Engineering Manager - Sunderland


Houghton le Spring, ENG, GB, DH4 5PP

Country/Region:  United Kingdom
Job Function:  Operations
Requisition ID:  33952
Employment Type:  Salary

Engineering Manager

Sunderland - UK


Company Overview

Lear, a global automotive technology leader in Seating and E-Systems, enables superior in-vehicle experiences for consumers around the world. Our diverse team of talented employees in 37 countries is driven by a commitment to innovation, operational excellence, and sustainability. Lear is Making every drive better™ by providing the technology for safer, smarter, and more comfortable journeys. Lear, headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, serves every major automaker in the world and ranks #186 on the Fortune 500. Further information about Lear is available at, or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation.  


Position Overview

Reporting to the Plant Manager and based in Sunderland, the Engineering Manager will be responsible for handling all elements at the Sunderland site from an Engineering perspective, manufacturing high volume Automotive Seating and Foams.


Main Responsibilities :


  • Effectively manage and lead the Engineering team in a complex / fast paced JIT environment supplying prestigious OEM’s.
  • Serve as the key Engineering lead for the plant for Industrial, Process and Tooling.
  • Ensure all critical chemical processes within the Foam Plant specifically are met and maintain a repeatable output.
  • Manage all onsite tooling including maintenance, upkeep, and development. Have a continuous improvement approach to drive efficiency.
  • Where applicable, set out clear processes for all operators onsite from a standardized work perspective.
  • Drive the team to achieve and exceed all KPI’s set out by the business, including Safety, Quality, Downtime and Scrap. Create focused plans to deliver and report improvements.
  • Attend all Plant reviews both locally and globally to support the business in providing best in class product.
  • Liaise with all Plant functions to support and drive all key metrics to maximize efficiency and profits.
  • Manage all escalations in the Plant Engineering team both internally and externally.
  • Have a pragmatic and structured approach to identifying and delivering engineering-based solutions within the plant.
  • Conduct Performance Reviews for all team members on a regular cadence driving employee engagement and development
  • Lead and Inspire the Engineering team to become a high performing dynamic team which includes a deliverable succession infrastructure including personal and team development.
  • Ensure successful new product launches in both plants.
  • Support the implementation and ongoing application of procedures and processes instigated the business. Support all best practices shared globally.
  • Ensure IATF16949 is maintained as appropriate.



Key Skills and Qualifications:


  • Minimum 3+ years in Senior Management role in Engineering discipline, and 5 years in the automotive industry.
  • NVQ Level 5 or equivalent in Manufacturing, Engineering/Chemical based qualification.
  • HND in Manufacturing Engineering/Chemical based OR qualified through experience.
  • Experience in the Chemical industry sector is preferred.
  • Management skills with ability to drive adherence to standards, processes, and Lear core values.
  • Experience of direct customer contact.
  • Experience of Lean tools and applications.
  • People development and leadership experience.
  • Understanding of Industrial Quality Systems and tools


As well as an attractive salary we offer:


  • Group Personal Pension with AVIVA 
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Life Cover 3 x Basic Salary (Expression of wishes form required)
  • AXA PPP Private Medical Insurance
  • EV Salary Sacrifice


Lear Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workplace.

Applicants must submit their resumes for consideration using our applicant tracking system. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, or similar, will not be paid a fee and will become the property of Lear Corporation.


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