GE Appliances, a Haier company Director, Manufacturing Engineering in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Director, Manufacturing Engineering

The Challenge

The Director, Manufacturing Engineer is a key factory staff member responsible for the overall performance, development and maintenance of the plant’s technical resources and capability (both equipment and personnel). As the overall owner of all building infrastructure, facilities, factory production equipment and tooling, the ME will be responsible for building the plant ME organization to include creating and standardizing processes and developing technical capability of the team.

What you will Do

Develop and manage the plant’s project priorities including “Run the Plant” (RTP) and key capital projects and spending plans.

  • Partners with plant Operations team to drive improvements in equipment O.E.E. (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as well as overall process improvements. Drive improvements in equipment safety, quality, availability, and efficiency.

  • Coordinate with all plant departments to develop the annual spending plan and associated benefits/deliverables.

  • Ensure projects align with both factory current and future state needs and prioritize projects to drive all factory metrics (Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost).

  • Work with Product Line Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager to coordinate key capital equipment projects requiring project AME and AQE resources.

  • Ensure all projects comply with EHS and ergonomic requirements; 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 the Crib Leader to ensure proper inventories are maintained and accurate to support OEE, manage the budget with eAM, drive improvements with Sourcing.

  • Support and make improvements to the annual fixed asset inventory process.

Establish and provide active leadership for an energized and integrated plant Manufacturing Engineering organization.

  • Manage the factory Manufacturing and Facilities engineering teams as well as the factory Maintenance organization.

  • Guide key objectives and goals for each member of the team

  • Structure resourcing of organization’s technical resources to deliver plant metrics.

  • Champion and provide for the mentoring / training of plant Manufacturing, Tooling and Facilities engineers as well as Maintenance personnel and Process Improvement Engineers. Ensure individual career coaching, performance feedback and talent development.

  • Recruit resources to fill team needs in a timely fashion.

Develop and oversee the strategic reliability and preventative maintenance strategy for all factory equipment to maximize performance, minimize downtime and impact to production schedule while driving optimal resource deployment.


What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Technical Degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 10 years in progressive manufacturing or supply chain leadership roles

  • Strong operational plant finance background and understanding

  • Experience managing large manufacturing and engineering projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, develop, grow and maintain a skilled engineering team

  • Fluent with Lean manufacturing principles

  • Strong communication skills – will be expected to communicate to all levels of the organization. From the plant floor up to executive staff members.

  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of cross-functional program deliverables and ability to drive decisions based on the overall benefit to the company

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Engineering

  • Strong understanding of Union Relations and demonstrated experience building relationships with Union leadership

  • Experience implementing and/or operating under Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) system

  • Direct management experience for highly skilled engineering teams

  • Experience with implementing Lean process improvement in a manufacturing operation

Working Conditions:

  • The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.

  • 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.