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Position:  Advanced Manufacturign Engineer
Location:  Ostrava-Hrabova, Czech Republic
Job Id:  436
# of Openings:  0

Position:             Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
Reports To:        Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
A123 Systems, LLC is a leading developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for the transportation and commercial markets.
Position Overview
As part of a New Global Advanced manufacturing Engineering team, the Advanced Manufacturing Engineer supports all advanced manufacturing engineering activities for a next generation battery design and manufacturing development.
Primary responsibilities
  • Support New Product Development activities from concept to ramp up production. As part of a member of the Global Advanced manufacturing Engineering team, provide direction on costing, manufacturability changes, equipment selection, capacity analysis & quality. Provide support on engineering prototype builds, pilot production and production.
  • Support product transitions from the US other production regions, including China and Europe.
  • Develop phase gate product release manufacturing documentation required to support production builds. These documents include work instructions, quality SPC targets, Gauge R & R and other manufacturing related documentation.
  • Lead Process FMEA activities to ensure process shortcomings are identified and addressed. Participate in design FMEA activities.
  • Support continuous improvement manufacturing engineering activities to achieve and exceed quality targets.
  • Use of statistical techniques as a tool to improve existing processes and define new processes
  • Develop and support new manufacturing processes required to support new technologies.
  • Support BOM verification and ECO activities. Support and qualify product changes
  • Participate in Product Design reviews to insure manufacturability of products
  • Plan, execute and analyze experiments
Specific Skills/Abilities
  • Broad understanding of manufacturing concepts including:  Value Stream Mapping, OEE, and TPS are necessary
  • Verifiable analytical skills and abilities to evaluate and improve production processes and capabilities.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to coordinate activities across multiple locations - champion the benefits of technology sharing across the organization.
  • Identify and justify Advance Manufacturing key design changes, processes and equipment.
  • Manufactured cost analyses of new and existing products, including processing cost analysis.
  • Development of standardized manufacturing documentation such as equipment specifications, operator instructions, drawings, and BOMs.
  • Implement best manufacturing practices for existing processes and provide multi-site manufacturing engineering support.
  • Perform competitive product reviews and provide manufacturing feedback to design and marketing groups.
  • Research and vet new manufacturing technologies and practices.
  • Coordinate cross-plant problem-solving teams to improve operating performance.
  • Assist with business-critical capital projects including facility planning and layout.
  • Develop and implement manufacturing plans and presentations for new products
  • BS in Manufacturing, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering.
  • 5yrs + experience in high volume battery cell manufacturing. 
  • Knowledge of DFM, Lean manufacturing, phase gate product release process and Six Sigma Principles.
  • Some experience in automation and tooling
  • This position is based Livonia, MI, it will require travel to manufacturing operations in Asia, Europe and MA as needed.
    Training Required
  • Safety & Company Orientation
  • Manufacturing simulation software (Simul8 preferred)
  • High Voltage component assembly

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