The Freudenberg Group, a global technology group with 48,000 employees in some 60 countries, develops leading-edge technologies, and excellent products, solutions and services for more than 30 market segments. Freudenberg & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, with its Headquarter in Weinheim, is the strategic parent company of the broadly diversified Group. 

This position is located at our cleaner, greener headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. Saving energy and protecting the environment were key in designing and building our newest facility in Aurora, IL. Opened in the fall of 2009, it’s one of only six industrial buildings in the Tri-State area (IL, IN and WI) to be Silver LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified. Located near a wetland of flora and fauna, we’ve been especially conscious of their ecosystem by building wetland-bottom detention ponds that slow storm water runoff and improve the quality of the water leaving the site. In addition, we offer preferred parking for carpoolers and hybrids, and feature high-efficiency fluorescent light fixtures with motion sensors throughout the offices and warehouse. Other eco-friendly features: • Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, adhesives, sealants, coatings, carpets and flooring systems were used to eliminate harmful odors and improve the indoor air quality • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures help reduce overall water usage, while high-efficiency HVAC equipment helps reduce energy use To us, sustainability means integrating ecological, social and economic values into everyday life. It’s a continuous effort and it’s something we’ve worked for years to implement and live in all parts of the company.

Engineering Manager US

Your tasks

This is a working project engineering role where one coordinates the engineering department (people, projects, capital and resources) on day to day tasks and projects while also directly running engineering projects themselves.  Reporting to the Regional Engineering Manager they will focus on engineering projects to improve the Aurora site in terms of Safety, Quality, Productivity and Innovation.  In addition to projects they will also coordinate with site Production/QA/HSE/Maintenance department managers to support daily operations and issues as they arise.  They will work closely with Mfg. R&D and Regional R&D group to bring new products to production in a timely and cost effective manner.

  • Responsible for commercialization of new products and product changes focusing on machinery requirements while coordinating with Mfg. R&D (tooling/process) group for the new product launch success.
  • Work directly with Regional Engineering Manager to ensure manufacturing strategic alignment with Company objectives and sharing of best practices globally with other simliar production sites.
  • Resolve manufacturing problems, provide technical support, current best practices and advanced initiatives for key production processes
  • Coordinate/prioritize project engineering team projects.
  • Lead SMART Modular automation efforts within plant.
  • Develop Technical Mastery of core production processes:   Injection Molding, Fiber Extrusion, Drill Fill, and Automated Assembly.
  • Support Americas cost savings, manufacturing and product development efforts
  • Independently plan and technically provide support on multiple projects utilizing project plans and schedules to track and communicate developments from prototype design through pilot production.
  • Support Marketing, Product Creation and Manufacturing on technical issues
  • Provide technical support to procurement for sourcing decisions
  • Manage Engineering projects using formal Project Management  tools. Prioritize, track and manage project timelines.  Communicate milestone dates and contingency plans if needed

Our expectations

  • BS in Manufacturing Engineering, or equivalent (Mechanical and/or Plastics Engineering)
  • MS or MBA preferred
  • 10+ years of engineering/production experience with min. 5 years in plastic injection molding area.
  • Min. 5+ years technical management /supervision level with direct reports.
  • Understanding of polymer materials properties and the practical application of these principles in establishing robust manufacturing processes, troubleshooting, and consulting with R&D on material selection.
  • Robotic/Automation experience
  • Project Management Certification or training
  • Strong leadership and ability to lead, drive and motivate a diverse technical team
  • Excellent communication, presentation and report writing skills
  • Ability to make decisions within scope of responsibility
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage projects and if needed, contingency plans
  • Able to collaborate and interact well with all levels of colleagues and customers
  • Able to develop and manage budgets, including expense controls
  • Ability to set and achieve goals and drive results
  • Machine building, automation,  process technology expertise
  • Electrical schematic, PLC basics, tooling and plastics process knowledge
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Minitab, SolidWorks & Mold Simulation Analysis or equivalent systems.
  • LEAN (Green belt to Six Sigma) a plus

How it all began: The Channell Chemical Company started as a manufacturer of waxes and wood polishes, which were sold door to door in the early 1900s. One of the main ingredients in the polish was cedar leaf oil, which led to the product being called “O-Cedar Polish.” As the company expanded, so did the brand awareness of O-Cedar, and the name just stuck! We’ve dedicated our 100-year history to taking the “work” out of housework with a constant focus on innovation. We were the first to produce a self-wringing mop, to market the first angle broom, and to introduce the first spray mop to offer both disposable and machine washable microfiber pads! Plus, each and every one of our products is designed to help you get the job done quickly, easily and with confidence.

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Freudenberg Household Products - Aurora, IL
Peter Skoda ∙ Human Resources ∙ 2188 Diehl Road ∙ 60502 Aurora
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