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Director of Automation Engineering at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

Posted in Automotive 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Holland, 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

Lead 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.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with executive leadership to define and prioritize appropriate level of automation with a focus on quality and multi-generational flexibility.

  • 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 factory.

  • 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 speed.

  • 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 growth/development/training

    • 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 daytoday operations.

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


  • 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 accuracy

  • 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