Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Brady Corporation Milwaukee , WI 53201

Posted 6 months ago

Company Overview:

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady's products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the Company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of July 31, 2017, employed approximately 6,300 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady's fiscal 2017 sales were approximately $1.11 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at

Position Summary:

The Manufacturing Engineer- New Product Development (NPD) is a member of the Manufacturing Engineering NPD team and is responsible for representing Manufacturing Engineering leading operational readiness activities throughout the new product development process.

This position will participate on NPD teams beginning with project planning phases through production launch. Incumbent will perform a critical role in influencing new product design to ensure that it is optimized for manufacturing assembly, cost and quality in addition to meeting all specified requirements.

In addition to supporting NPD introduction activity, this position may also support sustaining engineering projects. This role will also lead the development of robust manufacturing processes and setup lean manufacturing lines working with site manufacturing engineers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead Sr. Manufacturing Engineer on NPD teams from planning through launch, representing Manufacturing Engineering and Operations.

  • Key responsibilities are:

    1. Ensure that operations requirements are incorporated into design during design phase and

    1. Lead and coordinate operational readiness activities at manufacturing locations for launch.

  • Core member of NPD team and key participant in cross functional NPD team activities such as DFMEA, Design Reviews, etc

  • Provide leadership to manufacturing locations serving as the communication bridge between the R&D team and the manufacturing locations

  • Lead project planning with manufacturing locations to determine manufacturing operational requirements including capacity, space, processes, and capital equipment.

  • Lead development of manufacturing lines utilizing lean manufacturing concepts. (single piece flow, standard work, kanban, playbook etc)

  • Develop advanced manufacturing systems and processes to ensure process capability, repeatability & reproducibility in launched product

  • Lead and coordinate PFMEAs to identify and mitigate process risks.

  • Establish process controls and utilizes Poke Yoke techniques to ensure robust product quality and efficiency (Mistake-proofing of products and processes)

  • Lead development of quality control plans to ensure adequate checks are established for testing phases and product launch.

  • Perform process and equipment validations.

  • Coordinate pre-production builds with manufacturing locations to evaluate production capability.

  • Review product performance data to identify trends and develop appropriate product and process improvements.

  • Lead preparation and execution of process readiness reviews with stakeholders to demonstrate operational readiness.

  • Under minimal direction perform engineering duties that are broad in scope including delivering technical approach to projects. Ability to receive work stated in terms of objectives requiring project planning and judgment.

  • Assist in the improvement and development of new product development processes to enhance development of robust products while reducing time to market.

  • Ability to travel 10-20%

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Mechanical or Industrial engineering

  • A minimum 3 years relevant manufacturing engineering experience required, preferably in narrow web converting- slitting, winding, flexo printing, inkjet printing etc

  • Understanding of product development experience in either design or manufacturing engineering working within a formal stage/gate development process.

  • Knowledge and experience with Quality systems and New Product Development processes

  • Capability to read and interpret technical engineering drawings and Bills of Materials.

  • Ability to work independently, identify appropriate tasks relative to responsibility and execute

  • Experience analyzing process capability and developing and implementing product development plans and process improvement plans.

  • Good verbal, written communication skills

  • Ability to work with other individuals and as part of a team

  • Strong project and task management skills including the ability to plan, prioritize, organize, gather facts, prepare schedules, document procedures and process and exercise sound judgment in decision making.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience developing PFMEAs and control plans to identify, mitigate and manage production based risks.

  • Experience with manufacturing process development utilizing error proofing to mitigate process risk.

  • Hands-on capabilities with good knowledge of hand tools and assembly techniques

  • Experience implementing lean principles in manufacturing and transactional processes, and ensuring quality systems and standards in all processes and activities.

  • Working knowledge of manufacturing techniques including Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing

  • Capability to apply advanced engineering principles and theories to increasingly complex problems, manufacturing systems and projects.

  • Possess the additional skills: business acumen, basic team facilitation, assignment flexibility, independent thinking and responsibility for execution


  • Complete insurance coverage starting on first day of employment medical, dental, vision, life

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Bonus opportunity

  • Vacation and Holiday pay


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