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Lead Cost Engineer – Advanced Vehicle Development (AVD) - FIN0008672

Warren (Tech Ctr), Michigan, US

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Position summary

The AVD Cost Engineer will collaborate with GM’s Planning (Manufacturing, Portfolio/Platform) and Advanced Program Development (AVD) functions to develop material cost and vendor tooling impacts to respond to Vehicle Program / AVD Engineering requirements.  In this role, the AVD Cost Engineer will articulate available donor vehicle cost estimates, key cost drivers (including content definition, regional factors and brand / segment assumptions) and content alignment / tradeoffs to teams across GM’s various business units and to all levels within the organization.  The AVD Cost Engineer will drive cost-effective decisions to establish optimized, directional material cost and vendor tooling impact for these vehicle programs.
This AVD Cost Engineer position requires strong leadership skills and project aptitude as it relates to GM vehicle development process, cost and finance tools.  The work in the AVD Cost Engineer role involves a high level of independent judgment, initiative, creativity, and the oversight of multiple programs that focus specifically on developing and articulating content alignment and target formulation / allocation.
Other key responsibilities include:
  • Developing program / SMT cost analysis to identify key cost drivers - integrating assembly, footprint and product factors
  • Coordinate with Portfolio Cost Engineering to develop and review planning studies, analysis methodology and studied material cost impact; leverage Portfolio Cost Engineering input where required
  • Observing and translating component manufacturing process parameters into key cost drivers
  • Supporting GM’s engineering and purchasing teams during planning stage of early vehicle development
  • Collaborating globally to improve cost knowledge in all manufacturing location
  • A Bachelor’s degree with appropriate technical experience
  • Broad familiarity and working knowledge of overall vehicle Bill of Material (BoM)
  • At least 5 years’ relevant cost engineering experience


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