Senior Manager Process Engineering

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About Rivian:
Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.
Role Summary:
The Senior Manager Process Engineering will lead and coordinate the daily activities of the General Assembly process engineering team, set goals for responsiveness and develop implementation plans. They will maintain a good working relationship with employees, other departments, corporate engineering and the supplier community. The opening will be located at our Normal, IL facility and reports directly to the Senior Director Process Engineering.
  • Plans and directs all engineering activities and personnel within the plant.
  • Ensures proper and effective support of new product launches with the manufacturing engineering department staff.
  • Leads and coordinates the daily activities of the Propulsion Area, Interfaces with Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance Groups.
  • Helps to develop/improve plant layouts and materials/product flow plans via internal and/or external sources.
  • Assists in the preparation of Process Failure Mode and Effect Analyses (PFMEA), Process Design Sheets, Process Flow Diagrams, and other Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities.
  • Leads and drives continuous improvement activities within area of responsibility, and ensures participation of direct reports in these activities.
  • Monitors all departmental KPIs to drive action items to team to increase productivity, decrease costs, and increase availability.
  • Manages line balancing activities in coordination with production, and owns all standardized work in their respective area.
  • Leads cross functional activities between maintenance and controls to maintain/improve equipment availability.
  • Evaluates departmental training needs, schedules employees for training, and ensures their attendance of both local and outside seminars, as required.
  • Develops annual department goals in support of Rivian's stated corporate goals, and reviews and follows-up on the status of achieving these goals.
  • Ensures the on-time delivery of all equipment necessary to support new product launches and supports manufacturing engineering on-site and off-site to meet these goals.
  • Maintains open lines of communications with, and serves as a liaison between corporate staff, plant personnel, manufacturing engineering, customers, and suppliers regarding new product launches and production issues.
  • Manages overall departmental budgets and operations within the department per company set goals.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
  • APQP. (Design for Quality)
  • Problem solving experience – 8D method.
  • Manufacturing/assembly process experience.
  • PPAP documents.
  • CAD experience. (Catia preferred)
  • Statistical process control / control charts.
  • Data analytics software skills; ex. Excel, Tableau,etc.
  • Kaizen / continuous improvement process experience.
  • 6 Sigma greenbelt or blackbelt desired.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology, or a related discipline.
  • 8 to 10 years of experience in manufacturing environment.
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering.
  • 4 years of experience in a lead, supervisory, or management position.
(Experience in an engineering function with an automotive manufacturer is preferred) Company Statements:

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