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Project Engineer - Product Development - 21919

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Whitley
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 10/02/2012
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The Company:
Our Client is a world leading Automotive OEM which is responsible for some of the most iconic 4x4's & Sports Cars produced. Due to the huge demand for current models and substantial investment in future projects there is a requirement for more resources across the business in engineering & manufacturing on a contract basis.

The Role:
Position Description:
- Manage the Purchase commercial gap database to support the update of the purchase performance system.
- Facilitate Design and Non Design idea generation events and generation of specific commodity cost gap analysis.
- Develop detailed planning of Benchmarking, Value Stream Mapping and Emerging Market Sourcing Planning and special projects.
- Project manage the TVM team in managing value and cost for a range of commodities.
- Act as the point of contact for commodity team members within Purchase, Engineering and Cost Estimating, working with the commodity teams to help manage the existing workstreams and generate new opportunities by the organisation and promotion of various value management activities.
- Lead and project manage cross functional teams to develop and deliver commodity plans and/or design actions with minimum supervision, ensuring all areas of the business are fully integrated with the change.
- Develop engineering solutions with the specific aim of reducing the cost of the component / assembly.
- Support the TVM manager with data & presentation material (Vehicle Line Business Reviews / CBP / CoC Reviews / Product Design Reviews).
- Develop business cases with CoC / Programme / TVM Finance and manage through to funding approval.
- Support weekly programme attribute change (PACN) meetings ensuring cost reduction actions progress smoothly.
- Liaise with plant Logistics and Manufacturing to ensure TVM actions are promptly timed & implemented with minimal effect to production.
- Support Centres of Competence (COC's) as required to deliver TVM actions
- Conduct supplier based workshops, design ideas generation events, benchmarking and internal consultation to generate cost and revenue opportunities.
- Represent the department at periodic presentations to Senior Management inc the CEO

Skills Required:
- Proven project management skills.
- A good business acumen and knowledge of finance analysis, ideally with some level of negotiation skills.
- An awareness of benchmarking or idea generation activities.
- Ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with colleagues to leverage knowledge and experience.
- A good level of data analysis and interpretation, fully computer literate including MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Project.
- A good general knowledge of vehicle / component design and / or manufacture.
- A team player who can fit in and work closely within a small team.
- A confident communicator with the ability to present at all levels within the organisation.
- Valid UK driving licence

Skills Preferred:
- Tenacity and steadfastness to follow through and complete delivery, using initiative to find solutions.
- Able to pursuade and influence people to do the right thing for the business

Experience Required:
- Project Management experience including support for Product Development and Purchasing projects.
- Robust understanding of TVM / Lean work streams and an understanding of total cost engineering.
- Experience of cost reduction initiatives, tools and techniques.

Experience Preferred:
- Working knowledge of the project delivery process (GPDS)
- Working knowledge of the commodity strategy process (CBP)
- Awareness of latest manufacturing processes / techniques for a variety of materials / designs
- Familiarity with the change management processes, (PACN, WERS, CMM, CIM, MTC) and New Model and MY programme process.

Education Required:
- HND or Degree
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