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  • Job reference: RMS0155316

Purchase Technical Support Manager

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 15/05/2015
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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 Job
- Responsible for the production readiness for assigned Parts and associated facilities for current and future vehicle models within Purchasing, including model year project.
- Use continuous improvement techniques in conjunction with the company and suppliers to ensure on time delivery of parts to meet project requirements.
- Assist in tool resource or refurbishment activities on current production models, and to support approved AEKO implementation on assigned.
- Provide technical knowledge on manufacturing process and methodologies to Purchase.

Position in the organisation
- This position will report directly to the Manager Purchase Technical Support and will involve working cross functionally as well as within the Purchasing Team.

Scope of the job
- The role covers the preparation of Parts within selected categories and co-ordination of a cross functional team within these categories.
- The role does involve overseas travel.

- Educated to a degree level or equivalent technical training / apprenticeship with Project
- Management/Production Preparation experience.

- Demonstrable experience is required, preferably within an automotive/manufacturing environment.
- Demonstrate necessary knowledge of automotive component manufacturing processes.
- Demonstrate good interpersonal and leadership skills, with ability to communicate across all levels of the business.

Duties and key responsibilities
1. Technical
- Provide technical and project management skills to Purchasing department.
- Continue to develop skills and knowledge in their area of work using a range of activities including on the job training.
- Analyse problems, consider relevant information and solve problems in a logical way.
- To reduce, or maintain, lead times of parts through regular contact with suppliers.
- Tooling re-location as a result of insolvency or global sourcing.
- To identify cost effective tooling routes.
- Maintain Tooling identification and inventory.

Continuous Improvement and Quality Tools.
- Apply Lean Principles to drive improvement in supplier quality, cost and timing.
- Use Continuous improvement tools 5’s, Quick Change Over, Visual Factory, etc to identify and eliminate waste from the supply chain.
- Conduct detailed feasibility study using component review team methodology to ensure manufacturing process will achieve Company Engineering Specification.
- DFM (Design for Manufacture) and DMA (Design for Assembly) methodologies in support of the above.
- Design and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis methodologies in support of the above.
- Production Readiness and Tooling management process
- Assist suppliers with manufacturing feasibility, process planning, capacity planning, facilities preparation and sub-supplier preparation.
- Work with suppliers to maintain and achieve progress through to Note 1 parts in line with project schedules
- Determine and confirm suppliers’ actual installed production capacity and facility utilisation meets current and future company demand.
- Use of Overall Equipment Effectiveness metric to identify equipment improvement opportunities.

- Produce KPI’s / Reports into Project Management structure in support of events such as Pilot Hall, KPSK etc.
- Produce KPI’s / Reports into Business as required.
- Maintain company’s quality rating (VDA/TUV/TS16949).
- Represent Purchase at Board events, if required.

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