Manufacturing Engineer
Gibson Brands Inc.
Nashville, TN

About $77,000 - $100,000 a year

EducationSkills
Evaluates and develops manufacturing processes of plant operations in order to improve on efficiencies and reduce cost. Important to this role is applying knowledge of process design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; collaborating with cross-functional team members, equipment vendors and operators.

GIBSON

Gibson Brands, Inc. (“Gibson” or the “company”), the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Orville Gibson founded the company in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Gibson has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. Our portfolio of brands includes Gibson as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, and others; we also own Gibson Pro Audio with brands such as KRK and Cerwin-Vega. Many Gibson instruments are highly collectible since Gibson was at the forefront of innovation for many genres of music including big band, rock-n-roll, and blues. Gibson operates via a central headquarters based in Nashville, TN, supporting five manufacturing facilities as well as four regionally-based support centers that enable the sales, marketing, and distribution activities in each of four different worldwide regions.

OVERALL JOB PURPOSE

Evaluates and develops manufacturing processes of plant operations in order to improve on efficiencies and reduce cost. Important to this role is applying knowledge of process design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; collaborating with cross-functional team members, equipment vendors and operators.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Implements and develops complex improvements to manufacturing process, equipment, production design, tool or machines and methods to ensure maximum manufacturing capability
Investigates various options and develops required layouts for new and current process methods or production areas to maximize manufacturing
Solicits, analyzes and negotiates quotes on capital equipment to ensure cost effectiveness
Stay attuned to latest technology and its applications within the business
Participates in the quoting process for new or current business, providing necessary manufacturing documentation
Establishes material flow analysis to propose, procure and install material handling equipment and systems that support manufacturing
Independently evaluates and initiates cost reduction projects to improve manufacturing processes using business-minded judgement
Independently evaluates feasibility or cost reduction studies making recommendations that support manufacturing and profitability
Develops and maintains plant and equipment spare parts, drawings, schematics, software, programs, etc.
PERSON SPECIFICATION
Required Education/Experience
B.Sc. degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Engineering
4+ years of experience (manufacturing environment is a requirement)
Implementation of capital projects (from scoping to execution) of > $1M
Experience implementing robotic solutions
Technical Skills/Knowledge
Computer aided design (CAD) software (Catia, Creo, Solidworks, ProE, etc)
Experience working in and deploying Lean Manufacturing concepts
MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
PLM Software
DFM/DFA experience a plus
Personal Qualities
Critical Thinking; using logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions
Results oriented and data-driven, with a track record for delivering to plan under clear time constraints
Flexibility to adapt quickly to changing circumstances
Able to proactively question and challenge to prioritize and identify solutions in a timely manner
Active Learning; Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
Active Listening; Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate
Ability to work independently to solve issues
Travel

Periodic travel to and between the company’s manufacturing locations may be required (5-10%).

Nota Bene:
The company’s Job Descriptions are not intended to be a complete detailed account of all expected/anticipated activities. We operate in a fast-moving and competitive global environment and therefore need employees to be flexible.