Job Description

Design Engineering Manager  (#9375) - Illinois
Industry: Forging

We're searching for a Design Engineering Manager.



  • Manage, coordinate and provide leadership to the design team, estimators, programmers, and Tool Room.
  • Review day-to-day departmental workflow to ensure efficient and timely completion of quotes and new tools.
  • Manage the design, sinking, and sampling of new tools to ensure accuracy on first sample run, customer specifications, and optimal use of material.
  • Utilizing the latest technology and training employees on all equipment and software.
  • Provide timely information on new job lead time for samples and keep Operations advised of pending sampling requirements.
  • Track tooling die life and investigate ways to extend die life.
  • Review existing tools for potential cost savings through forge process and material utilization.
  • Timely delivery of all production “on time” tools.
  • Improve cycle time and throughput of Tool Room.
  • Evaluate and use the best technology available for designing and milling dies.
  • Ensure design capability, quote time, samples and feedback all exceed customer expectations.
  • Ensure on-time delivery and quality objectives are met and timely corrective action when goals are not achieved.
  • Analyze idle tooling inventories and recommend appropriate action.
  • Manage Tool Room continuous improvement efforts and develop methods to increase spindle uptime and throughput of the mills.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with the design and tool making area to foster the free flow of ideas and a willingness to continually improve.
  • Provides exceptional internal customer service.



  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering and/or work experience indicating a progression of continual advancement from hands-on tool making into computerized design utilizing SolidWorks.
  • Minimum of 15+ years of tool design in the aluminum forging industry.
  • An understanding of the financial impact that successfully designed tools, accurate estimates, sample time, and Tool Room throughput can have on the business.
  • Experience working with large OE’s requirements and time/cost constraints.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, internet, MRP systems, and other resources.
  • An understanding of the manufacturability of designs within the production floor capabilities.
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