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Material Optimization Planning Engineer- Global Tech Center

  • Location
    • Warren, Michigan
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


This position is required to be onsite full time. This position will require 25-50% travel to support our manufacturing facilities.


As a Material Optimization Planning Engineer, you will be at the forefront of redefining material flow processes within General Motors. Your responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to identify and evaluate material optimization opportunities.
  • Collaborate with plants to understand their unique needs and challenges related to material flow.
  • Select appropriate technologies and solutions to enhance material flow efficiency.
  • Support the initial execution steps, including procurement, IT setup, layout planning and others.
  • Collaborate with execution teams for a smooth handover of projects.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Manage and support material optimization projects, ensuring alignment with plant needs and overall corporate objectives.
  • Conduct site visits to manufacturing facilities to assess material flow processes and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Conduct feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses for proposed manufacturing innovation and automation projects.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including product engineering, purchasing R&D, manufacturing operations, and IT to ensure seamless integration of new technologies and processes.
  • Provide technical support and assistance to manufacturing and maintenance teams during the implementation phase.
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and training sessions for plant personnel in collaboration with the different vendors.
  • Work directly with plant partners and safety team to achieve development of material optimization initiatives from drawing board/concept to reality/shop floor.
  • Work directly with containerization, logistics and other GPSC partner to resolve critical issues and put key enablers in place for the successful execution of material optimization initiatives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of implemented solutions, identifying areas for further improvement and optimization.

Travel Requirement:

  • This position will require 25-50% travel to support our manufacturing facilities.

Additional Description

Your Skills & Abilities (Required Qualifications):

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (ME, Supply Chain, Industrial) or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of equivalent experience in manufacturing and supply chain.
  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing, supply chain, and assembly processes.
  • Experience with AutoCAD, Factory CAD, or equivalent, and MS-Office tools.
  • Previous experience in project leadership roles, coordinating resources, providing updates, and tracking timelines.

What Will Give You A Competitive Edge (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Exposure to automation execution with a deep understanding of material flow automation principles.
  • High-level communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to present findings to all levels of the organization.

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