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Maufacturing Engineering Manager 

About the Organization It is the mission of GSS to be a world class supplier of superior steering products in markets where we elect to compete. It is the focus of GSS to continue with both customer and product diversification with growth initiatives in the global markets where safety critical steering is required.

Over the past forty years, Global Steering Systems has evolved from a division of a high precision bearing company to a stand-alone, privately-held company with operations around the world. At GSS, our focus is on continuous improvement of products, processes and employees for the benefit of all GSS stakeholders. GSS provides solutions for the most demanding steering applications.

With extensive years of technical capability in the area of steering development and engineering, GSS is superior by far in the capability to deliver customer service, technical support and high quality products. With an expanding global footprint, GSS has a physical presence in a multitude of geographic regions in order to expedite the delivery of services and solutions to the automotive markets around the world.  


This position leads the Manufacturing Engineering team and is accountable for the development, evaluation, documentation, and improvement of the manufacturing processes to ensure that the company goals for safety, quality, delivery, cost and growth are achieved.


  • Direct and supervise a team of technical professionals (Manufacturing Engineers, Industrial Engineers and Technicians)
  • Assign tasks and projects, and monitor performance to achieve goals. This includes setting team and individual objectives to drive improvements.
  • Develop, evaluate, improve and document manufacturing processes for repeatability that meet or exceed company quality, cost, cycle-time and safety requirements (including an emphasis on leveraging lessons learned)
  • Provide leadership in data driven, root cause analysis to resolve technical problems and continuously improve the existing production methods to remove waste, mistake proof and optimize the process
  • Promote and coordinate Design for Assembly/Manufacturing reviews together with other cross functional departments
  • Establish process guidelines and document best practices with the aim to have these standardized across all regions
  • Collaborate with design engineering through a stage gate product development process to launch new products on time and on budget that meet both the customers' and business' needs
  • Plan and forecast to insure adequate plant equipment and personnel are in place in order to meet budget, forecast, quality and customer production levels. Initiate, justify, and implement capital equipment, as required
  • Work closely with quality to develop, coordinate, and implement technical training for Manufacturing Engineering employees
  • Develop and implement OEE Action Plans
  • Eliminate roadblocks such as capacity increase and demand variation to meet demand
  • Train and certify Machine Setters on preventative maintenance and documentation
  • Model cooperation and teamwork
  • Give feedback to manufacturing engineers on routing issues
  • Responsible for accuracy of equipment and tooling
  • Participate in problem solving/cross functional teams
  • Create, Review and approve WPI's
  • Investigate, record and prepare safety incident reports, and reinforce safety behaviors
  • Ensure a safe working environment
  • Police PPE procedures
  • Understand what tooling is being consumed and react to abnormalities
  • Ensures manufacturing practices are current, consistent and compliant with GSS Policies and Procedures, all external state/federal regulations and customer requirements
  • Responsible for mentoring and developing engineers (problem solving techniques, project management, capital justifications, etc)
  • Responsible for executing Capital plan on time and on budget
  • Responsible for creating and executing continuous improvement projects to meet annual goals

The above are principle responsibilities and do not identify all duties inherent in the job.

Position Requirements

Experience and Education Requirements

  • BS degree in Engineering preferably Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering.
  • 7+ yrs. experience in a fast paced manufacturing production environment.

Competencies – Knowledge, skills and characteristics/behaviors

  • Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • A change agent with the ability to drive for results.
  • Manufacturing engineering expertise in a senior level role with progressively increased responsibility.
  • Experience leading individuals or teams in technical field (Automotive preferred).
  • Experience managing projects of varying complexity and scope.
  • Strong experience in the design, development, and implementation of manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrated expertise in manufacturing tools and systems, i.e., Lean Manufacturing, Problem Solving Tools such as Shainin and Six Sigma, Continuous Process Improvement, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Concurrent Engineering Teams, Kanban principles.
  • Proficient in blueprint reading (GD&T), cost analysis, facilities layout, hydraulic systems, pneumatics, process control, budget management, project management, fixed asset and cost accounting.
  • Strong computer skills, e.g., standard office software (Microsoft), presentation, database development.
  • Use of computer aided design software, preferably AutoCad and ProEngineer.
  • Knowledge of PLC, hydraulic, pneumatic, robotic, electrical and control systems.
  • Able to handle multiple projects with cross functional teams.
  • Proficient at time management to meet deadlines with contingency plans
  • Proven strategic thinking to bring next-generation processes and machines

Additional Notes

  • Position requires the ability to life, bend, good hand dexterity, visual inspection and some manual handling not to exceed 35 pounds.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Maufacturing Engineering Manager  
Hiring Manager(s) Heather Waddell  
Location HQ  
EOE Statement We understand a diverse workforce is a creative and productive workforce, helping satisfy the changing and diverse needs of our community, our business partners, and our associates.

Our company supports Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and we will not deny opportunities or benefits in regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, ancestry, past or current mental or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, civil union status, or any other legally protected status.  

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