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ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Advance Manufacturing - Manager

Country/Region:  IN

Chennai, TN, IN, 631604

Req ID 46838 Chennai, India


ZF Light Vehicle Systems India Pvt Ltd.

Role : Advance Manufacturing – Manager


Product Line  : Brake Controls, Foundation Brakes and Steering


Work Location : Oragadam, Chennai

Experience Range : 8+ Years


Job Purpose :

This position is responsible for planning, localization, development and implementation of overall and specific strategic manufacturing processes for Div A, to ensure achievement of the business plan.  It also provides portfolio interface between Manufacturing Operations and other company functions.


Your Tasks:


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1)     Research & develop “Division A” manufacturing processes, including localization of existing and new assets & standards with India specific requirements.                                                                                                             



    • Provide expert advice to senior management & to Global Portfolio on best practice of manufacturing methods, capacity utilization & footprint required to achieve business objectives.
    • Manage the manufacturing capacity allocation & footprint of the India’s entire facilities, including utilization of sub-contract sources.
    • Work with sites & external sources to develop the most economic, lean, productive & reliable manufacturing facilities.
    • Drive Global process standardization within India requirements / framework.
    • Manage startup of transferred equipment and Indian suppliers for new equipment.

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2)      Manage Portfolio Capital Expenditure and CEAs                                                                                                                                               



    • Manage the portfolio’s 5 year capex plan.
    • The AME Manager’s approval is required for the Portfolio’s Capital Expenditure Authorizations.   CEA requests are analyzed by AME to ensure manufacturing expenditure is in line with the business’s requirements & strategies.

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3)   Support the new business analysis bid/quote/award process                                                                                                                                          



    • Manage & provide the manufacturing proposals required for the new business bid/quote/award CQA process, supporting & advising Sales and ensuring appropriate use of assets with compliance to the organization’s strategic goals.
    • Coordination of the manufacturing solutions of the Global quotes.                                                                                                                                                                                       

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4)  New Programme Implementation                                                                                                                                         



    • Analyze the manufacturing requirements for new programs implementation.  Arrange & allocate manufacturing support.
    • Provide & coordinate core manufacturing assistance for program issues.
    • Supervise the DFM and DFA focusing on the process standardization and manufacturing costs from Local and Global point of view. 
    • Assist in operator development and industrialization of new processes.                                                  

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5)  New Product Development and VAVE projects



    • Lead & participate in various multi-functional teams for product, cost, operational & process improvements
    • Work with Product Engineering to provide Simultaneous Engineering of new products
    • Work with VMT and Purchasing on product cost improvements                                                                                            


Minimum –                                                                                                                                                                          

  • Practical knowledge of lean manufacturing principles
  • Experience working on international projects, including multi-functional, multi-cultural teams
  • Project Management related experience
  • Business practice
  • Financial and commercial experience

  Preferred -                                                                                                                                                                         

  • Multi-site & international experience
  • Product knowledge
  • Manufacturing knowledge of automated processes
  • High level of lean manufacturing principles
  • Knowledge of Quality Systems


The position of AME Manager provides a key focus within the India organisation development. 


It is responsible for the development, coordination & implementation of both existing and future manufacturing strategies and therefore is regarded as fundamental to the achievement of success for the India business.


Be part of our ZF team as Advance Manufacturing - Manager and apply now!


Karthick Subramaniam


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