Martinrea International Inc.
  • 25-May-2017 to 24-Jul-2017 (EST)
  • Icon Metal Forming
  • IN, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title:

Continuous Improvement Specialist

Revision Date:

November 2012


Vice President of Operations





Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering or Business with the following experience:
  • 10 15 years of manufacturing / tooling experience in automotive industry.
  • 5 years of manufacturing operations, program management experience in the automotive industry.
  • Clear and precise understanding of automotive OEMs practices and expectations.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability with leading organization for leadership and competency.
  • Excellent Communication Skills (oral and written).
  • Working knowledge of automotive customers.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Travel required.


Critical Success Factors:

  • Excellent attendance.
  • Ability to work efficiently without supervision and direction.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and be a team player.
  • Ability to maintain documentation and related records in an organized and precise manner.
  • Clear understanding of Quality Systems used in the automotive industry, Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems.
  • Ability to work well under extreme pressure and able to utilize problem solving techniques effectively.
  • Respect and understanding of the Customer / Supplier relationship.
  • Willing to perform other duties/tasks that are of reasonable request by Management.
  • Ensure that all duties and tasks are carried out in a safe and efficient manner and at no time is the employee or the co-

     workers placed in an unsafe condition.



  • Responsible for execution of corporate guidelines in all aspects of manufacturing.
  • Train manufacturing operations in corporate protocols ensuring optimal results.
  • Direct local management in all aspects of safe launch regarding new programs.
  • Alert corporate of potential risk factors associated with all aspects of the operation and provide solutions.
  • Ability to work independently and draw from experience in all aspects of manufacturing and program leadership.
  • Plan, co-ordinate, lead, and participate with various multi-disciplined teams addressing objectives associated with the    

     manufacturing and assembly process, productivity, volume outputs, scrap and rework, quality, safety, and delivery

           commitments to optimize a profitable operation.

  • Risk management, ensuring risk is minimized and the corporate reputation is protected.
  • Responsible for providing guidance to manufacturing facility to setup documentation in accordance with accepted automotive, corporate and customer standards.
  • Initiates DOEs for new tools and follow through with formalized reporting to management.
  • Oversee efficient lay-out of the manufacturing process, work flow in accordance with lean methodology with the objective of eliminating waste.
  • Develop and Provide guidance with a detailed request for quotation for suppliers for tooling, integration and products of new or potential programs within corporate guide lines.
  • Detailed analysis of quotations providing detailed presentations to corporate executive management recommending potential sources.
  • Develop and provide guidance for negotiating competitive sourcing of suppliers for all aspects of new programs.
  • Develop and provide guidance for a detailed purchase order to suppliers within corporate policy and procedures.
  • Develop and provide guidance to the manufacturing facility in selection of a strong team to have the ability to launch flawlessly.
  • Coordinate and manage "run-offs" at equipment vendors against "accepted corporate criteria" as outlined in the terms and conditions of the purchase order ensuring full coherence of corporate polices procedures and practices.
  • Responsible for the development of in-house manufacturing processes, equipment, fixtures and tooling.
  • Develop and provide guidance to error proof all aspects of the manufacturing and operational process.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the overall aspects of the Manufacturing process, new technology, and processes, attending

       training courses, trade shows and industry conferences as required.

  • Conduct studies and implement project plans to improve production efficiencies, cost reductions and reduce manufacturing costs.
  • Conduct detailed studies providing a detailed action plan and execution for cost reduction, quality improvements and optimization of the manufacturing process to increase profitability.
  • Ensure manufacturing and assembly processes comply with pertinent health, safety and environmental legislation, practices

     and procedures.

  • Responsible to protect own health and safety by working in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures.
  • Supports in the development of Process flow charts, Control Plans, PFMEA, DFMEA and Proto-type builds.
  • Support in the development of Preventative Maintenance Program for all manufacturing process equipment.
  • Trouble shoot process/equipment related issues and fine tune process to eliminate process-induced defects.
  • Review processing methods and provide continuous development of manufacturing techniques that will improve in-house


  • Ensure good housekeeping for the department and work area is tidy and organized at all times.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement initiatives on all aspect of the job.


Back-up Duties:

  • Perform other duties as required



I understand that the above items summarize this job title and that they may not cover all of the work required for this job. I am aware that it is my responsibility to ask my supervisor for training and/or further explanation on any of the above items that I feel I need help with.


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