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Process Engineering Team Lead

P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc.
Port Huron, MI
Expired: over a month ago Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Paid Time Off , Retirement
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Who We Are Today 

For more than 40 years, P.J. Wallbank Springs (PJWS) – located in Port Huron, MI – has been the only company in the world specializing in clutch return spring packs for automotive transmissions. This laser sharp focus, combined with the effort of great people, has enabled us to be the global leader in our market. We believe this product area will be a contributor to our business for years to come, but we also know the market changes brought on by the increased use of electric vehicles means there must be a deliberate focus on, “what’s next.” 


Our Growth Philosophy 

To us, “what’s next” isn’t just what’s beyond clutches in automatic transmissions; what’s next is creating a new culture where we consistently look to out-innovate our own products or manufacturing processes. We will expand our focus into other spring assembly markets, while still maintaining ownership of both product development and manufacturing process development. Growth comes from leveraging our existing strengths. We don’t grow our sales for the sake of growing revenue and being a larger organization. We grow when we believe we will be the best supplier in the market, while pursuing our vision of making a dramatic impact on the world. 


We Live Our Values 

Our core values drive what we believe and how we operate. It is critical to our success that all employees support these values through their daily interactions and decisions.  


Watch to hear how our people define our values. 



Competitive Salary, Benefits, 401K, Generous Paid Time Off 


Why Is This Position Open? 

We have the potential for exponential growth over the next few years as we focus on what’s next at PJWS and maximizing our spring pack assembly business. Being a small, agile company allows us the flexibility to transition people to different areas within our business based on interest and need, opening the door for this Process Engineering Leader role. 


What Will You Do? 

The Process Engineering Leader will lead and develop others, as well as actively participate as a member of our operational team to achieve world-class manufacturing standards. This key role is responsible for driving quality and efficiency into our processes. In addition, this hands-on individual will have a continuous improvement mentality driven by data and focused on prevention. To be successful, you must demonstrate initiative and have a thorough understanding and extensive working knowledge of quality and lean manufacturing systems secured via prior experience of working with and implementing such systems. Experience working in growth environments at both small and mid-sized organizations will also serve you well in this role. 



What Will You Do? 

  • Responsible for leading, managing, and building (recruiting & developing) a world-class, high performing Engineering team with four to six direct reports.   

  • Serve as a role model for the culture every day, living the PJWS values  

  • Overall responsibility for engineering, including process engineering, process equipment development, tooling, launch support, and continuous improvement 

  • New process equipment development: lead design, build, and launch 

  • Manage long and short-term improvements to manufacturing processes (efficiency, quality, and capacity improvement) and equipment 

  • Drive Six Sigma level problem solving to eliminate defects at the root and improve product and process capability 

  • Address escalations, both immediate and address underlying systemic issues 

  • Machine shop management 

  • Responsible for implementing and achieving Engineering performance KPIs 

  • Manage new product launch and PPAP deliverables in manufacturing 


What Will You Bring To This Role? 

Ideal Qualifications and Experience  

  • History of achieving impressive results as leader and coach of others 

  • Strong working knowledge of TPS and/or Shingo Model 

  • Prior experience as a successful change agent 

  • Experience in high volume production  

  • Enjoys and is active on the manufacturing floor 

  • Possesses mechanical aptitude, and is a demonstrated problem solver (DOE and/or Six Sigma experience preferred) 

  • Global automotive industry experience, including familiarity with customer expectations, systems, and standards 

  • Strong knowledge, experience, and belief in the APQP process       


What Do We Expect? 


  • Ability to support employee development through identification of growth areas and strategies for improvement  

  • Sees the big picture and aligns with the company vision and values 

  • Skilled in having difficult conversations to address areas for improvement 

Meet or exceed metric performance targets: 

  • Reduced defect creation as measured through scrap and product capability/testing 

  • Improved productivity and efficiency  

  • Equipment capacity at or below target 

Within 1 year: 

  • Reduce total required direct labor resources by 25%, with minimal addition to indirect resource pool and in most cost-effective way without compromising customer quality 

  • Oversee and lead design/build of additional machine capacity, in alignment with minimal viable product mindset  

  • Implementation of process of controls to reduce creation of defects by 25% 


Meet the Team: 



Why Join Us? 

Competitive Compensation and Benefits 

  • The compensation package will be attractive to the candidate possessing the experience, qualifications, and ability to deliver exceptional value to the company. 


Family and Community Oriented 

  • We are committed to the success and growth of our community. Giving back isn’t just about donating resources; it’s about making an investment that is sustainable. We partner with local schools and FIRST Robotics to engage youth early on and give them a compelling reason to stay in their hometown. 

  • We offer regular events for our employees and their families. 

  • The Blue Water Area provides a wide array of activities including water sports, fine arts and entertainment venues. 


Opportunities for Growth 

  • We know that our people are our engine for growth, therefore we invest in you and your success. We are focused on providing employees with the opportunity to learn and grow in a high-performing team atmosphere where your opinion will be valued. 



  • Our ability to impact lives around the globe starts within our community of Port Huron, Michigan where this position is based. As part of our culture, we believe building strong relationships is extremely important to our success, therefore we anticipate the candidate for this role will generally be onsite working amongst the team. 


It is the policy of PJ Wallbank Springs, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to any legally protected status such as race, color, ethnic status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. 



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Port Huron, MI
48060 USA



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