ZF Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Lafayette, Indiana

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Division T - Commercial Vehicle


Job Description

Job Description

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow – and beyond. Are you up for the challenge?

Position Requirements

  • Leads and participates in engineering related activities.

  • Develops new manufacturing processes.

  • Implements cost reduction ideas.

  • Submits cost justifications for relevant issues and items.

  • Forecasts long term planning for manufacturing.

  • Creates the global plan for entire work area.

  • Communicates with both internal and external customers.

  • Installs and moves new and existing machinery.

  • Capital Equipment

  • Lead recommendations of capital equipment purchases.

  • Completes project write up and executive summary of needed equipment.

  • Receives supplier quotes and assists in the selection of acceptable bids.

  • Provides layout for equipment and modifies layout as necessary.

  • Oversees projects from requisition stage throughout completion.

  • Performs operator training for new processes and equipment.

  • Support machine runoffs / may require travel.

  • Monitors the acceptance testing activities and progress of such testing.

  • Troubleshoot any new equipment until running smoothly whenever necessary.

  • Determines capital needs for future projects with current capacity.

  • Performs tooling selection, machine upgrades, retrofits, and feeds/speeds activities.

  • Determines cost and extent of need for change of product design.

  • Performs process failure mode analyses for manufacturing.

  • Generates process flow, routings, tool estimates and capital estimates for new product estimates.

  • Identify profit and machine utilization opportunities.

  • Monitors scrap and controllable spending in area of responsibility.

  • Participate with and support engineering and manufacturing teams with technical expertise needed to resolve issues impacting our ability to provide a top quality product in the most cost effective manner.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Business, engineering, materials management)

  • Proven interpersonal skills to work with people at all levels in and outside ZF in a professional manner

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and resolve issues and challenges

  • Strong computer skills including experience with MS Excel

  • Capability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize projects

  • Must be effective in a team environment and be able to work independently

  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills required

  • Strong dedication and commitment to quality customer service and satisfaction while following through on assigned projects

  • Must be familiar with lean mfg. principals, six-sigma, APQP process and PFMEA’s.

  • 5+ years experience

  • Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree

Experience and Skill Requirements

5 + years

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area







United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran