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Launch Leader (New Models)

Apply now Job no: 503310
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Gaydon, Warwickshire
Categories: Manufacturing

Aston Martin is built upon the passion, skill and creativity of the people who dedicate their working lives to the most iconic brand in the world. Every intricate stitch beautifully expressed line, and the stirring noise of our engines is a manifestation of the desire and collective spirit to create the most beautiful cars: the soul of Aston Martin made real.

Job Purpose:

To co-ordinate robust planning and delivery of New Model Launch programmes through close co-operation with the NML Manager and Programme teams.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Programme Management

  • To create and follow the New Model Launch Master Plan for new vehicle programmes
  • Represent Launch in Gateways and feedback status from Programme kick off through the development phases, pre-production stages, Job#1 and on to handover.
  • Lead concern wash-ups and support PST for new model programmes
  • Present the programme launch status at start-ups, PST’s, Gateways and Launch Control meetings
  • Maintain the programme visual controls, 12 panel charts etc to visualise programme status

Build planning and facilitation

  • Create and maintain Launch day-by-day build and overview plan for associated programmes ensuring consistency and agreement with PD, Programme, Quality, L&C, Marketing, Production etc
  • Support the NML Manager, working with Programme Office, Quality, Production, PD, Man Eng etc in planning pre-production build phases for programmes ensuring that build phases, resource requirements and launch ramp-up profiles are achievable and meet the defined launch targets.
  • Lead associated programme pre-production builds using Launch Processes, including parts layout and sign off.
  • Facilitate remaining deliverables to ensure the pre-production phases are successful (BOM activity, equipment & tooling, logistics methods etc) for both line and pilot builds.
  • Drive and support Job#1 timing.
  • Support other Launch activities as required

Concern Management

  • Drive the identification, containment and resolution of concerns found during build phases.
  • Manage the containments through the pre-production builds and into Job#1, using containment trackers, concern board etc to promote and protect vehicle quality
  • Responsible for non-PD eCMS concern status, driving to completion  by next build phase and at Job 1+90 handover
  • Lead cross functional teams to resolve issues through the pre-launch build phases.
  • Set-up, monitor and where appropriate lead sub system cross functional teams.

Launch development and standardisation

  • Support the Launch Manager in the development and standardisation of the Launch process through the creation and implementation of WIS
  • Work towards meeting the standard scorecard metrics and drive departmental improvement through best practice.


Qualification & Experience:

  • Engineering degree or equivalent qualification
  • Programme or project management experience
  • Automotive experience
  • Launch experience
  • Broad Engineering and manufacturing knowledge
  • Finance awareness
  • Understanding of systems and controls

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