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Plant Engineer


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Provide manufacturing engineering support to the plant and project teams (OPTIMAP / OPTIPRO & OPTICHANGE) for the launch of new products, customer driven changes and plant improvements from conception to serial life production.

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Main Activities 

  • Participates in technical feasibility studies, FMEA’s, verification of equipment versus standards using Fit for Functions, 
    Cap & R&R studies.
  • Organising pre-production, production runs and customer run & rates with production teams and Logistics for 
    new products launches.
  • Following up engineering status and stock positions of finished products, semi-finished, components and special 
  • OPTICHANGE meetings coordination.
  • Launch Readiness Reviews and data input to KEOPS.
  • PDCA meeting coordination. 
  • Write and analyse process and equipment specifications.
  • Manage contractors on site including site inductions.
  • Raise DAI’s with cost justification presentations and documentation.
  • Responsible for all small capex installations while supporting OPTIPRO equipment installations.
  • Plan space requirements and update factory layouts.
  • Create timing plans and costings for new project introductions, process improvements and OPTICHANGE driven changes 
    with justifications and payback calculations.
  • Reviewing specification considering plants lessons learnt information.
  • Define plant specific equipment (from specification to realisation) for plant and SILS centre.
  • Organise pre-production and production runs for customer events and trial builds. 
  • Validate backup solutions coming from contingency plan. 
  • Obtain plant management approval for any introduction, Process, H&S or Maintenance using timing plans, payback 
    calculations and justifications. 
  • Budget, arrange and order equipment spare parts selection. 
  • Responsible through plant organisation to coordinate and to deliver tasks for project developments and New Project Introductions. 
  • Prepare project planning, budgets reports and follow up with the MPM.
  • Defining plant specific equipment and Capex equipment from volume requirements and specification to realisation, 
    for shop floor and SILS centre. 
  • Assist the shift leaders in defining Standard Operation Procedures for production operators. 
  • Preparing and updating layouts of the process and equipment in the plant.


  • Responsible through plant organisation to coordinate and to deliver tasks for the project development. 
  • Ensure closed loop communication with the core team and the plant. 
  • Manage and feed into PDCA meetings monitoring actions to closure. 
  • Prepare and update project planning, budgets and reports to follow up with the plant and MPM’s.
  • ECN management for all plant changes, preparing costs, cycle times and planning impacts with all departments.
  • Defining plant specific equipment (from specification to realisation) for plant and SILS centre. 
  • Preparing layouts of the process and equipment in the plant and keep plant layouts up to date.
  • Budget, obtain supplier quotes and order equipment’s spare parts. 
  • Technical feasibility studies, FMEA’s, verification of equipment versus standards.
  • Safety assessments 
  • Analyse process failures root cause analysis using (POMS A3)
  • Reception of equipment with sign off using R&R, Fit for Function, Capacity and Capability studies.
  • Organises and support pre-production trials and customer Run & Rates. 
  • Following up engineering status and stock positions of finished products, semi-finished products, components and 
    special packaging during pre-production builds.
  • Plan customer spare parts validation. 
  • Project manage production transfer between plants. 
  • Look for cost reduction opportunities during launch and serial production, using lean manufacturing techniques.
  • Management of serial modifications requested by customer in the form of DRFQ feedback and OPTICHANGE revisions.

Candidate profile

  • Ideally, degree qualified in an Engineering/Manufacturing discipline 
  • Experience in methods, plant organisation and layouts.
  • Good knowledge of plastic manufacturing  
  • Manufacturing NPI experience.
  • APQP & PPAP experience.
  • Six Sigma green belt preferred, but not essential
  • Automotive experience first or second tier.
  • Lean manufacturing experience. 
  • Strong Communication skills.
  • PC competent.
  • Automotive Projects experience.
  • Experience in plant organisation and lay out.


  • 10% Company Contribution Pension Scheme
  • 33 days' holiday
  • Hybrid working policy

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: August 15th, 2022
  • Starting Salary: £32,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Birmingham
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

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