GE Appliances, a Haier company Senior Material Flow Engineer Autonomous Mobile Robotics, Chattanooga, TN in La Fayette, Georgia

Job Location

USA, La Fayette, GA

Job Posting Title

Senior Material Flow Engineer Autonomous Mobile Robotics, Chattanooga, TN

The Challenge

The Senior Material Flow Engineer – Autonomous Mobile Robotics, Chattanooga, TN will be a member of the AME Advanced Manufacturing Engineering: Central Materials team. This strategic, project leadership position will optimize space, transportation, equipment and conveyance to the factory line. In addition, it will be responsible for supporting the Advance Materials Engineering team in developing lean material flow processes and systems along with fostering creative and forward thinking, to further robust material flow processes including supply base capabilities, material handling and material control systems. Prior Full Project Lifecycle leadership experience of Autonomous Mobile Robotics or AGV projects is required. Highly sought-after candidates are creative problem solvers who have academic and practical experience gained working in similar high volume, short cycle manufacturing, part fulfillment, or other high-volume drop ship environments.

What you will Do

Technical Responsibilities:

Support the Advanced Materials Engineering team in developing lean material flow processes and systems.

Provide creative and forward thinking to the material flow process including supply base capabilities, material handling and material control systems.

Evaluate processes in all areas of material handling and optimizes those process before implementing automation.

Analyze economic factors when developing alternatives to propose a maximized solution and optimize total cost.

Ability to develop, launch and validate projects at multiple sites simultaneously.

Work with selected suppliers to ensure project schedules are met and within the defined budget while meeting all success factors.

Continually research new technology solutions to improve the supply chain.

Standards and Compliance:

Ensure all equipment executed in GEA factories comply with Industry and Governmental Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) standards.

Utilize Human Organizational Performance (HOP) principles to ensure that all equipment / tooling / processes are implemented with the health and safety of the operators in mind.

Work with functional leaders to ensure equipment & processes support business initiatives of Bill of Process (BoP), Lean Manufacturing, Ergonomic Design and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Cross-functional Work and Leadership:

Work with factory operations and Lean teams to understand the Value Stream and how your projects impact this. Ensure material flow, workstation setup, model mix, etc. are considered when workstations / equipment is designed.

Develop a strong working relationship with Material Management leadership at all facilities supported.

Work cross functionally to eliminate waste in the supply chain including the integration of material automation with manufacturing processes.

Deliver guidance, and training for cross-functional team members with regard to material flow. Provide documentation and training to maintenance and shop floor personnel.

Utilize technical and project experience to add to the APS (Appliance Production System) and AME teams’ body of knowledge to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization and company.


What you need to Succeed

M inimum Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related discipline

4+ years hands on experience with manufacturing, logistics or supply chain including experience in Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma production method

Previous experience with plant launches or factory master planning of brownfields

Demonstrated experience with process automation technology, including automated guided vehicles (AGVs), autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRSs), wearable technology and other technologies

Strong computer knowledge including ERP systems, Electronic Kanba, Access, Project, ACAD and MS Office

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Engineering: Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering preferred

Very creative talent with a proven ability to look past what is currently done and develop a practical, implementable vision for future with a strong history of executing to vision

Prior NPI program experience

Lean certification

Working Conditions:

Working conditions are normal for a high-volume manufacturing environment.

Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds and working in and around heavy equipment.

These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.

30-40% travel may be for domestic and/or international travel to supplier sites/ plants, etc.

Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends will be required when projects are a key stages.

Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.