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Process Engineering Manager, Layfield Group Ltd., Richmond, BC

Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Layfield has an exciting and rewarding opportunity available for a Process Engineering Manager to join our dynamic Operations Team. This is a full-time, permanent position located in our Manufacturing Office in Richmond, BC.

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Process Engineering Manager is a technically demanding position that supports process improvement / cost reduction programs, commercialization and product development efforts and interfaces with manufacturing with reference to capabilities.

Key Responsibilities

Lean Services (Teach: Training & Coaching; Improve: Process Engineering & Kaizen)

◦ Establish a vision of World Class operations and drive a continuous effort across Layfield to improve our teams and our operational effectiveness.

◦ Provide process improvement and manufacturing leadership coaching/support.

◦ Establish and roll-out continuous improvement training for all Layfield business processes (Lean, ToC, Six Sigma, Quality Assurance).

◦ Coordinate a cross-functional and multi-site team of lean specialists.

◦ Provide direct process engineering and Kaizen event support.

◦ Develop and roll out lean programs such as 5S, Quick & Easy kaizen.

Systems (Standardize):

◦ Provide infrastructure and systems to maintain standardization, process control, and information sharing.

◦ Establish clear change management and standardization processes.

◦ Establish and report on MFG operational metrics and improvement metrics.

Process Engineering

◦ Tabulating and analyzing performance of existing machinery.

◦ Systematic reduction of set-up times.

◦ Recommend standards for production rates - feed to estimating process.

◦ De-bottleneck output restrictions.

◦ De-bottleneck product restrictions (size, gauge).

◦ Act as a technical sounding board to sales for unusual or preliminary customer requirements.

◦ Remain abreast of developing technologies and make recommendations as appropriate.

◦ Remain abreast of Layfield’s production capabilities with respect to its competitors.

◦ Understand customer and requirements, end use of product.

◦ Analyse, interpret and respond appropriately to MIS reports.

◦ Continuously update production manuals, standards sheets, etc.

◦ Liase with estimating department to ensure that estimates reflect the most cost-effective method of quality production; update bills of material as required.

◦ Review 24-hour extrusion logs and address issues on a timely basis.

◦ Utilize shop floor data collection system; improve reporting as required.

◦ Assess equipment performance and make recommendations for new equipment purchases or upgrading and tool requirements.

◦ Work with maintenance and production departments in the design, specification and installation of new equipment.

Commercialization and Product Development

◦ Collaborates with sales team to develop commercial products.

◦ Supports new major account opportunities by offering superior technical support.

◦ Assesses customer requirements, determines potential solutions, and communicates proposed development path to key stakeholders.

◦ Proposes new product design concepts to stakeholders.

◦ Creates and develops technical dockets.

◦ Leads and supports staged gate commercialization process.

◦ Collaborates with internal stakeholders to design trial and experimentation that results in successful development of trial materials for testing at customer locations.

◦ Reports on trial customer and scale-up performance with applicable specification adjustments/enhancements and provides technical reports needed in the product design.

◦ Supports packaging business unit with IPF workflows in several locations around the world.

Skills and Qualifications

◦ University Degree in Engineering or equivalent

◦ Strong knowledge of lean principles and processes.

◦ Knowledge of extrusion processes.

◦ Knowledge of printing and converting of flexible materials

◦ Superb critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities

◦ Ability to travel internationally.

◦ Ability to develop and coach subordinates.

◦ Highly organized and able to multi-task.

◦ Strong written and verbal communication skills.

◦ Driven, self-starter with superb interpersonal skills.

◦ Intermediate Microsoft Office Suite skills.

◦ Minimum five (5) years Engineering and/or Quality Control experience.

To Apply!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume to careers @ layfieldgroup.com.

To learn more about Layfield, please visit our website at www.layfieldgroup.com

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