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NPI Execution Director, Supply Chain - Refrigerator

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Engineering  |  ID: REQ-9576


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

NPI Execution Director, Supply Chain - Refrigerator

The Challenge

The New Product Introduction (NPI) Execution Director for Supply Chain Refrigerator will lead the strategy, development, and execution for all NPI’s in Refrigerator AP5. This role will work closely with the Product Management and Technology teams to ensure plant priorities and objectives are clearly understood and considered. These priorities include: supporting factory master plans, working with plant leadership on plant layouts in support of NPI, driving modularity and Design for Manufacturing Analysis (DFMA) into product designs, applying lean principles to process designs, coordinate inbound logistics with the Sourcing team for component parts, and transferring process knowledge to the applicable factory personnel. This role will work closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) and Quality leaders to coordinate resource requirements for NPI’s. The NPI Leader will be responsible for the AP5 NPI deck.

What you will Do

  • Program manage all Refrigerator Manufacturing NPI’s and the funding associated to these programs including strategic Make/Buy activities. 
  • Lead systematic gathering of competitive intelligence and industry / manufacturing trends in the appliance and adjacent industries. 
  • Champion strategic initiatives related to manufacturing across all refrigerator platforms. 
  • Coordinate and manage capital equipment procurement projects: including specification development utilizing GEA & industry standards, supplier selection, early supplier engagement, technical reviews, factory layout development, installation and qualification of equipment.  Ensure all tooling and equipment is reliable and robust and designed to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). 
  • Own all manufacturing metrics for Refrigerator programs / projects and help drive all program / factory metrics: capital equipment & tooling budgets, program schedule, reliability, quality and labor targets.  Work with cross-functional team leaders to perform trade-off analysis on competing metrics if necessary and drive decisions based on overall business impact.
  • Facilitate/Champion the use of the Production Preparation Process (3P) and Lean manufacturing principles while developing strategy and processes to support NPI’s.  Utilize cross-functional participation to ensure that the strategy and processes are compatible with the entire value stream.  Efforts should include: right sized equipment, workstation design, material presentation, standard work and single piece flow.
  • Ensure all equipment executed in AP5 Refrigerator plant complies with Industry and Governmental Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) standards. 
  • Work with factory operations and Lean teams to support and align with Factory Master Plans.   Ensure material flow, workstation set-up, model mix. Etc. are considered when workstations/equipment are designed.
  • Promote the use of the 9-Step Process for tooling and equipment design; consult Critical Process leaders as applicable to ensure development of robust processes for part / product generation.  Work with cross-functional team to develop Manufacturing Control Plans (MCP) and Manufacturing Control Instructions (MCI). 
  • Participate with growing the Refrigerator team’s capability.  This includes mentoring, guiding, and helping more junior team members as well as adding to the body of knowledge of the department (training, developing new manufacturing processes, supporting Hoshin objectives etc.) 

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related discipline 

  • 10+ years of experience with manufacturing, procurement, testing, installation of manufacturing equipment and process improvement 

  • Manufacturing project leadership experience, demonstrated ability to manage an engineering team, manage program risk to meet technical & commercial requirements. 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a cross functional team to manage program risk and meet technical & commercial requirements 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree in engineering or business 

  • Experience in multiple product development functions 

  • Experience with Bill of Process 

  • Strong business acumen and understanding of business financials. 

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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