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Director of Engineering & Manufacturing

Company: Enjet Aero, LLC
Location: New Britain
Posted on: May 9, 2024

Job Description:

Enjet Aero machines and fabricates complex jet engine parts, components and assemblies for leading OEMs in the commercial, defense and general aviation sectors. Our goal is to be regarded as an irreplaceable resource by our customers. The only way for a company to meet such a goal is to consistently meet production deadlines and expectations.Position Description:The Director of Engineering and Manufacturing reports to the Site President of Enjet Aero in New Britain, CT. The Director of Engineering and Manufacturing leads the division's business development goals through project management, new product introduction, new technology applications for production, capital justification/implementation, quoting support for new and repeat business, development of manufacturing plans which include material, subcontract requirements, and manufacturing operations through BOM and standard routing creation to meet the customer's expectations. The ideal candidate will bring ten plus years of executing with excellence in manufacturing engineering leadership experience in a discreet/build to print manufacturing environment providing solutions preferably supporting the aerospace industry. Additionally, the candidate should have a bachelor's degree in Engineering or appropriate discipline. Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead engineering team comprising of manufacturing engineering, tool design, CNC programmers by performing the following duties personally or through direct reports.
  • Directs department activities to design new products, modify existing designs, improve production techniques, and develop test procedures, and support production with defect-free processes.
  • This position coordinates the total engineering focus of the Engineering department, as directed by staff level management, and transforms the information into a comprehensive plan.
  • Forecasts operating costs of department and directs preparation of budget requests.
  • Be the customer-facing technical lead for VOC activities.
  • Manage new process development projects and coordinate activities with various internal and external customers.
  • Provide project management expertise to ensure projects are completed efficiently and in a timely manner. Serve as coach and mentor to other manufacturing team members to share expertise and help them develop their project management skills.
  • Establish and maintain integrated working relationships with segment teams, sharing best methods.
  • Drive standardization throughout Enjet Aero by use of best methods sharing, benchmarking and setting process standards.
  • Develop, evaluate and drive improvement in process methods and procedures.
  • Create APQP documents including process flow diagrams, process FMEA's and control plans
  • Lead capital and tooling acquisitions, analysis and strategies, as assigned.
  • Design and applications of gages and fixtures.
  • Interface with suppliers and development centers on best practice technology concepts for new product and process design
  • Support business development with quotes, designs, VA/VE initiatives and technical presentations
  • Provide technical support and assistance to the manufacturing, quality, development and advanced engineering teams
  • Support and adhere to Enjet Aero and EH&S policies and procedures
  • Support and adhere to Enjet Aero Quality Management System and required certifications
  • Lead/kickoff program launch meetings and be a driving force to complete prototype manufacturing runs
  • Provide input for design for manufacturability, process yield, and capacity
  • Become subject matter expert in customer and product requirements for assigned part processes.
  • Perform other duties as assignedQualifications:
    • BSME or similar 10+ year leadership experience in welding, machining, heat treat, brazing, and assembly of a make-to-order, high mix-low volume business
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
    • Experience in leading the technological team at a Tier 1 or 2 in the commercial aerospace metal manufacturing industry preferred, though automotive or medical device manufacturing experience will be considered
    • Must have strong project management skills
    • Extensive experience in tool and manufacturing assembly process development with knowledge CAD preferred, and functional expertise in the application of GD&T
    • Advanced engineering experience required, with experience in rapid new product introduction a plus
    • Experience applying automation to work processes to increase efficiency and manufacturing capacity a plus
    • Experience leading continuous improvement a plus, with the ability to shift from a tactical to strategic mindset
    • Ability to lead and function in a team environment, while effectively communicating across various levels of the organization
    • Understanding of financial documents with ability to track part costs from quote through improvement comparisons.
    • Experience with project management software (Microsoft Project, Smartsheet or similar)
    • Experience with ERP/MRP systems (prefer Infor Visual) and CAD NX/SolidWorks
    • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing business circumstance and environmentAn Ideal Candidate Would Bring:
      • Excellent problem-solving skills a must as realized through in resolving complex technical issues
      • Sound financial understanding, including capital management and make/buy decision processes
      • In depth knowledge of root cause and corrective action (RCCA/D3), DMAIC techniques, PDCA
      • Working knowledge of PFMEA, 6-Sigma and other advanced quality improvement tools
      • Experience with NX design software and/or EPICOR ERP system
      • Proven new product launch success from beginning to end in a gated process
      • Proven experience in Lean Manufacturing while mentoring, coaching others in rapid problem solving/improvement
      • Identify potential roadblocks to project plan and make proper adjustments
      • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills; a succinct verbal and written communication style; good listener
      • Ability to lead up, down and to work well with peers; ability to push back without alienating othersBenefits: Enjet offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees including paid time off, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, paid holidays, a 401K retirement plan, disability insurance, and more. As an EOE/AA employer, Enjet Aero will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, veteran status, marital status or physical challenges.

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Keywords: Enjet Aero, LLC, New Britain , Director of Engineering & Manufacturing, Executive , New Britain, Connecticut

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