Launch Manager

Select Engineering Limited
Barton under Needwood
Up to £55,000 + benefits
15 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
I am currently looking for a Launch Manager to join a large automotive tier 1 supplier.

Overall Purpose / Scope of Position:

- To ensure all manufacturing processes within the plant are robust, capable and reliable and continuous improvement activity on existing production within the plant.

Key Objectives:

- Apply the global product launch process to all product launches including inputs, timelines and key deliverables from cross-functional partners, managing multiple launches at the same time
- Understand the scope and operational requirements and impacts of all cross functional teams for each launch
- Work with the team to develop training and any additional materials and information necessary to aid the Quality, Production, Logistics, Engineering, Maintenance, and Sales/Finance teams
- Provide a liaison between Projects and plant, management of timing plans and project deliverables in order to achieve predetermined milestones
- Maintain a calendar of future launches, communicating and educating launch process to the operational stakeholders
- Coordinate regular launch team meetings, publishing notes/minutes and actions to team stakeholders
- Assist in the attainment of product revenue growth and attachment during the initial post-launch period through the development and implementation of process improvements
- Lead and assist in any problem solving activities, including but not limited to design verification and feasibility studies
- Identify risks, opportunities and process improvements within launch execution
- Lead all Plant based program phases and gate review activities
- Communicate all Engineering Changes in line with internal change management system
- Control of part pedigree in order to minimise scrap impact and material obsolescence cost
- Communicate with relevant parties to establish timelines and expectations
- Coordination (daily supervision) of prject labour to produce advance product builds on multiple programs
- Validation and approval of EDI systems for every new programme
- Support Engineering trial runs on tooling, equipment, and / or products.
- Validate engineering documentation (Process Flows, PFMEA's Control Plans) are ready and match appropriate phase of the program
- Development and identification of project requirements with management of the operating program inputs: project planning, logistics, operations management and financial performance
- Assist, critique, and approve JES instructions with training coordinators and Business Unit Manager & Shift Manager buy-in
- Management and communication of customer's product quality, on-time delivery, configuration and inventory requirements
- To prepare daily/weekly/monthly reports required by customer and internal stakeholder
- Management of internal MPTs, with full ownership of PFUs and mass production readiness status
- Recommendations of continuous improvements on new program launches
- Adhere to and ensure compliance with internal Quality System, work instructions, drawings and ISO/TS requirements
- Establish and manage budget for all approved projects and responsibility for regularly communicating budget compliance
- Drive the implementation and production approval of new plant and equipment and/or production tooling into the production environment
- Responsible for generating all required paperwork associated with plant and equipment and/or production tooling projects and getting it approved to company ISO/TS and quality standards (assets register)

Qualifications / Educational requirements:

- Good level of numeracy and written English writing skills

Job Skills:

- Can-do attitude
- Thorough product and process understanding (automotive interiors)
- Lead by example attitude
- Record of delivering exceptional changes in business performance as a result of
- improvement activity
- Ability to gain respect and trust through situational leadership and integrity and inspire others to follow and participate in the change process
- High level of assertiveness and personal integrity
- Extensive experience in coaching and engaging others; able to impart knowledge to others
- Proven expertise in practical application of process improvement or operational management
- Proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office (MS Projects, Excel and Word)
- Possess good technical understanding of key processes and machinery
- Demonstrate organizational, leadership and communication skills
- Able to maintain confidentiality


- Automotive Industry experience
- Problem solving
- Minimum 5 years related experience in automotive / manufacturing project/programme management environment
- Proven programme management experience

Personal Competencies:

- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence others
- Excellent written, mathematical and analytical skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Well organised with exceptional project management skills and an evident ability to multi-task and prioritise
- Exceptional attendance
- Personal confidence and assertiveness in order to be able to challenge bad practices within the cell
- Flexible
- Team player with high level of personal humility and emotional intelligence in order to recognise his or her weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of others
- Demonstrable commitment to working within standards and advocating the use of standard to others
- Proven ability to adapt to changing priorities and execute results within designated timeframes
- Ability to take big picture view whilst executing micro results

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