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Lead Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (Polymers)

  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Experienced
  • Posted 11/6/2017 10:51:09 AM
  • 3017315
  • Job Function: Manufacturing
  • Business Segment: Oil & Gas Oilfield Equipment
Location(s): United Kingdom; Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Role Summary:
As the Lead Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (Polymers) you will focus on the development of processes and methodologies related to thermoplastic extrusion applied to Flexible Pipe Manufacturing. The role will include interfacing, facilitating and providing guidance to the global AME team located in Niterói (Brazil) and Newcastle (UK). You will help define global AME Flexible Pipe Manufacturing strategy and roadmap execution. Join an exciting global company, apply to GE!

Essential Responsibilities:
Will support the team in collecting and analyzing relevant data and recommend specific process improvement actions. Will also work closely with commercial team in supporting the ITO process by collecting relevant information from client product specifications and recommending actions for the most efficient industrial methods to deliver customer outcomes. The Lead AME (Polymers) will conceive design and support delivery of cutting edge manufacturing process technologies, systems, and methods for polymer extrusion in support of the Wellstream business – the focus will be aimed at gains in efficiency, quality and predictability in production outcomes, increasing business reliability, performance and profitability.

This role will require an experienced professional with project management skills. You will have the ability to work effectively in ambiguity, lead globally and cross-functionally to deliver on project objectives. Develop, organize, and grow manufacturing supply chain in the area of flexible pipe manufacturing and be the interface between design and manufacturing when it comes to employing new process technology solutions:

  • Develop and implement new technologies aimed at improving shop productivity, with a focus on Polymer Extrusion technology
  • Integrate new manufacturing processes, equipment and materials to extrusion lines
  • Contribute to a cross-functional team aimed at improving Manufacturing / Inspection processes and systems
  • Guide, train and provide technical counsel to new and experienced engineers, technicians and specialists in flexibles pipe manufacturing, focus on Polymer technology
  • Work in advance with commercial team on new bids to identify future manufacturing requirements and design to cost objectives.
  • Recommend, manage and implement the necessary changes at Wellstream facilities to comply with new product requirements.
  • Advise personnel in the Design, Materials, and Manufacturing communities on the application of manufacturing and inspection processes and related quality systems.
  • Design and perform experiments to optimize processes and methods and help evaluate manufacturing improvements.
  • Conduct in-plant tests in advance to actual pipes to assure production will run according to product spec.
  • Conduct benchmarking and bring new manufacturing Polymer extrusion technology to GE Wellstream.
  • Perform other duties as required by the AME Leader or Production Engineering Leader.
  • Support and lead Brilliant Factory initiatives, focus on Polymer Extrusion technology.
  • Attend meetings as determined by the AME Leader and/or Production Engineering Leader to support AME.
  • Identify and deploy process technologies that are aimed at reducing manufacturing cost and improving operational efficiency by working closely with the respective cell teams.
  • Maintain and monitor accurate written and computerised records for the process as detailed above in essential responsibilities.

  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Solid foundation in applied thermoplastic polymer rheology and polymer structure-properties relationships.
  • Expertise in statistics and industry production measurement standards
  • Experience in manufacturing with a focus on polymers
  • An understanding of the range of polymer manufacturing processes including forming fibre reinforced composite materials and pultrusion
  • Must be willing to travel to GE manufacturing locations and Supplier locations as needed roughly 10%
Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website:

Desired Characteristics:
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading multi-disciplinary and global project teams to perform analytical and laboratory research work
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and partner with other organizations to generate ideas and execute research projects – remove barriers
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Strong aptitude for developing and conducting statistically designed experiments in factory and laboratory conditions, knowledge of capability study (CP and CPK)
  • Strong team oriented style with unquestionable integrity, technical strength, business focus, passion for excellence, commitment to quality
  • Listen effectively, create and communicate clearly and deliver on commitments
  • Desirable experience in Lean Manufacturing & Digital Manufacturing technology
  • Previous experience of mentoring trainee engineers or apprentices
  • Experience working in manufacturing environment, desirable in continuous production methods, focus on Polymer extrusion
  • Comply with all GE EHS Global regulations and policies
  • Must be willing to travel to GE manufacturing locations and Supplier locations as needed
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment, preferred flexible pipe with polymer extrusion bias
  • Proven experience of RCA and problem solving
  • Experience of report writing and data analysis
  • Good understanding of financial reporting and business acumen
  • Effective communication, proven ability to communicate issues and present findings to all levels within the business
  • Working knowledge of Windows software, including Mini Tab and the specific ability in the advanced use of Excel spread sheets

Locations: United Kingdom; Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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