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Director Automation Engineering at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

Posted in Automotive 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Novi, Michigan

Job Description:

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has 114 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 20 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), the component group of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. For more information, please visit

technical resources responsible for developing strategy to guide Tier 1
automotive company from primarily manual assembly toward automated assembly.
This position develops and executes automation strategies for all automotive
Interior commodities (plastics, doors, floor consoles, instrument panels) with
focus on safety, quality, productivity, and costs.



  • Collaborate with executive leadership to define and prioritize
    appropriate level of automation with a focus on quality and multi-generational
  • Collaborate with Product Engineering to define design standards
    that support automation.  Support senior level OEM discussions when
    necessary to influence customer product design.
  • Working knowledge of IE
    discipline to ensure automation supports lean flow throughout the entire
  • Communicate with passion and
    act as a change agent.
  • Collaborate with Europe and
    Asia regions to develop and drive Global BBP (Best Business Practices) and
  • Develop inhouse capabilities so
    that we are not reliant on our vendor base and involvement of a growing
    technical team will help drive speed into the transformation.
  • Production Support, this
    position is primarily involved in the launch phase however as new methods
    are developed it is important to read across current applications and
    identify cost savings and quality improvement opportunities.
  • Responsible for Technical team
  • Develops and manage an
    education & development plan
  • Develops and manage a skill
    assessment matrix
  • Develops and manage career
    planning for our technical team


  • Bachelor’s Degree
    in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechatronics.
    Advanced Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Business
    strongly preferred.

Work Experience: 

  • Minimum 10 years related
    experience in a technology based industry, where automated assembly
    techniques are utilized.  Demonstrated ability to execute
    strategy and achieve results.

  • Possess a minimum of 5 years of
    leadership experience.

  • Proven experience, 3-4 “system
    level” automation projects successfully completed.

  • Working knowledge of automated
    equipment systems and tools; robotic, vision, material handling,
    conveyors, PLC, HMI, Pick-Place-Pack, Inspection/Test.

  • Possess a proven track record
    of delivering results, demonstrated business acumen and a basic
    understanding of the P&L and balance sheet are required. 

  • Have held key positions as part
    of a business unit leadership team or Operations leadership team.

  • Demonstrated competency in development
    and execution of strategy as well as in management of day
    today operations.

  •  A mindset that balances
    both thought and innovation with direct and successful execution is


  • Strong verbal and written
    communication skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively
    in a cross-functional organization

  • High energy, high sense of
    urgency, self-motivated and self-directed

  • High attention to detail and

  • Driven by very high
    expectations and delivers results, not “activity”

  • Targets breakthrough
    performance, not simply incremental gain

  • High degree of credibility to
    be convincing and persuasive

  • Knowledge of the latest trends
    in manufacturing technology and the ability to apply and adapt the
    technology to new situations

  • Eager to learn new technologies
    and methodologies

  • Has the ability to accurately
    assess businesses from a “general managers” point of view and set
    priorities for improvement

  • Possess the technical skills
    necessary to resolve a broad array of business issues; leading the
    implementation of the business system across the enterprise