At International Automotive Components, it’s what’s inside that really drives us. Operating across 19 countries, we bring over 160 years of automotive expertise to the forefront in crafting beautiful interiors that help to differentiate vehicles in the global marketplace. We believe our employees to be our greatest asset: we welcome employees of all backgrounds, and are proud to provide benefits such as professional development opportunities, a gym scheme, and length of service awards among many others.

We are excited to confirm the below opportunity to join our innovative and conscientious team:

Tooling Engineer - Secondary Processes

Main purpose of the job:

Working closely with the Engineering Team (together with OEM and supply base as necessary) to ensure that emerging component concepts and designs are inherently tooling, equipment and process-feasible and robust, fully accommodating the principles of Design for Manufacture – both in terms of function and life cycle – and D-FMEA/P-FMEA. To recognise, and work towards, a cost-optimised component / design solution.

The focus on the position is on secondary tooling processes for injection moulded plastic, including but not limited to lamination, welding, NFPP forming, assembly. Experience with secondary processes is essential for this position.

Main missions and results:

• Provide technical support for all aspects of creating and maintaining a preferred IAC supplier listing, based upon a ‘Framework Agreement.’ This to accommodate ongoing risk (and Total Cost of Ownership) analysis.

• Supply tooling assumption for Purchase-driven RFQs as requested.

• Provide timely VFM support for negotiations with OEM so as to meet individual programme timing constraints.

• To facilitate the necessary links with suitable suppliers for timely design inputs in compliance with IAC TSoW.

• Act as conduit between Product Design and supplier for iterative CAE (Autodesk) inputs, and oversee appropriate execution.

• Sign-off tool GA for press fit and service compliance and escalate any aspects of tool design / function (though covered by TSoW) that could be considered marginal or non-preferred.

• Critically analyse robustness of supplier design and manufacturing timeline.

• Closely monitor supplier’s adherence to timeline at mutually agreed intervals including visits to manufacturing locations.

• Attend T0, and subsequent supplier-based trials, as necessary to confirm compliance to (or satisfactory progress towards) all acceptance criteria elements of TSoW.

• Act as principal point of contact for all communications with supplier.

• Manage ECRs throughout the period of manufacture and introduction to plant.

• Provide support to Product Engineers in pursuit of tooling / secondary equipment trials, commissioning and plant sign-off, to Job 1 + 90 days, but beyond if circumstances dictate.

• Manage the completion and supply of all tool and equipment transfer documentation packs, including GAs, dimensional data, recommended spares listings, warranty compliance, maintenance schedules etc.

• Co-corresponds for new projects implemented in the company through active participation and opinions on projects in the subordinate area.

Preferred skills and experience:

• Degree in the discipline of mechanical engineering, machine or electrical engineering.

• Extensive experience in a toolmaking / process / secondary equipment automotive manufacturing environment, covering manufacturing processes routinely utilised in IAC programmes - lamination, welding, NFPP forming, assembly.

• Fluent English language skills required

• A clear ability to implement timely DFM inputs.

• Flexibility regarding frequent business travel.

• Evidence of managing the detail of time critical programme tooling elements.

• Ability to negotiate - on equal terms - with supplier representatives, regarding both technical and commercial issues.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and a more detailed job description will be provided with any invites to interview.

What you'll get

You will receive a competitive salary ranging plus company holiday pay.

Working hours are 37.50 per week. We can be flexible for the right candidate on the hours and this role would be available for hybrid working policy which gives you an excellent work life balance.

Training will be given to the right candidate with the opportunity to join an expanding site within our organisation.

IAC is an equal opportunities employer and committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. We are committed to creating an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our staff are recognised.


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