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Engineering Manager

By January 2, 2023No Comments

Ann Arbor, MI

$110,000 – $140,000 + Bonus + Progression Structure + Benefits Package + Healthcare Package

Position Summary:

The position manages and directs essential engineering functions related to product engineering, product launches, product changes, product documentation, maintaining and improving processes, and plant and factory facilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead the product engineering team to develop new products and supporting strategies that optimize profitability for the company while meeting customer cost and mass targets
  • Manage customer expectations and ensure customer requirements are met
  • Act as a key engineering contact for the assigned projects, actively working to understand the customer’s near-term product needs and planning resources to support upcoming development projects or launches
  • Mentor Product Engineers to meet their responsibilities, such as:
    • Completing and maintaining engineering bills of materials
    • Tracking engineering/design issues and managing engineering changes
    • Effective communication with the customer
    • Providing all APQP engineering deliverables
    • Supporting the Launch Team through PPAP
    • Support continuous improvement projects resulting in reduced scrap and labor, quality improvements, lower cycle times and improved safety.
  • Ensure product engineers are equipped with proper knowledge through training and mentoring
  • Ensure product engineers are equipped with proper tools, such as scales, calipers, etc. to support program launches.
  • Ensure adherence to company design standards for both in-house and customer design projects to avoid unplanned engineering changes costs, high scrap, or other design related issues
  • Work directly with customer engineers to complete essential job functions as needed
  • Assist with leadership and direction for the Program Teams including, but not limited to, Tooling, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering, Program Management, Sales and Purchasing.
  • Manage setting of goals and performance reviews for all direct reports.
  • Support the Director of Engineering in meeting their responsibilities, such as:
    • Maintaining departmental budget, leading to cost control and waste reduction.
  • Requires frequent travel to customer and company manufacturing locations to support various meetings, launch events, and problem solving.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering or plastics field.
  • Minimum 2 years in a senior engineering role, with progressively increasing responsibilities and demonstrated ability to mentor, lead, and manage other engineers.
  • Knowledge of automotive industry standards and procedures.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project).
  • Professional Communication skills (written and verbal) and experience working with global teams.
  • Familiarity with APQP, TS16949, DFMEA, DVP and other industry methods and standards.
  • Knowledge and application experience in GD&T standards and tolerance stack-ups.
  • Experience with compression molding of thermosets and/or thermoplastics.
  • Familiarity with automotive body structures design, crash requirements, Class A body panels and closures.
  • Prior work experience from an automotive Tier I supplier.
  • Highly experienced in an engineering field within a manufacturing environment, preferably an automotive supplier.