Automotive Launch Manager

Relocation Available
Position Type
Full Time

Overview / Job Summary

Aleris is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of aluminum rolled products, with approximately 14 facilities in three geographically aligned business units in North America, Europe and China. We serve a variety of end-use industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, building and construction, transportation, packaging, and consumer goods.


The North American division is seeking a talented Automotive Launch Manager to its team in Lewisport, KY.  The purpose of this role is to drive and manage the suite of improvement activities identified to meet current & future site performance and readiness objectives.

Responsibilities Include

  • Act as Launch Manager to successfully ensure completion of OEM Customer program material supply. The position must seamlessly interface with the a wide range of teams in the Corporate offices (Business processes), Detroit Innovation Center(Technology, Commercial, Field Engineering), and the Manufacturing Plants(HSE, Operations, Technology, Supply Chain…)
  • Lead Customer facing PDCA reviews bringing together and concisely summarizing all key relevant data to monitor, manage, evaluate, and drive Program launch status updates.
  • Develop and work through A3s by facilitating individual and team problem solving.
  • Ensure overall view of activities to critical outcomes and key milestone dates are clearly understood with issues identified and countermeasures on-going. Facilitate any and all required inter and intra-group problem identification and resolution activities as required.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain Program Master Timing Schedules & reference tools required to achieve critical milestones toward Start of Regular Production for contracted OEM’s including reviews with Senior management.
  • Lead key kaizen activity to develop systems and processes as required.
  • Lead processes to identify risks to launch with key stakeholder teams including plans for part resupply and inter-Plant mitigation.
  • Monthly reporting of Readiness activities and status.

Required Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree in Engineering or Business related field required
  • At least 2 years of Project Management experience in an Industrial setting
  • Critical skills thinking skills, ability to create and think through A3s, and the ability to facilitate individual and team problem solving are required.
  • Familiarity with Lean Kaizen techniques and Visual Management
  • Ability to proficiently use MS Project & Office Suite
  • Positive can-do attitude is a must
  • Ability to travel up to 10% domestically

Preferred Qualifications

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt preferred

Aleris is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity in the workplace.  Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.  Our HR teams will reach out to the applicants who met the qualifications and most closely aligned with requirements of the positions.


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