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VA/VE Engineer

United States
Work Location:
North Carolina
Advertising End Date:
15 Nov 2019
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

 Leads and facilitates the implementation of VA/VE projects for the Sanford site.





Key Responsibilities

Lead VA/VE project monitoring in all product segments and reporting units for stage C and D projects.

Facilitate the removal of "road blocks" to the implementation of VA/VE projects - ensure proper alignment between the manufacturing facilities, purchasing and Account teams.

Develop robust and real time tracking mechanisms to allow the Sanford Site to be able to see at any given time the overall status of individual projects

Lead appropriate VA/VE projects from idea to implementation.

Lead and participate in VA/VE workshops with the purpose to develop new ideas to fulfill budget targets. Lead follow up activities of workshops leading to a decision to pursue or close each idea.

Contribute to the continuous improvement of the VA/VE process.

Champion the VA/VE culture with the Sanford Facility

Participate and contribute to the Global VA/VE initiatives as appropriate to ensure

Develop and standardize best practices in the Sanford Facility

Ensure best practices and the latest technologies are being implemented in the Sanford Facility

Number of Account Teams/countries within sphere of influence:  All account teams and all countries in Americas region. 

Nature of problems addressed: Simple to complex problems i.e. simple resource allocation requests to complex cross function, cross culture (country) negotiations. 

Time horizon: Problems ranging from simple to complex that must be resolved within days to weeks. 

Competences:   Achieving through people, Building relationships, Drive to Achieve, Problem solving. 10-20% travel in the Region. Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priority     

Formal qualifications required:  Bachelor's degree in engineering. 

Previous experience required:  Leading teams and projects. 3-5 years in automotive, cross functional experience, manufacturing knowledge, cross cultural sensitivity, some experience in Lean Principles

Ideal candidate will have experience with design and implementation of automation (industrial robotics, conveyance systems, AGVs, and custom systems) as well as experience with high-volume Machining, Forming, and Assembly.

About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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