data driven approach

o Knowledge of high complexity automotive trim and final assembly lines and equipment and process design requirements to support production.

o Experience in process development / documentation as well as lifting equipment / conveyance and process tooling design and development.

o Experience in understanding and designing volume-dependent processes, jigs and fixtures.

- Project and People management skills and experience:

o Ability to influence decision makers (both technical and non-technical) in a challenging environment

- General skills and requirements:

o Degree level education in an Engineering discipline or a time-served apprenticeship in a relevant discipline.

o Experience in relevant engineering roles

o Self-motivated with the ability to lead, guide and influence others not in their direct line of responsibility

o Experience of working in an environment where specification and process are not always predetermined

o Excellent English oral and written communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively at all levels within the business

o Green or Black belt accreditation in Lean Six-Sigma


To apply for this role please contact Rachel Meacham.

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Contracts are those of an Employment Business.

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