ZF TRW Lab / Operations Manager in Livonia, Michigan

Req ID 28692BR

Job Title Lab / Operations Manager

Business Unit Engineering - Braking

Job Description Within the Product Engineering Braking Business Unit, Customer Application & System Engineering Department, Central Laboratory Group, responsibilities for the position include:

  • Work with key stakeholders (i.e. Development team, Engineering project managers, etc) to understand work demands and by doing that be able to forecast resources. The manager needs to be able to understand estimate resources based on project forecast, monitor timebooking, and proactively balance resources among different areas of their responsibility

  • The manager needs to be able to use overtime when necessary. Able to understand the work demand and balance resources to optimize throughput and minimize labor cost.

  • Monitor and maintain Competence Matrix to ensure employees are developing new skills necessary to support work demand.

  • Ensure TS16949 requirements are met.

  • Ensure compliance to HS&E requirements. Proper organization and cleanliness of lab areas. Understanding of 5S methodology is a plus.

  • Monitor, control and improve backlogs, test throughput, first time yield, downtime and machine utilization. Understanding of Lean Manufacturing methodology is a plus.

  • Ensure proper hiring of personnel.

  • Ensure financial expenses are within annual budget.

  • Ensure CAPEX projects are delivered on time.

  • Have a proactive attitude of continuous improvement using regular metrics of performance data to monitor and improve performance of the lab.


Minimum of 10 years of experience in a production or laboratory setting and previous supervisory or managerial experience. Six Sigma Black Belt/Green Belt certification preferred.   


Bachelor's Degree

Position Status Salaried Full-Time

Diversity Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

City Livonia

State Michigan

Country United States