Production Manager at Mobius Motors

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Mobius Motors

Production Manager

Description: Designed, engineered and built in Kenya, Mobius Motors sells highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass market. Versatile, rugged and durable it is designed for African cities whilst still being extremely capable off-road.

We are seeking an exceptional mid-career manufacturing, preferably automotive, professional to manage the development of vehicle production operations, including initial rollout and scale-up of manufacturing functions.

Reporting to the Production Director the role will require a close working relationship with Design, Engineering and Quality.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Production Management
Assist in the recruitment, and lead team, of 40 manufacturing staff.
Create and review a detailed production plan both for initial delivery of 2016/2017 production units and longer-term scaling of production volume with Production Director and other stakeholders.
Manage Body Shop, Trim and Chassis lines operations to ensure delivery of high quality vehicles – ensuring full compliance with local vehicle regulations – against target.
Drive implementation of and continued adherence to Lean manufacturing and 5S initiatives.
Collaborate with R&D group to ensure manufacturability and cost-efficiency of on-going design and engineering work.
Support supply chain function to define sourcing and schedule requirements and material ramp strategy for progressively sourced domestic production components.
Manage setup of initial vehicle production facility and oversee staff training program to ensure a skilled workforce.
Drive manufacturing team to achieve established targets for daily going rate (DGR) and on-time shipments (OTS).
Maintain high product quality and manufacturing yield while ensuring optimal use of resources and adherences to best safety practices.
Monitor metrics and Key Performance Indicator's (KPI's) to assess productivity and cost management.
Drive manufacturing function to identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities across the production line ensuring minimal disruption to the output of the line.
Provide timely support as needed with critical manufacturing issues, including on-site implementations and cross-functional process improvements.
Project Management
Take ownership of projects; plan milestones, timelines, budgets and resources
Be proactive regarding task completion and periodically advise wider team on project status, timing, resources, issues and ability to deliver on-time with excellence.
Ensure adherence and compliance to general automotive industry production standards and best practices; maintain data outputs daily and backup data weekly.

An ideal candidate should combine Technical skills in Engineering and Operations Management with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

They should possess a strong skill set in leading multi-function teams, defining operations strategy and identifying continuous improvement opportunities in production line configurations.

Bachelor degree (minimum) in Operations Research, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Business, Economics or similar
5-10 years related experience in Mechanical Engineering and production line operations, preferably with a major automotive company
Strong understanding of, and, preferably, a qualification in, MIG welding operations
Exceptional leadership skills, patience and a good sense of humour
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Experience with process improvement methodologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness
Good understanding of mechanical and standardized processes
Excellent business acumen, organisational and strategic agility
Exceptional integrity and a strong sense of ethics
Deep knowledge of manufacturing, equipment and processes within final assembly, body shop, paint shop and powertrain
Broad knowledge of global automotive market and associated industries
Ability to take ownership and accountability of project timeline and results
Excellent problem solving ability in cross-functional and multi-cultural environment; able to define problems, collect relevant data, extract meaning from data and draw valid conclusions
Ability to effectively communicate timelines and project progress with both internal and external management teams
Strong technical ability; able to read and interpret mechanical drawings
Proficiency in Excel, Project, Power Point, Word, Access, Visio
How to Apply

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