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Cost Engineer

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Crewe
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 30/09/2013
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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.

The Role:
Main Purpose of the Role

To establish target piece-part and investment prices for existing and new vehicle programmes, validate supplier quoted prices and price increase claims, develop negotiation aids and tactics, support supplier negotiations as required, identify cost reduction opportunities and promote ‘Best Value’ engineering practice both within the Company and their supply base.

Scope of the Role

1. Provide cost engineering support (including ad-hoc costing advise, value target setting & detailed piece-part and/or investment cost estimates) to the Company's Buyers, Design Engineers and Module Leaders during concept / product development phase through to Post Job-1 introduction of a new or face-lift vehicle programme / product change project in order to establish realistic price targets including support for business case documents and Bid Spec ‘Should Costs’ that form part of a Supplier RFQ package

2. Co-ordinate, support and influence the design, development, manufacture and introduction of components / systems, working with cross-functional teams to ensure cost, quality and logistics objectives are achieved.

3. Establish both piece cost and investment targets for total vehicle (by assigned function) at system / sub-system and part level.

4. Monitor and identify cost variances and movements from agreed targets throughout project life, updating Group cost reporting systems as necessary.

5. Assist in the development of existing and new Suppliers by providing Cost Engineering support as and when required by the Company Purchasing Group

6. To assess and report on new technologies and applications where appropriate.

7. Support current / on-going product cost reduction programmes.

8. Conduct detailed analysis of supplier cost models / Quotation Analysis Forms (QAF’s) in order to identify anomalies and/or areas of weakness to be focused on during subsequent price negotiation so as to secure a ‘best value’ outcome for the Company.

9. Lead / manage Lean Manufacturing workshops at supplier premises as required, using a variety of tools (i.e. work measurement techniques, Kaizen events, Value Chain Mapping) 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 both the Company and the supplier.

10.Promote Cost Engineering / Estimating Best Practice within the company, including Engineering and Supply Chain staff in order to further develop their commercial awareness.

11. Gather, analyse and collate information relevant to your role (including materials, labour & overheads, price histories, company financials and new technologies) for use during cost estimating and/or supplier price negotiations.

12. Support product ‘Tear-down’ events and cost related project work to ensure timely reporting and a cost effective conclusion to the benefit of the Company.

Key Attributes of the Role

Task Orientation
• Able to deliver required targets.

Process Orientation
• Able to develop, implement and track Project Cost Management activities.

Problem Solving
• Able to apply problem solving techniques to a variety of product and project related issues, in a structured and logical manner.

Interpersonal Skills
• Demonstrates a wide repertoire of interpersonal skills including ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external customers at all levels and should have an outgoing personality with good negotiation and ‘selling’ skills.

Team Working
• Able to work with, assist, advise, encourage, motivate and lead where appropriate various cross functional teams and, when necessary manage Projects, developing strong peer group working relationships.

• Able to influence design of new / current products and understand technical needs of Designers, Engineers and Suppliers.

• Good presentation skills.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Experience for the Role

• Minimum 5 years 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, of course Cost Modelling techniques.

• ‘Whole vehicle’ component & 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 (i.e. work-measurement, method study, process engineering).

• PC literate especially Excel, Word & PowerPoint.

• Able to read and interpret engineering drawings.

• Able to travel (UK & overseas).

• Clean Driving Licence.
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