Plant Engineering Launch Leader

Tower International   •  

Bellevue, OH

Industry: Automotive.


8 - 10 years

Posted 266 days ago

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Leadership Responsibilities

  • Support the Company’s mission, vision, values and goals in performance of daily activities.
  • Responsible for performance feedback and leadership of all direct reports including mentoring, coaching, counseling and corrective action when situations dictate.
  • Ensure that the plant staff are in agreement with achieving all program mile stone events (Fixture design, process and layout approval etc...)
  • Ensure that the launch meets all timing objectives and targets. 
  • Work with launch team and plant staff to ensure all ECR's are being completed and submitted to the customer on time.
  • Support corporate engineering launch team who manages the integrators to ensure all cost targets and budgets are achieved.
  • Work with the dimensional engineering team to ensure all critical characteristics and dimensional requirements are achieved.
  • Ensure that all APQP forms and check off sheets are completed on time to achieve gated review objectives.
  • Manage all risks and engineering changes to stay within capital and tooling targets.
  • Achieve PPAP on time to ensure payment from customer on projected time line.
  • Responsible to work with the plant staff to coordinate the install around the production schedule and other plant activities.
  • Responsible for managing both the integrator and the Tower launch team.
  • Direct and drive the utilization of problem solving methods for related plant and customer issues.
  • Provide active leadership role in meeting / exceeding customer expectations in all related areas.
  • Utilize teamwork to develop synergy.
  • Provide leadership essential to maintaining safety as a fundamental priority in department based activities.
  • Responsible for ensuring the entire team has the necessary training, tools and materials to properly perform their roles safely and efficiently.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with all levels of the organization.
  • Develop facility capital requirements. Manage quoting and installing facility capital items.  Coordinate facility connections with the integrator.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Develop and drive the development of departmental strategic goals and identify and track key measurable to support the department goals.
  • Track, monitor and implement required improvement activities related to business plan, goals, and issues.
  • Assist, as required, plant activities to achieve customer cost reductions goals.
  • Develop, drive and support plant activities towards achieving customer awards and Quality registrations (ex. TS 16949, ISO 14001,etc.)
  • Interface with customers and suppliers as appropriate.
  • Oversee manning levels to assure compliance and improvements to the budget.
  • Responsible for overall coordination and communication of launch activity and goals.
  • Adherence to all company policies & procedures (ex. Quality Policy Manual, Associate Handbook, Level II Procedures, etc).


Reports directly to the Plant Manager. Interfaces on a frequent basis with Production, IT, Quality, Materials, Maintenance, Accounting, HR, the Director of Operations, and corporate functions. External customers, integrators, and suppliers involved with the launch.


  • Provides direct leadership to controls engineer, industrial engineer, weld engineer, assembly engineer (s), robotics specialist, tooling engineer
  • Ability to identify, select, train and coach management talent
  • Provides model behavior to demonstrate corporate values


  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience in Engineering or Engineering cross discipline. Masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years experience in an automotive/metals/assembly environment, and two (2) years of management experience.
  • Possess knowledge of plant department functions and interacts to facilitate overall plant synergy.
  • Ability to mentor and teach the team in effective problem solving methods.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying lean manufacturing concepts.
  • Proven leadership ability and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of standard quality practices.
  • Ability to interpret financial and performance data.
  • Vision and ability to translate progressive operating techniques into applications and results.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities in a fast paced work environment.
  • Computer literacy and good knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to read and write in English and to perform mathematical computations.