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Vigo, PO, ES

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager for fastening processes and product safety

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 39 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 #166 on the Fortune 500. Further information about Lear is available at, or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation

Position Overview

As part of the EU & Africa JIT and Structures AME team, this role is to lead all the central Manufacturing Engineering activities relating to Safety Critical and Customer Critical processes and equipment.

Primary focus is around the topic of Safety Critical Fastenings, with the task to lead the education, deployment, confirmation and follow up routines within all the Plants as well as represent the EU & Africa Plants in the continued development of the Lear global internal Standard SGS 025 

The role will also include leading all AME activities around safety critical items including; benchmarking Plant activities, identifying best practices, defining Lear Standards for EU & Africa, leading development of key solutions, technical interface with Suppliers, technical expertise with Customers, communication and education of the Plants, assessment of adherence to standards, as well as identification of new technologies that can be used to support safety critical aspects of our products.

The main responsibilities for this role are:

  • Team Development: -
  • Coach the AME team in best practice and defined standards, for Safety Critical items.
  • Identify A players from the plants and external for development potential into AME roles.
  • Management of direct reports.


  • Specific targets are to improve: -
  • Work together with Plant Industrial Engineering teams to ensure implementation of safety critical equipment and processes.
  • Define all equipment and process Standards, related to product safety, for Lear JIT & Structures going forward, prioritizing the opportunities with the largest benefit to Lear first.
  • Communicate AME Standards for Safety Critical items and provide a single source location for accessing latest standards.
  • Supplier development – work with Purchasing to develop key supplier partners relevant to Safety Critical equipment.
  • Working together with other departments (such as Quality, Safety Engineering, EHS, Plant Support team and IT)
  • Support and audit plant teams for the implementation of the Safety Critical standards
  • Benchmarking of solutions concerning process reliability and costs
  • Identification of safety critical innovations and support roll out
  • Increase Lear internal CE understanding, allowing future internal integration opportunities.


  • For project execution, manage directly and indirectly to: -
  • Ensure that there is a clear business case or operational need for each project.
  • Ensure all AME Standards are adhered to.
  • Project timing is adhered to and suppliers are managed proactively.
  • Flawless launch and zero Customer impact


  • 3 years minimum experience in a Manufacturing Engineering role. (Seating or Automotive preferred)
  • High Standard of English language
  • Project management experience.
  • Understanding of ergonomics.
  • Understanding of screwing tools, processes and fastening strategies.
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel within the role.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Good communicator – comfortable in presenting to all levels within the business.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Technical knowledge of latest JIT assembly equipment and tools would be a nice to have.
  • Technical knowledge of latest Welding, riveting, painting and machining equipment and tools would be a nice to have.
  • FMEA experience would be a nice to have.
  • Willingness to travel internationally 60% of the time around all Europe and Africa.