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Plant Launch Manager at Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. in Bowling Green, Ohio

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Plant Launch Manager leads the plant team for a program, product or process launch. Responsible for all plant tasks, deliverables and events via the plant team. Works closely with the Program Manager and the rest of the Program Team. Functions as Program Manager for internal plant projects and regional programs for programs of limited scope and complexity.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Maintains direct supervision and leadership for program management team in the plant.


  • Maintains staff position in the plant.


  • Leads a cross -functional plant-based program team.


  • Is responsible to execute all ClauS deliverables, specifically all plant tasks and deliverables for new product launches including tool release, purchase and installation and commission of all tooling and equipment, run at rate, hiring and training, Power Builds, all PPAP's, supplier readiness reviews and meeting all customer requirements and MRDs.


  • Represents the team as the lead manufacturing member of the Program Team. Interface with the Program Manager, Program Engineer, Program Buyer, Account Manager, and Cost Analyst.


  • Meeting program timing requirements for the total program, but with special focus on plant tasks and deliverables.


  • Gap analysis and roadmaps for plant targets including material, scrap, production cycle time, tool cost and capital investment. Responsible to meet all operational financial targets.


  • Provides operations support for product builds, testing, process optimization, run at rate events and variation studies.


  • Represents operations in a professional way, maintains customer satisfaction, and meets customer expectations for response time, quality products, delivery on time, communication and quality systems.


  • When functioning as the Program Manager, meets all requirements of that Job Description.


  • Ensures Housekeeping and Health & Safety Standards are maintained.


  • Complies with policies and procedures pertaining to facility or divisional adopted standards such as IATF 16949 and ISO 14001.


  • Utilizes the concepts of continuous improvement including Lean.


  • Engineering Change, Inter-Company and Proto-type Coordination


  • Supports the Quotation Process


  • Management of Customer and Cooper Systems within the program management requirements.


  • Influences the level of service and the team's ability to meet quality and volume objectives in a timely manner.


  • Applies understanding of the business and how own team contributes to the achievement of results.


  • Maintains dual reporting with Plant Manager and Division Director.


  • May, on occasion, be required to perform duties other that those specified in this description.



Education and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor of Science (BA) in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering preferred.


  • Experience in Engineering and/or Manufacturing will be given preference


  • Minimum of five years' experience in automotive industry. At least two years in a leadership role preferred.


  • Six Sigma Black Belt or Kepner-Tregoe certification preferred.


  • Must make decisions that have a significant impact on the timing and quality of the customer product as well as profitability/cash flow and key operating metrics of the plant.


  • Experience in a variety of basic operations disciplines: Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Engineering, Materials and Logistics, Process / Tooling Engineering and Shop Floor Management.


  • In-depth understanding and application of concepts, theories and principles in own discipline.


  • Identify & Coordinate the resolution of issues related to programs or processes


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.



Work Environment/Work Conditions:

  • General office environment and manufacturing facility.


  • Personal protective equipment is required on the production floor.


  • Travel to customer, company-manufacturing sites, and supplier sites will be involved as required.



We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran VEVRAA. View the Equal Opportunity is the Law Poster here.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete our online application or to participate in an interview, please let us know by emailing recruitment@cooperstandard.com with the subject line "Accommodation Request". Application materials submitted through this email will not be considered.





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