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Spartan - Engineering Manager
St. Louis MO

March 12th, 2019
POSITION TITLE:Engineering Manager
REPORTING TO:Vice President Operations
LOCATION:The position will be based in Mexico, MO
THE COMPANY:Spartan Light Metal Products is a privately held company headquartered in St. Louis, MO that was founded in 1961.  Their culture was built on putting employee’s first and hiring people that have innovative ideas and strong work ethic that would translate to delivering excellent customer service.  Today, Spartan Light Metal Products continues to be a solutions leader in the design and manufacture of aluminum and magnesium die-casting products and assemblies. The company has associates located in the United States and Asia.  While the size and capabilities of Spartan have grown well beyond what was envisioned by its founder in 1961, there is one thing that remains the same: dedicated and innovative people striving to solve the customer's problem.
Spartan Light Metal Products is looking for a confident and well-rounded Engineering Manager to lead and direct all Engineering activities and team members at the Mexico Missouri Plant.  You will provide technical leadership for all engineering programs and ensure customer requirements with regard to functionality; performance, manufacturability, quality, reliability and serviceability are met. As a member of the plant leadership team you will participate in strategic business planning and lean initiatives and encompass Spartan’s Core Operating Values in daily activities and in the attainment of department strategies and goals. 
  • Leads a department of engineers accountable for managing all customer-driven and internal product changes and product launches.
  • Provides oversight over projects and ensures project cost/budget, performance, and timing commitments are met. (Listed in order of time-spent or importance). Includes the following, but not limited to: 
  • Leads implementation of engineering standard practices as defined by the New Product Review process with internal teams to keep projects on time and on task.
  • Provides oversight of tooling, process, and document changes associated with the requested customer changes.
  • Partners with Program Management in a cross-functional product team environment.
  • Provides technical leadership in the development of die cast, M&A, and material flow processes.
  • Leads design reviews for new products, tools, processes, and equipment. Reviews designs for manufacturability and performs risk assessments.
  • Leads quality management responsibilities within the engineering team, including:
  • Selection of special characteristics
  • Capacity analysis
  • Ensuring quality objectives are set and attained
  • Monitoring quality issues, identifying root cause of quality problems, and identifying areas of improvements in the design process
  • Ensuring corrective and preventative actions are in place and followed when quality and nonconformance issues arise, and
  • Ensuring engineering team procedures, practices, and processes comply with quality management system procedures and standards, and provides training in these requirements, as needed.
  • Provides technical support to the Operations Team, through problem solving and Continuous Improvement methods.
  • Participates in lean manufacturing initiatives and incorporates lean and continuous improvement concepts in all department activities and completion of projects.
Supervisor Responsibilities:
  • Creating development plans/goals; 
  • Providing ongoing feedback and mentoring
  • Managing team member performance by ensuring each team member understands their job roles, responsibilities and expectations. 
  • Holds team members accountable for following Spartan’s Core Operating Values.  
  • Manages team member performance by ensuring each team member understands their job roles, responsibilities, and expectations and by regularly providing feedback on performance. 
  • Holds team members accountable for following Spartan’s Core Operating Values.
  • Maintains ongoing communications to inform team members of customer quality, product, delivery and team performance issues. Communicates company goals and strategies and how team and individual goals/performance fit into these goals/strategies.
  • Manages team member performance by ensuring each team member understands their job roles, responsibilities, and expectations and by regularly providing feedback on performance. Holds team members accountable for following Spartan’s Core Operating Values.
  • Builds and maintains collaboration within team and between other teams in the company. Resolves conflicts between team members and with other teams.
  • Other Duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field.
  • 10+ years of progressive work experience in Engineering in a manufacturing environment and
    5+ years management experience
  • High volume automotive with automated machining, assembly, and tooling experience with an emphasis in machining. 
  • Advanced leadership skills, demonstrating the ability to grow and and maintain a skilled team focused on teamwork, customer expectations, efficiencies, continuous improvement and lean initiatives.
  • Advanced investigative and problem solving skills, demonstrating the ability to identify and resolve complex problems that require further detailed investigation and analysis to establish alternative solutions and weigh risks and benefits, and their impact to team members, customers, department and company.
  • Advanced decision making skills, utilizing knowledge, experience, research, and data to identify multiple alternatives for making a decision, and identifies more than one consequence for each alternative. Ability to apply critical and creative thinking skills to make decisions and solve broader and more complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technical knowledge, research, facts and decision models to make complex decisions, capture opportunities, and mitigate risk.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business and financial decisions.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with customers, suppliers, other external contacts and with all levels employees and management with persuasiveness, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to make effective presentations, conduct productive meetings, and lead group discussions.
  • Ability to mentor and train others.
  • Must encompass Spartan’s Core Operating Values
  • Experience in lean manufacturing processes
A competitive base and bonus compensation is being offered 
BENEFITS:The company offers a wide variety of benefit programs and services, which address the needs of employees and their families.  Benefits include, but are not limited to medical, dental & vision, disability, group life insurance, employee assistance program, 401(k) with a company match and profit sharing plan plus vacation and 9 paid holidays. 
  • Frequent travel to customer sites, company locations, and various events by air and by car. 
  • The office environment is well lighted and climate controlled. Working conditions in the foundry include: hot temperatures in the summer and cool temperatures in the winter and is subjected to continuous noise.



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