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Southfield, MI, US

Design APQP Engineer


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Lear Corporation is the leading Tier 1 automotive supplier serving all of the world's major automotive manufacturers with our world-class automotive seating and automotive electrical products. Our products are developed and produced by a diverse, talented team of more than 165,000 people. With operations in 39 countries, Lear operates in every major automotive manufacturing region in the world. For our globally positioned and successful teams, we are looking for dedicated talents with zest for action and enthusiasm. If you love challenges, want to experience development opportunities unrestrained, and want recognition that pays off, then you've come to the right place with Lear.


Job Title: Design APQP Engineer

Location: Southfield, MI


The primary function of the Design APQP Engineer is to be the lead interface between the Customer and Lear on all pre-production activities as well as manage all the Customer APQP Launch activities; provide Program Launch Support and interface with Engineering to confirm and verify compliance to LPMP milestones.



  • Participates in all product development and launch activities (including program management system specific actions) which includes the identification of customer expectations, manufacturing and ongoing production test support.
  • Support launching facilities as required in all aspects of Plant and Program readiness before/during pre-production build events.
  • Serves as Lead interface for the Quality organization between Engineering, Program and Plant teams.
  • Monitor Profile/LPMP management and drive/enforce adherence to LPMP deliverable standards.
  • Lead Appearance Manual development through pre-production build events.  Ensure design/manufacturing issues are properly documented at manufacturing feasible levels and read across to all applicable facilities.
  • Support and/or interface with Lear internal quality teams supporting the same customers in different regions globally.
  • Document, Monitor and Verify the effective implementation and Read Across of Launch, Quality, Warranty and Customer Lessons Learned across all applicable facilities.
  • Perform Post-Launch Lessons Learned Analysis and lead, verify effective read across of those items across all future launches.
  • Develop, Manage and Execute a Roadmap to Customer Satisfaction across all applicable facilities.
  • Language – proficient in Customer’s business headquarters native language
  • Language – proficient in Spanish preferred



  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or a technical field from an accredited institution
  • Minimum four (4) years working within an applicable environment
  • Competent in quality tools, and process/production control methods such as:
    • Expert in APQP Process and Profile System
    • Excellent interpersonal communication and listening ability
    • Strong analytical and decision-making skills
    • Ability to work with teams and lead decision-making processes in a team environment
    • Competent in quality tools, and process/production control methods such as:
      • Control Plans
      • FMEA
      • PPAP
      • Problem Solving and analytical skills using 8D methodology
    • Understanding Quality Systems, internal and external
    • Able to communicate fluently in English (writing and speech)

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


Applicants must submit their resume for consideration using our applicant tracking system. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, or similar, will not be paid a fee and will become the property of Lear Corporation.


Nearest Major Market: Detroit