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Design Build Team Lead

General Motors

General Motors

Warren, MI, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Job Description


This role is categorized as hybrid. This means the successful candidate is expected to report to Warren three times per week, at minimum.

The Role

In our pursuit to create a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion, GM’s global manufacturing engineering team is challenging the limits on what is possible and embracing agility as it reimagines how to build the next generation of vehicles. Our diverse team of manufacturing engineers play a crucial role in transforming our facilities through implementing the adoption of ground-breaking technologies. From raw sheet metal to final assembly, this team is reinventing the tools and processes that will enable GM to deliver on our promise to create an all-electric future.

The Design & Build Team Lead (DBT Lead) functions as a technical expert across all programs for the commodity specific parts they are responsible for. The individual also leads a cross functional team of engineers in the engineering, design and build phase of the die value stream. The DBT Lead is responsible for gathering lessons learned and stamping plant feedback as well as the implementation of engineering, design and build and bring best practices into the commodity. Work is of a very broad nature across the entire GVDP and requires a highly motivated, self-directed individual who is comfortable with ambiguity and displays both technical skills, and the ability to lead and influence peers.

What You’ll Do

  • Work with Studio, Product, Commodity Engineering, Commodity Execution, Die Program Management, Die Suppliers, Stamping Plants and Assembly plants to ensure cost, quality and timing expectations are met for each program.

  • Interface with each of these teams to ensure lessons learned and technical feedback are applied to continuously improve their commodity.

  • Facilitate cross-functional Design & Build Team meetings to drive on-time quality deliverables from engineering through production for your part commodity.

  • Lead the daily activities of the SE/FEs on the Die Engineering team assigned to your part commodity to provide manufacturability assessments of sheet metal product designs based on formability analysis, die processing and MR/GBOP evaluations.

  • Lead the team to resolve engineering, design and build technical issues.

  • Lead One Engineering Correlation Wall activity (Dimensional, Surface, Process/MR and Tonnage) for your part commodity.

  • Support SEs for DFM issue escalation and Die Lead Program Managers in escalation and strategy reviews as needed.

  • Participate in Advanced Engineering Buyoffs, Stamping Health Checks, MMR/P2 Readiness meetings, Strategic supplier scoping sessions, Vendor integration and routine meetings, design gate reviews, Global GBOP and Die Peer reviews.

  • Approve stamping deviations and support presenter in the Manufacturing Stamping Strategy Meeting.

  • Review all Quality Alert Bulletins for their part commodity to evaluate and implement improvement.

  • Investigate, accept, or reject all process change proposals with Vendor for make panels.

  • Review proof tool and pre-production tooling when available.

  • Support FPR events and analyze correlation of engineering and compensation package.

Additional Job Description

Your Skills & Abilities (Required Qualifications)​​

  • 10+ years of combined experience across Die Engineering, Processing, Design, Verification, Tryout and Production.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, material engineering or other equivalent engineering areas

  • In depth knowledge of die development and die processing. Basic concepts of die design.

  • Basic level in using commercial software packages(Autoform, Dynaform, Pamstamp, LS-DYNA and/or similar formability analysis codes)

  • Basic level in using NX, Vis Mockup, and Teamcenter Engineering skills

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work independently and effectively with others, motivate employees and elicit work output.

  • High level of oral and written communications skills

  • High level of analytical ability where problems are unusual and difficult

  • Exhibits appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with business partners to meet mutual goals

  • In depth knowledge of secondary and primary tryout events and processes

  • In depth knowledge of stamping press types, automation and simulations

  • In depth understanding of weld tool systems, checking fixtures and ETACS

  • Broad knowledge of tool and die, die to press interface issues and stamping critical success factors

  • Specific knowledge of engineering discipline (e.g., CAE, mechanics, physics, materials, and manufacturing methods) within job-related area

What Will Give You a Competitive Edge (Preferred Qualifications)​

  • In depth knowledge of die design.

This job may be eligible for relocation benefits.

This position is not eligible for ISP, ITAP, or localizations.



About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values;
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

GM is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. GM is committed to providing a work environment free from unlawful discrimination and advancing equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, all practices and decisions relating to terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment are made without regard to an individual's protected characteristics. For purposes of this policy, “protected characteristics" include an individual's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, height, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at Careers.Accommodations@GM.com or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.​