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Shop Engineer

Want to drive digital change in automotive?

At Volvo Cars, we are making bold digital visions come true. We aim to lead in the automotive world by creating a digital ecosystem built around making our customers' lives less complicated. Now we are looking for curious, creative people who want to change the world through innovative thinking.


As an Shop Engineer in our Body Shop, you will be responsible for both current and future manufacturing processes in part of the Body Shop plant. You will be part of a growing team of engineers and Process Analysts where you will take a shop wide approach in driving continuous improvements as well as people development. 


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

  • Drive efficiency improvements for current processes / new processes under industrialization together with Production / Launch.
  • Plan for future car projects deliverables and rebalance manning requirements.
  • Implement lean process improvements and reduce waste.
  • Lead Kaizen events with cross functional teams.
  • Participate 2nd line process problem analysis (through DMAIC) and participate in the problem-solving process when expertise competence is needed.  
  • Consider safety, ergonomics and quality in every aspect of your work.
  • Perform return on investment calculations for suggested improvements.
  • Perform time studies, capacity analyses, layout / product flow analyses and standardized work.
  • Participate in Launch Team Activities and Budget Projects.
  • Manage, organize, assist with training and facilitate Kaizen (Process Improvement) and lean thinking implementation workshops to achieve company objectives.
  • Develops and maintains the standard labor hours, cycle time and takt time.
  • 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.
  • Local and International travel may be required
  • Core hours from x to x however may require off-shift attendance for changes/investigations, etc. such as temporary shift adjustment/weekends/holidays
  • DRM involvement/planning future models - line layouts and process development
  • Review material facades and line side part staging for improvements.
  • Be the expert in Volvo Car Line Fundamental and make sure to spread that knowledge to other teams and ensure that we secure fulfillment on the shop floor.

Job Requirements  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
  • 2+ years’ experience from manual, highly repetitive and short cycle time assembly processes.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification is a plus.
  • Excellent skills in MS Office, Team Center and preferably simulation software is a plus.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Good communication skills in a global, cross-functional environment.
  • Expert know-how in balancing, manning calculations, productivity analysis/loss analysis, capacity analysis and ergonomics.
  • Strong knowledge in Product and Process Engineering.
  • Experience of Leading People

To be successful in this role you also need to:

  • Be proficient and experience in line balancing, cycle time calculations, time studies, capacity analysis and other Industrial Engineering tasks.
  • Have high energy and passion for your job. Be self-driven.
  • Have excellent communication skills and ability to work in cross functional and global teams
  • Have great abilities to organize and prioritize
  • Have great problem-solving skills and a data driven approach.
  • Hold great ability to build engagement within the team



  • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances. 
  • Builds trust: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity. 
  • Collaborates: Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Self-development: Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels. 
  • Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Develops Talent: Developing people to met both their career goals and the organizations goals.
  • Manages complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems. 
  • Optimizes work processes: Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Communicates effectively: Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Courage: Steps up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.
  • Ensures ownership: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Action oriented: Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

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.

Ridgeville, SC, US, 29472

Job requisition ID:  71869

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

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