Global Finishing Specialist

Name of Position: Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project Manager
Location: Rochester Hills, Michigan

Pangea (formerly GST AutoLeather, Inc.) is a premier global provider of leather upholstery for automotive seating and trim, and supplies many of the world’s major OEM’s, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, GM, FCA, Volkswagen, and BMW among others.


This position reports to the Global Director of Engineering

This individual is the Global Subject Matter Expert (GSME) for leather finishing. This is a hands on position focusing on leather finishing activities related Global Standardization, Training, and Problem Solving. This Position:

• Requires 50% travel
• Spends majority of working hours on the production floor and/training
• Develops an maintains strong relationship with:
• Finishing product development (OD) team
• Technical leaders in all finishing operations locations
• Finishing managers in all finishing operations locations
• Machine suppliers
• Material suppliers (chemicals)
• Supports all global new product development by assisting the Finishing PD team
• Must be able to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects to target closures.  Self-driven
• Creates, documents, and trains Global Best Practices for all activities
• Establishes Global Standards for production equipment
• Implements and maintains sustainable solutions
• Works closely with retan teams, and understands the interaction of retan to finishing
• Works closely with cutting teams, and understands the interaction of finishing to cutting
• Work closely with laboratory chemists on innovative ideas and solutions
• Identifies and communicates improvement projects to machine suppliers and internal product development team
• Has regular contact with existing equipment suppliers providing direction and evaluating technologies/systems
• Research potential new suppliers and technology related to continuous improvement and innovations
• Maintains records and assists in the creation and completion of DOEs, DRBFM, and DFMEA documentation
• Assists in transfer of new technology to plants on new item scale-ups based on APQP process
• Prepares report sand follow up related to all activities, as well as periodic

• Bachelor’s degree of Science
• Coatings application experience required, strongly preferred in leather
• R&D and/or Product Development formulation experience a bonus
• Master level Color Matching experience required
• Understands specifications, haptics & other expectations for all automotive OEMs
• Systematic methodology understanding – six sigma, DRBFM, DFMEA, APQP
• Data analysis skills preferred
• Analytical and physical testing understanding and skills
• Ability to work independently an as part of the team

Servant leader
• Strong problem-solving skills
• Strong communicator
• Collaborator
• Stabilizer
• Performance focused

To apply for this position please email your resume to

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