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Injection Molding Leader-NPI Engineering

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Engineering  |  ID: REQ-12840


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Injection Molding Leader-NPI Engineering

The Challenge

The Senior Manager, NPI Advanced Engineering will lead a team of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) tooling and equipment engineers to support plastics engineering across all the business’ manufacturing facilities in North America. The AME Plastics team shall develop, manage and execute capital equipment and high volume manufacturing process projects to meet required budget and launch schedules. This is a hands-on leadership role and the leader will be expected to provide leadership to the team in addition to owning control projects themselves. As a key liaison between the product development teams and the factory operations & engineering teams. The Senior Manager, Advanced Engineering ensures that factory priorities/objectives align across the businesses. Relocation assistance may be offered. This position is located in Louisville, KY.

What you will Do

Technical Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supporting development of NPI business’ cross platform strategies regarding the injection molding of plastic parts and the related systems, developing standards and ensuring that all company procured or modified equipment is compliant with those standards and executed within the project or program deliverables (safety, cost, quality and delivery.)
  • Support team’s engineers across the business as required during tooling/equipment procurement process; design, build, qualification, installation and commissioning.
  • Coordinate and manage control systems for 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).
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise as an internal resource for industry leading manufacturing equipment and processing activities involved in injection molding, tooling, and automation/robotics. Participate in the sign-off and acceptance of initial process operations/technical plans, drawings, equipment design, and on-going process improvements for NPI.

Standards and Compliance:

  • Ensure all equipment executed in GEA factories comply with Industry (ANSI, ISO, NFPA, RIA) and Governmental Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) standards, as well as all relative GEA tooling and equipment standards.
  • Promote Human Organizational Performance (HOP) principles to ensure that all equipment / tooling / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind. 
  • Work with functional leaders to ensure equipment & processes support business initiatives of Bill of Process (BoP), Lean Manufacturing, Ergonomic Design and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Cross-functional Work and Leadership:

  • Manage all NPI manufacturing and operation risk for program’s budget and schedule.  Continually identify, track and mitigate risk through the life of the program.  Provide feedback to program core team to ensure manufacturing risk impact is understood within the total program scope.  Ensure significant risks and risks that cannot be mitigated within program resources are elevated to the leadership team in a timely manner.
  • Manage and mentor AME plastics team members.  Allocate overall control strategy requirements within the team ensuring team members execute to GE specifications and guidelines.
  • Work with the product line AME Managers to ensure NPI program projects and plant projects are not counterproductive, as well as, identify potential opportunities to utilize project and plant resources together to drive additional benefits.
  • Work with factory operations and LEAN teams to understand the Value Stream and how team projects impact this.
  • 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).
  • As a senior professional, participate in growing the AME organization’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

Position Requirement:

  • Experience managing large NPI capital equipment procurement projects:  Including specification development, supplier selection, technical reviews, installation and qualification of equipment with a heavy emphasis on plastic injection molding tooling
  • Prior experience in a fast paced, large scale and high volume manufacturing environment
  • Prior NPI program management experience
  • Experience with LEAN manufacturing principles
  • Ability to work in large cross-functional teams and at multiple levels in the organization (both salaried and shop floor operators / skilled trades team members)
  • Ability to communicate effectively and be an agent for change.
  • Excellent organizational, project management and presentation skills to interact with all levels within the organization and with suppliers and vendors
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of cross-functional program deliverables and ability to drive decisions based on the overall benefit to the company
  • Ability to mentor, grow more junior members of the team and add to the body of AME knowledge for the business

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a related Engineering Discipline
  • 10+ years of experience with specification, design, and installation of plastics manufacturing tooling equipment and process improvement
  • Manufacturing project leadership experience; demonstrated ability to manage an engineering team, manage program risk to meet technical & commercial requirements
  • Knowledgeable on related injection molding automation, EOAT, and process controls such as RJG and scientific molding
  • Continuing familiarity with advanced injection molding techniques such as 2-shot, insert-molding, and stack molding as well as industry advancements and breakthroughs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science Degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
  • Direct Management experience for highly skilled engineering teams
  • Hands on experience in specification and design of industry leading plastics tooling, equipment, and automation
  • Certified Master Molder 1 is desired
  • Proficient in MS Office, MS Project (or equivalent) and CAD/CAE products

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a high volume manufacturing environment.
  • Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds and working in and around heavy equipment.
  • Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats.
  • These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
  • 20-30% travel may be for domestic and/or international travel to supplier sites/ plants, etc.
  • Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends will be required.

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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