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Engineering Group Manager - General Motors - Vehicle Engineering Center, Warren, Michigan
Managed a group of engineers responsible for the design and validation of wheels, wheel trim, jacks, spare tire stowage, inflator kits, tires and chassis tools for many North America and Global car and SUV architecture vehicles. Provided leadership and guidance to enable my engineering staff and integrated supplier engineers to deliver first time quality program execution consistent with high core values. Created a business environment that encourages the professional development of each person while holding individuals accountable for results. Provided regular feedback through performance appraisals and one-on-one coaching to foster a sense of pride and ownership in their components. Responsible for workload forecasting and balancing and conducting a variety of management reviews such as cost reduction, warranty reduction and design reviews. Reduced or eliminated production downtime with prompt and systematic root cause analysis of supplier quality and process issues. Developed and implemented action plans to improve performance of business critical suppliers, which included leading efforts to resolve recurring supply chain issues involving quality and delivery. Provided leadership in areas of product quality assurance and quality engineering to drive business objectives, continuous process and product improvements. Recommended approval/reject of cost reduction proposal and improvement projects based on solid financial and business analysis.
Design and Release Engineer - General Motors - Vehicle Engineering Center, Warren, Michigan
Responsible for design, component validation and production release of tires, wheels, wheel trim, jacks and related hardware parts. Supported the vehicle build process (mule/alpha/beta/pilot) to ensure the representative components were built into the vehicle for development testing and validation. Managed the parts release system and completed detailed SOR's, SSTS, CTS, and DFMEA/PFMEA for each subsystem and component as required. Defined the assembly process for all parts released for production. Acted as a liaison between the Vehicle Program teams and the Product Engineering teams to assure conformance to timing, development, analysis and validation plans. Maintained open issues lists, product program spreadsheets and tire/wheel charts. Provided management periodic updates on project status in both oral and written presentations. Interfaced with the other development engineers, supplier quality, designers, tire and wheel technology experts, tire dynamics and technical services to establish design criteria for mass, piece cost and investment for each vehicle program. Provided advice and guidance to the subsystem/component jack designers as to the product design requirements. Designed and developed the stowage area for jack and spare tire within the interior or exterior of the vehicle by means of stowage hardware and/or hoist mechanisms. Insured that the design of the stowage met legal safety requirements. Ensured products and assemblies met specifications and all applicable product quality, design and manufacturing process requirements. Measured supplier performance on a periodic basis, and initiated, reviewed, and approved corrective action for supplier caused deficiencies.
Test Engineering Supervisor - General Motors - Vehicle Proving Grounds, Milford Michigan
Supervised the Tire Wheel Systems test engineering team that was responsible for tire and wheel test equipment, test procedure development and equipment maintenance. Planned, specified, developed and purchased equipment used in the testing and validation of tires, wheels and wheel trim. Directed the engineering and technical personnel in the fabrication of testing and test control apparatus and equipment. Insured engineers and technicians were trained in hazardous waste operations, first aid, worker respiratory protection and confined space entry procedures. Conferred with various product development engineers to resolve testing problems. Analyzed test data and prepared technical reports for use by engineering and management personnel. Successfully handled various capacity expansions, cost reduction activities and quality improvement projects.
Test Engineer - General Motors - Vehicle Proving Grounds, Milford, Michigan
Managed the tire traction operations and consulted on many corporate activities associated with tire traction. Designed and developed several different types of test equipment to test tire braking, driving and cornering traction. This included performance specification compliance testing for all GM passenger and light truck tires, vehicle wet handling performance, vehicle development of anti-lock brakes systems, industry standards, corporate litigations and Government rule making. Responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive tire wet handling evaluation facilities constructed by all GM tire suppliers. This increased GM's ability to fully assess tire performance and saved GM a capital facilities investment of over $1,000,000. Assisted in the test planning and in acquiring information to support GM's position in the government class action suit against GM with respect to the 1980 "X" car litigation. Participated as a team member to develop response strategies and in obtaining test data to support GM's reply to proposed Federal rule making for vehicle brake system performance (FMVSS 135).
Product Design & Development
Six Sigma Methodologies
Business and Engineering Skills: Reduced the product development and validation time by 25% by establishing better design criteria and implementing strategic enablers. Recommended and implemented cost reduction proposals and improvement projects based on solid financial and business analysis. Reduced product warranty costs bt 23% and material costs by $28 million dollars in one year. Championed a revenue-focused approach to product decisions and vehicle content to increase their contribution margins and corporate profits on one vehicle line by $34 million dollars per year. Contributed to company profit growth by ensuring that all products exceeded customer requirements and came in significantly under budget. Comprehensive understanding of business analysis/evaluations, product development life cycle management, process improvements, supplier negotiations, quality assurance and supply chain. Collaborated with customers to define special product-development requirements and translated customer needs into product-line extensions.
Leadership and Execution Skills: Highly personable and sincere style with strong verbal and written communications skills has helped me create winning teams to achieve and sustain higher performance. Proficient in solving complex problems and managing teams or working in teams to implement solutions under tight deadlines.
Product Design and Test Development: Managed the development and patent of a product design that eliminated the need to add additional vehicle structure for a flat tire carrier and saved the company $500,000 annually. Developed a test improvement process to insure that all supplier provided test data would meet corporate requirements for vehicle development and resulted in corporate cost savings exceeding $750,000 annually. Never missed a product launch or compromised production by maintaining tight controls on product development and validation timing. Managed the design, development and validation of over 120 products simultaneously.
Situational and Adoptive
In a situation where I am new or do not know the employees and/or company culture, I would need to look, listen and learn. I would need to develop an understanding of each of the team member's skill level, experience, and personalities. Getting to know their generational beliefs will be important in knowing how each individual wants to be treated, how they expect to do their jobs, and what they expect from me and the job.
I encourage honest and open debate from my team.
My leadership style starts with some fundamental core values:
I use a participation style in decision making with individual or teams. I want them to know that their knowledge and opinions count.
I always set clear goals for my team and let them know my expectations.
I delegate as much as possible w/monitoring based on skills, experience and confidence. I find that professionals want to be challenged and have ownership of their work. This fosters creativity and dedication when they are responsible for their results.
I am a walk around leader. I make myself available to support my team. This allows me to get to know them. This gives them the opportunity to ask me questions and for me to get their ideas about the project to help them feel vested. It also gives me the opportunity to provide them constructive feedback and performance recognition on a more routine basis. I never meddle needlessly in a project but always make myself available to support the team.
The single thing I am the proudest about from my previous job was the sincere gratitude each of my team members expressed to me regarding how they were treated and how they appreciated my mentoring, coaching and always being there when they needed my support. I am sure that is why my team never missed a deadline, always responded to issues with a sense of urgency and delivered so many successful projects. These were motivated individuals even in the face of a stressful and a changing automotive working environment. They knew I valued them, even if the company appeared to be indifferent.