Textile Engineer

Reference Number: rbbengtext
Location: Madison, WI

Company Summary: 

Want to work for an established company, where there is opportunity for upward mobility, friendly work environment, and make a positive impact?  A manufacturing company in Madison, WI is looking to add a very qualified Product Engineer II to assist the team complete new projects.  This is a great opportunity to work for an industry leading company.

 

 

Qualified Candidates Should Have:       

  • Sewing and product construction of custom window treatments
  • Experience with production lines and direct experience with manufacturing process.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Textiles, Technical Design or Engineering.
  • Experience in quality, specifications in woven fabric including finishes and fibers.
  • Experience working with fabric suppliers, custom workrooms and on-site manufacturing visits.
  • Project management experience – results oriented.
  • Experience with quality control protocol, data collection and control plans.
  • Proficient using MS office suite of tools.
  • Experience with formal documentation systems

 

External Description:    

  • This is successfully accomplished by understanding, accurately specifying, and adhering to customer requirements, utilizing and applying quality tools and methods and pursuing continuous improvement and value analysis in all aspects of textile product and process design.
  • This position is considered to be the internal subject matter expert and authority on textile related matters for the division and related suppliers providing direction and oversight.
  • Responsible for creating, supporting, validating, and developing new and innovative product/process designs, improving existing products/processes, and optimizing value and cost related to textiles.
  • These efforts will have a direct impact on reducing labor and material costs, while improving value, reliability, and performance.
  • The associate will plan and manage process and product related design and validation activities.

 

JOB DUTIES:

Product and Process Specifications – 25%

  • Determine the optimum process routing for all products, producing the highest quality levels at the lowest cost.
  • Establish and maintain process specifications for all fabric products to produce the highest level of quality throughout the entire manufacturing / fabrication / assembly process.
  • Develop written procedures in the form of Standard Practice Instructions to specifically describe how to perform a required task and steps and tools necessary to complete that task.
  • Establish procedures and systems to prevent the production of off-quality products
  • Establish approval systems as a means of controlling process conditions, fabric routings, standard practices, and documentation of completed work assignments.
  • Provide the cost accounting department and the industrial engineering department with necessary information to determine product costs and departmental cost standards.

 

Problem Solving and Quality Improvement – 25%

  • Communicate how well process specifications are being followed, the capability of controlling process variables, and the maintenance condition of the equipment.
  • Identify and investigate supply chain cost savings initiatives, engineer and specify textile fabrics and fabric processes to meet product, quality and manufacturing requirements
  • Maintain an effective audit program for feedback to production managers, engineering, and quality assurance.
  • Provide technical service to all departments to resolve quality related problems.
  • Assist in the training and education of hourly, supervisory and management associates as required.
  • Work with current suppliers to develop and improve existing products and processes, striving to reduce cost and waste.
  • Develop and maintain process control testing procedures for work-in-process to eliminate any off-quality performance.

 

New Product Introduction – 40%

  • Work with product development engineers to determine the optimum process routing and conditions for sample new products.
  • Assist product development engineers in monitoring the quality and "runability" of samples in each production department.
  • Work with facilities planning to define plant space needs concerning equipment and it's functionality.
  • Conduct plant evaluations of new equipment to determine performance levels in the areas of quality, safety, maintenance and cost.
  • Prior to starting up a newly installed piece of equipment, work with manufacturing engineering, provide a safety inspection, and provide preliminary operating conditions to the production area.
  • Research new product and process capabilities, investigate feasibility and integration, and report to product management for consideration into platform business plans.
  • Work with suppliers in developing and improving new products and processes while reducing costs.
  • Coordinate trials and evaluations of new products to ensure run ability, quality, and performance. Document results.

 

Administration and Other – 10%

  • Direct and lead other team members, providing performance feedback and development opportunities within the department.
  • Establish expectations that align to departmental and business objectives and ensure results by holding team members accountable for deliverables.
  • Document in writing all projects, studies, and work assignments and their outcomes to provide accurate and complete information for future reference.
  • Stay abreast of all current and new technology in continuous fabric processing. Review trade magazines and periodicals, attend technical conferences, and meet with supplier technical reps.
  • Continuously work toward automating manufacturing processes and monitoring results through automation.
  • As required, maintain records in an orderly fashion and analyze production and/or quality data as appropriate. Provide regular reports to stakeholders as appropriate.

 

Benefits:

  • 401K matching
  • Health Care
  • PTO
  • Federal Holidays