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Application Engineer

Company: P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc.
Location: Port Huron
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionAPPLICATION ENGINEER & PROJECT MANAGERThe Application Engineer & Project Manager serves as the lead engineering contact to interface with current and potential customers on new projects. They are responsible to analyze specifications, develop optimized spring assembly concepts and manage within the cross-functional core team the life project cycle through the APQP process. Who We AreFor 40 years our organization has been a specialist in our products. In fact, we are the only company in the world specializing in clutch return spring packs for automotive transmissions. This laser sharp focus, combined with the effort of great people, has enabled us to be the global leader in our market. Our organization collaborates with our customers all around the world in product development and then manufactures these products on proprietary manufacturing equipment and processes designed and built internally. What We BelieveOur core values drive what we believe and how we operate. It is critical to our success that all employees support these values through their daily interactions and decisions.

  • Treat others as you would want to be treated
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Take ownership
  • Either win or learnWhat You Will Do
    • Own, lead and be fully responsible for multiple customer business assignments
    • Drive and lead new products/projects from nomination over development phase to production
    • Combined role of AE/PM has full customer project responsibility
      • PM: functional project lead of project core team across our matrix organization
      • AE: leads technical concept; drawing and performance; trouble shooting
      • Work closely with sales and operations team to find and create new business/project opportunities, work out technical, competitive products to gather nominations.
      • Enable smooth product development, validation and production release by supporting with professional technical expertise
      • Main supplier contact to the customer with frequent customer traveling.
      • Work closely with core team departments: Sales & Business Development, Design & Analysis, Manuf. & Process Engineering, Operations, Finance and Quality dept
      • Strategical mindset to find new business projects and bring company in lead position to win new projects
      • Very close customer relationship required
      • Support new projects launch in the Port Huron lead plant or other regional operations facilities
      • Work according internal PJWS standards for APQP project management, Monthly reporting, design and analysis requests, Prototype orders
      • Act as a key member in our APQP process ensuring that all customer requirements are met
      • Professional customer project & technical product presentations
      • Strong internal communication
      • Serve as the lead engineering contact to interface with current and potential customers on new designs
      • Prepare detailed drawings for submission to customers
      • Analyze working environments, product specifications, and performance requirements to develop optimized spring assembly designs that can be produced using existing manufacturing methods. The primary objective is to ensure that new products are optimally designed for function, cost, and manufacturing capability.
      • Lead & facilitate product costing process. Manage the prototype quoting process
      • Serve as a key member in the company's VA/VE initiatives
      • Responsible for championing and proactively pursuing continuous improvement projects, as well as involvement with special manufacturing projects or as needed within the organization
      • Additional duties as assigned What You Will Bring to this RoleIdeal Experience
        • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
        • Automotive industry experience and familiarity with OEM design standards
        • Knowledge of APQP process
        • Define and work out technical product concepts using design & analysis
        • Prior spring design experience and familiarity with stampings and compression springs is a plus
        • Proficient with MS Excel and Word
        • Strong character with business case accountability
        • A willingness to travel as the business grows (up to 50%, but not immediately)Key Behaviors
          • Treat others as you would want to be treated
            • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
            • Act with integrity and professionalism
            • Builds trust relationships and works collaboratively
            • Ability to work well with a team including others at all levels of the organization
              • Take ownership
                • Effective planning and organizational skills, ability to complete assignments and meet deadlines
                • Proactive and responsive – take initiative to ask, learn and make things happen
                • Strong attention to detail, follow through and commitment to excellence
                • Willingness to take on both small and large responsibilities
                  • Challenge the status quo
                    • Critical Thinking and creative problem-solving skills
                    • Acts with a growth mindset, curious to learn and develop acumen for the business/industry
                      • Either win or learn
                        • Results-oriented work ethic with the ability to persevere through challenges
                        • Actively seeks new opportunities to learn
                        • Willing to fail and learn from mistakes
                        • Adopts a sales mindsetWhat We Expect
                          • Customer Satisfaction, responding to customer requests within one business day
                          • Product concepts that can meet capability, performance and cost requirements
                          • APQP launches and engineering changes that meet timing, cost and performance expectations
                          • Cost reductions year on year through VA/VE activities
                          • Delivery of prototype products to timing, cost and performance expectations
                          • On-time and competitive quotesWhy PJWS Competitive Compensation and Benefits
                            • The compensation package will be attractive to the candidate possessing the experience, qualifications, and ability to deliver exceptional value to the companyFamily and Community Oriented
                              • We are committed to the success and growth of our community. Giving back isn't just about donating resources; it's about making an investment that is sustainable. We partner with local schools and FIRST Robotics to engage youth early on and give them a compelling reason to stay in their hometown.
                              • We offer regular events for our employees and their families.
                              • The Blue Water Area provides a wide array of activities including water sports, fine arts and entertainment venues. Opportunities for Growth
                                • We know that our people determine our success, therefore we invest in you and your success. We are focused on providing employees with the opportunity to learn and grow in a high-performing team atmosphere where your opinion will be valued. Location
                                  • Our ability to impact lives around the globe starts within our community of Port Huron, Michigan where this position is based. There is flexibility to work remotely several days a week, however, this is not a fully remote role. As part of our culture, we believe building strong relationships is extremely important to our success, therefore we anticipate the candidate for this role will generally be onsite working amongst the team.It is the policy of PJ Wallbank Springs, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to any legally protected status such as race, color, ethnic status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.Powered by JazzHR6fSgkdzJRu

Keywords: P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., Warren , Application Engineer, Engineering , Port Huron, Michigan

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