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Lead Program Manager

Location: Novi, Michigan

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain project timing from sourcing through post product launch.
  • Work closely with a cross-functional team to meet internal and customer milestones with key deliverables.
  • Provide effective communication with all areas affected by the project, including internal and customer teams.
  • Identify and track open issues to facilitate a timely resolution that considers risk management and mitigation.
  • Manage data both internally and in customer portals.
  • Maintain visibility of assigned projects’ progress and communicate clearly to stakeholders and customers on a regular basis.
  • Manage and revise the internal program management system to address identified improvement areas.
  • Conduct internal program management system audits.
  • Lead, train and mentor a small team of program managers responsible for automotive part projects.

Skills (preferred):

  • Effective Time Management & Organization
  • Written & Oral Communication – English proficiency required
  • Microsoft Office & Project
  • Automotive OEM Supplier Portals
  • Willingness to travel both domestically & internationally (<25%)
  • Ability to positively engage with cross functional teams to achieve project success

Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Business or applicable field
  • 5+ years automotive experience in program management; preferably including system development
  • Participated in cross-functional APQP teams
  • Previous experience managing direct reports
  • Project Management certification preferred
  • A track record of previous successful organizational change

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Engineering Programmer

Location: Novi, Michigan

Job description:

Working under direct supervision, performs standard testing processes using a variety of metallurgical equipment and accurately records results.

Key Responsibilities:

· Conduct materials testing using various methods that meet customer specifications for production evaluation of coil springs, stabilizer bars, and other automotive parts.

· Have a basic understanding of concepts, practices, procedures and testing equipment in the materials lab.

· Perform evaluation of test results and report information to the design engineers.

· Complete testing assignments in accordance with instructions and record results.

· Collect and store all test data as required. Prepare clearly written lab reports.

· Ensure testing and reports are completed by the established deadlines.

· Verify the assigned testing equipment has been calibrated. Arrange calibration with outside vendors when needed.

· Perform routine maintenance and troubleshoot testing errors when encountered.

· Maintain equipment, machinery, and components. Identify machines or parts that need to be replaced. Notify the Lab Manager of any machine issues.

· Comply with all safety rules and regulations. Follow the safety manual guidelines and discuss any perceived job hazards with the Lab Manager before issues arise.

· Additional assignments as requested by the Lab Manager.

Demonstrated Abilities:

· Ability to follow directions, meet deadlines and complete assigned tasks.

· Ability to read and understand measurements and scales.

· Ability to read, understand, and execute testing standards.

· Attention to detail and dependable attendance.

· Good written skills with the ability to compose lab reports.

· Possess basic understanding of testing concepts, practices, and procedures.

Required Knowledge:

· A high school diploma; an Associate degree in Material Science would be helpful.

· A minimum of 0-3 years of relevant experience; previous lab experience and/or experience using test equipment is preferred.

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Photoshop.

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Software Developer

Location:  Novi, Michigan

Job Description

The Software Developer is responsible for developing solutions that drive innovation and competitive advantage. The role encompasses writing code to build and support NHK systems, applications and platforms. The developer also configures, optimizes and deploys software components and applications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Execute full lifecycle software development.
  • Works on a variety of moderately complex projects involving the analysis, design, test, modification, and installation of new and existing software programs.
  • Analyze and develop user specifications. Identify options for potential solutions and assess them for technical and business suitability.
  • Design, code, test, implement and maintain applications to meet user specifications.
  • Write well-designed, testable, efficient code to improve reliability and ease of use.
  • Maintain, test, and improve existing software products to ensure functionality and optimization. Make certain system improvements are successfully implemented.
  • Document all new and existing programs to guarantee effective communications.
  • Interact with team members to ensure design and quality meet NHK standards.
  • Maintain production applications for defect resolutions and improvements.
  • Remain current with the latest technologies and best practices; recommend technology solutions that meet NHK software development requirements.

Demonstrated Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to research new technologies and best practices in software development
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently or as part of a team

Acquired Knowledge:

  • A bachelor’s degree in software development, information technology, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of software development life cycle experience
  • Familiarity with Java, Javascript, JQuery, HTML, CSS and Bootstrap
  • Experience with Model View Controller (MVC) applications using Spring MVC or similar frameworks

Experience:

  • JavaScript: 2 years (Required)
  • Java: 2 years (Required)
  • jQuery: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Microsoft SQL Server: 2 years (Preferred)

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DDS Product Engineer

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position Summary: The Product Engineer is responsible to provide engineering support for key DDS (Disk Drive Suspension/HDD Suspension) customer accounts. The incumbent is one of the product development contacts with the customer’s senior-level technical managers and engineers.

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with the customer and internally at NHK on product and process development activities for new products and technologies.
  • Development activities include design and specification proposals, designs for manufacturing feedback, reliability testing, supplier development, competitive analysis, and product qualification data reviews, etc.
  • Serve as the main customer contact during all phases of the product program.
  • Build strong working relationships with the customer, set appropriate expectations and remove roadblocks.
  • Key contributor in product development team meetings and presentations internally and with the customer.
  • Participates in advanced technology and roadmap discussions with the customer to achieve long-term design goals.
  • Serve as the engineering liaison with manufacturing and the customer on any related issues, problems or improvements. Be the interpreter of requirements. Provide engineering and quality assistance to the plants for high-volume manufacturing.
  • Participate in the customer’s supplier performance review process and provide “voice of the customer” feedback and roadmap information to NHK.
  • Assist in hosting NHK engineering visitors from Japan. Accompany customers on overseas travel for plant tours. Travel internationally for training.

Competencies:

  • 5 to 10 years in the disc drive or related industries.
  • Sensor design or manufacturing experience.
  • Sensor development for autonomous vehicles.
  • Excellent analytical, project management and time management skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information verbally and in writing.
  • Able to work independently and to set priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to research new technologies and best practices.
  • Technical knowledge and expertise to complete other projects/products in the future, such as semi-conductor, micro processing equipment; latest memory technologies; memory production.

Seniority Level: Mid-Senior Level on Engineer Career Path

Work Environment: Office and Manufacturing Plants

Required Education, Experience, Skills and/or Knowledge:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics Specialization.
  • A master’s degree is a plus.
  • Requires at least 5 years of relevant experience in the data storage or sensor industries.
  • Formal training in project management, finite element analysis, 8D problem-solving, failure analysis methods, reliability test methods, etc.
  • Experience with a variety of engineering software packages, such as: SolidWorks, Autodesk, AutoCAD, MATLAB, Minitab and SAS-JMP Statistical Analysis, etc.
  • Prior disc drive experience a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Cognitive ability to discuss complex technical terms and product details.
  • Ability to negotiate plant aisles and abide by safety requirements.
  • Ability to travel locally and internationally.

Travel:

Travel domestically and internationally 20% of the time. Domestic once per month, twice a year to Asia.

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Engineer (Semiconductor Capital Equipment & Processing)

Location: San Jose, CA

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of Engineers in a fast paced and fluid environment. Collaborate with cross-functional teams including Product Design, Manufacturing, Quality and Product Operations to deliver products to customers.
  • Point of contact for new product introduction.
  • Provide design for manufacturability (DFM) reviews of our products. Make recommendations to customer to improve manufacturing processes for quality and cost.
  • Use statistical process control and studies to validate process capability, establish reasonable specifications, and drive process improvements in partnership with Tooling and Manufacturing Process Engineers.
  • Identify and highlight manufacturability issues during engineering builds to ensure product quality is stable and that supply is predictable during ramp.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years of experience with semiconductor front-end manufacturing field, working with the transition of new products to production and with core mechanical manufacturing processes.
  • Experience managing a team of Development or Quality Engineers.
  • Experience with statistical process control, fixture design/qualification, cosmetic inspection metrology, and measurement correlation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in communications with customer as interface.
  • Knowledge of common semiconductor process (e.g., etching, ALD, CVD, PVD).
  • Knowledge of common surface finishing operations (e.g., plasma spray coating, plating, anodizing, polishing, lapping and sandblasting).
  • Knowledge of mechanical bonding processes (e.g., brazing, diffusion bonding, ultrasonic welding, adhesives, FSW).
  • Understanding of cosmetic quality standards; defining and measuring color, specifying and measuring surface finish, creating cosmetic defect catalogs, and establishing grading limits.
  • Ability to proactively influence the product design process by proposing improvements and associated data.
  • Japanese speaker preferred but not mandatory.

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DDS Product Engineer

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position Summary: The Product Engineer is responsible to provide engineering support for key DDS (Disk Drive Suspension/HDD Suspension) customer accounts. The incumbent is one of the product development contacts with the customer’s senior-level technical managers and engineers.

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with the customer and internally at NHK on product and process development activities for new products and technologies.
  • Development activities include design and specification proposals, designs for manufacturing feedback, reliability testing, supplier development, competitive analysis, and product qualification data reviews, etc.
  • Serve as the main customer contact during all phases of the product program.
  • Build strong working relationships with the customer, set appropriate expectations and remove roadblocks.
  • Key contributor in product development team meetings and presentations internally and with the customer.
  • Participates in advanced technology and roadmap discussions with the customer to achieve long-term design goals.
  • Serve as the engineering liaison with manufacturing and the customer on any related issues, problems or improvements. Be the interpreter of requirements. Provide engineering and quality assistance to the plants for high-volume manufacturing.
  • Participate in the customer’s supplier performance review process and provide “voice of the customer” feedback and roadmap information to NHK.
  • Assist in hosting NHK engineering visitors from Japan. Accompany customers on overseas travel for plant tours. Travel internationally for training.

Competencies:

  • 5 to 10 years in the disc drive or related industries.
  • Sensor design or manufacturing experience.
  • Sensor development for autonomous vehicles.
  • Excellent analytical, project management and time management skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information verbally and in writing.
  • Able to work independently and to set priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to research new technologies and best practices.
  • Technical knowledge and expertise to complete other projects/products in the future, such as semi-conductor, micro processing equipment; latest memory technologies; memory production.

Seniority Level: Mid-Senior Level on Engineer Career Path

Work Environment: Office and Manufacturing Plants

Required Education, Experience, Skills and/or Knowledge:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics Specialization.
  • A master’s degree is a plus.
  • Requires at least 5 years of relevant experience in the data storage or sensor industries.
  • Formal training in project management, finite element analysis, 8D problem-solving, failure analysis methods, reliability test methods, etc.
  • Experience with a variety of engineering software packages, such as: SolidWorks, Autodesk, AutoCAD, MATLAB, Minitab and SAS-JMP Statistical Analysis, etc.
  • Prior disc drive experience a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Cognitive ability to discuss complex technical terms and product details.
  • Ability to negotiate plant aisles and abide by safety requirements.
  • Ability to travel locally and internationally.

Travel:

Travel domestically and internationally 20% of the time. Domestic once per month, twice a year to Asia.

Competitive benefits package

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