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Company is seeking a motivated and talented individual to work in Fremont Manufacturing’s “Control Tower” that monitors and manages the factory in ‘real time’. The ideal candidate will have direct manufacturing experience (shop leadership, manufacturing engineering, production planning), a technical background, strong communication and collaboration skills, and a passion for electric vehicles. This person will be responsible for monitoring the flow of product thru the different shops of the factory to ensure that production output is being maximized. Their goal is to be ‘looking ahead’ to prevent issues and when issues occur, stepping in and working with all required groups (shop leadership, Production Control (material flow), the Master Scheduler, New Product Introduction, etc..) to develop the action plan and lead implementation to facilitate quick recovery to minimize impact on overall performance. This role will be for night shift to start and the candidate should expect there will be periodic (~every 3-6 months) shift changes (e.g. to swing or days).
Monitor the flow of material into, through and ot of the shops you are responsible for to ensure they are achieving the plans set for them.
The controller is responsible for managing the near term plans (the next X hrs), as required, to maximize overall factory output. For example, this includes:
◦ Managing the build mix of drive units & packs hour by hour to stay tightly coordinated with the mix of car configurations starting into General Assembly
◦ Adjusting the sequencing of cars starting into General Assembly based on near term material constraints (or other factors)
◦ Changing the plan for a shop based on downstream conditions (stopping the build in Body in White early due to conditions in the Paint shop)
Act as an operational leader / coordination point for the shop when issues arise (e.g. material shortage / equipment breakdown / quality issue). You are responsible for pulling the appropriate resources together to develop a plan (e.g. change the near term mix, deviate to a different part, pull from service) and action it to protect production output
Support ECO deployment into and through the shops you manage (e.g. coordinating the flow of ‘old style’ bodies out of the body shop and thru paint to General Assembly)
Identify & articulate the risks that exist to factory due to the current state of the system and recommended actions ( e.g. due to stamping downtime on Press 5, projecting that we will have to change the body mix – Model S to Model X – in General Assembly for 3 hours from 1:1 to 2:1)
Identify structural issues / opportunities for improvement to the systems, processes or structure based on the operational performance you monitor and communicate this back to the Shop Manager & Production Planner to take action
Manage the support technicians that are your extended eyes and ears across the factory.
Participate in the daily operational review for Production Control to maintain close understanding on the health of material flow thru the factory
Work fluidly in a highly cross-functional team environment
Assist with inventory control activities
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or Operations background is preferred.
2+ years related experience working in a manufacturing environment: lead or manager of a production line, manufacturing engineer, planner or scheduler (key is hands-on experience)
Proficiency in analytical and reporting tools (MS Excel, Tableau) is strongly desired.
Open-minded, collaborative and team-oriented attitude is required.
Self-motivation and resourcefulness are required
Ability to solve problems in a fast-paced work environment with minimal supervision is required.
Strong work ethic required.
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