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Process Engineer - Body Shop

Want to innovate to make life simpler?

At Volvo Cars, we’re on a mission to make people’s lives less complicated. We never start with technology and try to squeeze people in around it – we always design our cars around people, and we innovate to provide safe, sustainable and convenient mobility. Want to join us?


Job Summary    

  • The purpose of Process Engineer is to:
    • Drive efficiency improvements for current processes together with Production.
    • Work for continuous improvements to process delivery, quality and cost (man-hours Non Value added).
    • Participate 2nd line process problem analysis (through DMAIC methodology) and participate in the problem-solving process, when expertise competence is needed.
    • Responsible for Process Engineering targets within time/technique/cost.
    • Increase commonality and share best practices by working together within VCM.
    • Decrease manufacturing variability within the Process Engineering area.
    • Upon request, support core or commodity, when expertise competence is needed.
    • Act as the interface between the Production department and time setting group Manufacturing Engineering.


Principal Responsibilities

  • Process quality running production
    • Initiate improvement proposals concerning production process and routines, in order to raise the efficiency and quality level of the process.
    • Lead and/or participate in process related 2nd line problem analysis / optimization projects of existing processes, using the DMAIC methodology within the field of expertise.
    • Participate in process related improvements initiatives.
    • Manage internal improvement projects arising from e.g. Kaizen events, Black Belt projects, 6-Panels, etc.
  • Efficiency and productivity running production
    • Elaborate and define ratio proposals of operator working load.
    • Supports the plant in reaching man-hour targets on running models according to decided frames and working procedures (ratio).
    • Perform the necessary time studies on process improvements and changes (excluding time studies under the responsibility of Manufacturing Engineering).
    • Quality assure time studies in WES/OIS (excluding time studies under the responsibility of Manufacturing Engineering).
    •  Improve production working places.
    • Improve efficiency of existing processes and equipment, using the Value Stream Map technique (Retrieval of information to analyze the process on a regular basis in function of OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency), IEE (Internal Equipment Efficiency), equipment availability, product throughput times, frequent disturbances, quality loss, etc.
  • Product changes in running production
    • Responsible for the necessary time studies for new or changed processes as a result of running product changes (excl. time studies under responsibility of Manufacturing Engineering).
  • Process studies
    • Execute and report long and short term process studies related to car volume changes, mix changes, in- and outsourcing, and changed OEE demands (Overall Equipment Efficiency).
    • Provide Manufacturing Engineering (Core, Commodity and Facilities, Tooling and Equipment) with the requested running process information required to set the future processes.
    • Perform the necessary time studies for new or planned changes on the processes (excluding time studies under the responsibility of Manufacturing Engineering).
    • Prepare material (facts and figures) regarding proposed process changes and eventual investments.
    • Review material facades and line side part staging for improvements.
    • Supervise process analyst tasks etc. (NA for European plants).
  • Responsible to report deviations and start actions in order to eliminate them.
  • Follow up and start actions on deviations on Process Engineering related targets (scorecard and master plan).  
  • Responsible for following of standard processes, methods, and tools within Industrial Engineering.
  • Consider that we follow laws, agreements and routines when changes in process are implemented.
  • Responsible for reporting to Superintendent of Maintenance and Joining Quality.


Job Requirements    

  • Minimum level of competence is Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering/Industrial Science or same level of experience.
  • Practical experience from the production process preferable.
  • Knowledge about the processes, methods, and tools at Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering related to the defined shop.
  • Certified Green Belt or Black Belt is preferable.
  • English in spoken and written with effective communication.
  • Result oriented
  • Strong ability to co-operate
  • Analytical skill
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously


Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Charleston, SC, US

Job requisition ID:  35507

Nearest Major Market: Charleston South Carolina
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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