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Launch Manager in Toledo, Ohio at JAC Products, Inc.

Date Posted: 10/1/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    620 Independence Drive
    Toledo, Ohio
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  • Experience:
    Not Specified
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Job Description


 JAC Products is a leading designer and manufacturer of original equipment roof racks and other auto body trim, supplying vehicles worldwide. JAC is the acknowledged leader in automotive exterior functional components, industrial and structural extrusions and assemblies, and a broad range of standard and custom extrusions.

With support from the City of Napoleon, JAC Products is opening a new facility in Napoleon, Ohio, and has an open position for a Launch Manager – this employee will assure the successful “start of production” of new programs and engineering changes by effectively leading plant resources (staff) and effective project management. 



  • Shall adhere to all safety, health and environmental procedures, policies and practices, and ensures that all equipment is in safe operating condition and meets or exceeds OSHA Standards.

  • Comply with all QMS / EMS procedures and work instructions as it pertains to the position description.



  1. Establish project plans, deliverables, milestones and team member responsibilities for new projects to ensure the timely, cost-effective execution of the JPDS (JAC Products Development Plan) for all assigned projects.

  2. Monitor the performance of team members. Provide coaching, guidance and feedback to assure that key milestones are met and that the work product meets appropriate standards.

  3. Maintains program timelines and open issue matrix for the facility. Take corrective action as necessary to address issues. Escalate as necessary.

  4. Keep Corporate Program Managers, Business Unit Leaders, and Plant Management updated regarding progress, issues, or corrective actions relating to assigned projects. Supports the APQP process by participating in both the plant and corporate APQP activities. (Approve line layouts, TCT, B.O.M., PFMEA, CP, and PFD.)

  5. Coordinates in plant prototype submissions builds.

  6. Monitor and direct the manufacturing B.O.M. release to Plants.

  7. Responsible for all machinery associated with the product launch is working as designed, in place, and capable of producing at required TAKT Time to meet production requirements.

  8. Ensure that all production staff assigned to new program launches are trained and capable of executing the production of the assigned new product.

  9. Performs all other functions as required; included are any work assignments relating to the efficient flow of work within JAC Products Inc.

Job Requirements


  • Maintain a team-oriented working environment that allows for individual differences and provide for individual growth.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policies and procedure manuals and operating instructions.

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

  • Basic computer skills, including P.C. knowledge and current technology software.

  • Problem solving capabilities – both mechanical and numerical.

  • Strong knowledge of injection molding machinery, including secondary equipment

  • Knowledge of resins, equipment, tooling processes and quality requirements.

  • Ability to read blueprints, understand tolerances and stack up conditions.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and set staff priorities.

  • Knowledge of customer launch requirements and PPAP procedures.

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Concepts and Principles:  Toyota Production System.

  • Strong organizational and management skills.

  • Excellent Communication skills (verbal and written).

  • This position works with minimal supervision and concerns itself with confidential company documents.


  • Associates or Bachelor Degree in Related Field required

  • Two (2) to Five (5) years of Manufacturing Engineering experience with injection molding, aluminum extrusion, roll form, and/or fabrication experience in the automotive environment.


    Physical Requirements / work environment:

The physical demands/work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to frequently walk or stand for long periods of time.

  • Ability to regularly sit for extended periods of time

  • Ability to regularly lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds, frequently lift and /or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds, and occasionally lift up to fifty (50) pounds.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to repetitive motion, bending, lifting, twisting, crouching k reaching, pushing and /or pulling.

  • While performing the job functions of this position, the employee occasionally works near powered motor vehicles, power tools, and automated assembly fixtures.