Tooling Engineer - Gauge Specialist

Owen Daniels Consultancy Ltd
30 Sep 2017
21 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Tooling Engineer - Gauge Specialist Main Function / Purpose of role (Note: In addition to these functions, employees are required to carry out other duties as may reasonably be required). Working closely with the Engineering Team (together with OEM and supply base as necessary) to ensure that, from inception, metrology / gauging requirement is fully understood, and the proposals satisfactorily implemented. To efficiently manage the provision of gauging and fixtures as a time- critical programme deliverable, within the overall scope and responsibilities of the Tooling Group. Principal Accountabilities * Accountable to the Senior Tooling Engineer (Coordinator), responsible for the detail in delivering robust gauging / metrology solutions. * Tooling Budget - see RASIC in GDLS * Compliance with plant production metrics, and OEM timing. Scope of role * To manage the update / finalisation of generic Gauge Specification. * Representing the Tooling Group, to participate in programme CRT planning. * To work closely with the PDT in agreeing an overall programme gauging strategy, based upon geographical sourcing of IMT's and receiving plant. * As part of the overall strategy, to represent the Tooling Group in determining long term gauge requirements, and suitable fixturing at T0 / T1 trials, given individual product needs. * Provide technical support for all aspects of creating and maintaining a preferred gauge supplier listing, based upon a 'Framework Agreement' communicating effectively with Purchasing personnel. * This to accommodate ongoing risk (and Total Cost of Ownership) analysis. * Provide ongoing VFM support for negotiations with OEM so as to meet individual programme cost and timing constraints. * To facilitate the necessary links with suitable suppliers to ensure, as necessary, ongoing part design development familiarity. * During the part design process, to act as conduit between Product Design and supplier with regard to obtaining gauge implications, acknowledging individual plant preferences. * Liaise with Manufacturing personnel to confirm that gauge configurations are sympathetic to planned process flow. * Ensure that gauge designs adhere fully to latest issue Gauging Specification. * Critically analyse robustness of supplier design and manufacturing timeline. * Closely monitor supplier's adherence to timeline at mutually agreed intervals, with visits / utilizing photographic evidence of progress, as appropriate to manufacturing location, reporting regularly. * Act as principal point of contact for all communications with supplier. * Throughout the period of manufacture and introduction to plant, manage gauging elements of ECR's, providing VFM support, as necessary, for Purchasing initiatives. * Manage the completion and supply of all gauging equipment documentation packs. * To audit gauge / fixture providers and, with Purchasing involvement, create a preferred supplier listing. * With Purchasing, to negotiate, and VFM analyse, individual supplier costs, as required by the programme. * To consider alternative sourcing routes - for example toolmaker provision - providing supporting cost effectiveness studies. Essential experience required to fulfil role: * Strong experience in metrology related functions within a toolmaking / process / secondary equipment manufacturing environment, covering manufacturing processes routinely utilised in programmes - conventional injection moulding, twin-shot, back injection, IMD, slush - PU / TPO skin etc. * Strong exposure to Automotive Industry methods and approach. * Evidence of managing the detail of time-critical programme deliverables. * Ability to negotiate - on equal terms - with supplier representatives, regarding both technical and commercial issues. * Well-developed time management and interpersonal skills. Tooling Engineer - Gauge Specialist Preferred * Trained in the use of Auto. Ind. recognised CAD software. Tooling Engineer - Gauge Specialist
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