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Hillenbrand Coperion Rotex Batesville Milacron Moldmasters DME

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

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Position Summary:

The Senior Manufacturing Engineer, New Product Development (NPD) has outstanding problem-solving capability and accountability skills. They are a hands-on leader. They can lead and facilitate cross functional teams in deploying new products and processes in manufacturing that achieve safety, quality, delivery, and cost targets. They work on unusually complex problems, provide solutions that are highly creative and able to drive for results.

The Senior Manufacturing Engineer for NPD deals with design-for-producibility, product transition from the design phase to full Production Release, including quality, manufacturing, and product sustaining processes. This position focuses on building the processes and infrastructure needed for each department involved in assembly, test, and quality control.

Who we are:

Milacron is a global leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of highly engineered and customized systems within the $27 billion plastic technology and processing industry. We are the only global company with a full-line product portfolio that includes hot runner systems, injection molding, extrusion equipment. We maintain strong market positions across these products, as well as leading positions in process control systems, mold bases and components, maintenance, repair and operating (“MRO”) supplies for plastic processing equipment. Our strategy is to deliver highly customized equipment, components and service to our customers throughout the lifecycle of their plastic processing technology systems.

Milacron is an operating company of Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand's portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under "HI."

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with all departments in the Quality/Manufacturing/Engineering groups to establish products and processes that meet functional requirements.
  • Develop products and processes for repetitive, cost effective, high quality production.
  • Work with Manufacturing and Engineering to define and document requirements early in the product development life cycle and continues to drive conformance through preliminary and critical design reviews, validation, and scale for production.
  • Lead or be an active member of all NPD collaborative efforts with Engineering, Quality, and Manufacturing to:
    • Define manufacturing processes, production targets, costs, contracting with outside vendors and competitive factors.
    • Partner with Supply Chain and Engineering to review manufacturing RFPs and responses.
    • Creates manufacturing plans for pilot production and full production.
    • Demonstrates and owns production readiness and documentation. This includes production tooling, facilities, and manufacturing methods/workflows. 
    • Sustain the manufacturing process by minimizing scrap and rework.   
    • Attends project reviews and design reviews. Presents updates at project reviews on manufacturing readiness and issues.
    • Able to analyze engineering models and designs for producibility
  • Participates in the validation process. Including the development of product validation test plans, managing validation, and aiding in the presentation of validation results, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Defines requirements and oversees design of production test fixtures utilizing in-house team members or outside contractors.
  • Leads Root Cause (RCA) and corrective action events.
  • Provides technical support to the manufacturing engineering floor, manufacturing vendors, sales, and customers.
  • Partners with engineering to ensure hardware, software, mechanical fixes to root cause are developed and implemented.
  • Identifies production yield and test issues and develops improvements.
  • Leads the AFE process for all capital investments to improve manufacturing safety, quality, delivery, and cost.
  • Facilitates, as needed, large scale continuous improvement projects impacting multiple value streams.
  • Supports as an alternate resource for Value Stream Mfg Engineers to resolve quality assurance issues on the shop floor due to capacity or capability limitations.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A


  • Five to ten years’ experience in manufacturing processes in a heavy manufacturing industry.
  • Experience in the design and use of jigs and fixtures.
  • Project management experience is required.
  • A working knowledge of designing for production, JIT, lean and continuous improvement techniques.
  • Computer skills in word processing, spread sheet, Microsoft Project, and CAD software.
  • Good communications skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of personnel and disciplines.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering/Technology, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.

Travel: N/A

Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee may occasionally be required to crouch. The employee may occasionally lift items as heavy as 25lbs. Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.


DISCLAIMER: The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of any employee assigned to this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

At Hillenbrand we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans

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