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  • Job reference: RMS0229725

Cost Engineer

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 11/01/2021
  • Duration: 12 months
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The Role:
Main Purpose of the Role

-Provide cost engineering support (including ad hoc costing advise, value target setting & detailed piece-part and/or investment cost estimates) to Buyers, Design Engineers and Module Leaders during concept and development stages.
- Coordinate, support and influence the design, development, manufacture and introduction of components and systems, working with cross-functional teams to ensure cost, quality and logistics objectives are achieved
-Establish both piece cost and investment targets for total vehicle (by assigned function) at system/ sub-system and part level
- Monitor and identify cost variances and movements from agreed targets throughout project life, updating Group cost reporting systems as necessary
- Assist in the development of existing and new Suppliers by providing Cost Engineering support as and when required
- To asses and report on new technologies and applications where appropriate
- Support current and ongoing product cost reduction programmes
- Conduct detailed analysis of supplier cost models/Quotation Analysis Forms in order to identify anomalies and/or area of weakness to be focused on during subsequent price negotiation so as to secure a 'best value' outcome
- Lead/manage Lean Manufacturing workshops at supplier premises as required, using a variety of tools in order to identify the non-added value content and/or key cost drivers for subsequent elimination (if possible) or, at least, minimisation so as to provide a selling price that is both realistic and acceptable to the Group and the supplier
- Promote cost engineering/Estimating Best Practice within the company, including Engineering and Supply Chain staff in order to further develop their commercial awareness
- Gather, analyse and collate information relevant to the role for use during cost estimating and/or supplier price negotiations
- Support product 'Tear-down' events and cost related project work to ensure timely reporting and cost effective conclusion to the benefit of the Group

The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Skills & Experience
-Solid Product Cost Management, Estimating and Process Planning experience within a Production
- Engineering/Manufacturing environment ideally with an automotive OEM or tier 1 automotive supplier
- Excellent numerical/analytical skills
- Purchasing, Procurement and knowledge of Automotive Cost Estimating/Engineering practices are highly desirable including Kaizen, Poke-Yoke, Kanban, Value Analysis/ Value Engineering and Cost Modelling techniques
- 'Whole Vehicle' component and system manufacturing process/ materials knowledge
- Cost estimating, value engineering and cost control experience
- Knowledge of cost accounting practice
- Excellent 'face-to-face' negotiation/influencing skills
- Practical knowledge and experience in lean manufacturing techniques
- Practical Industrial Engineering skills (ie work-measurement, method study, process engineering)
- PC literate especially Excel, Word and Powerpoint
- Able to read and interpret engineering drawings

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for over 50 years, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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