Sr. Resident Engineer

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton, MI, USA  





Represent YNA at the customer location and provide all the required and needed support to keep the customer protected for any eventuality with the products supplied.




Customer In-plant Issue Management

  • Monitor product quality at customer plant, including where applicable audits, repair, and on-hold vehicles
  • Initially analyze all quality/design/logistics concerns and inform proper GMBU project / Plant team member for corrective actions
  • Initiate root cause analysis process for identified quality issues using Global Quality Reporting System (GQRS)
  • Implement containment activity, i.e., rework, sorting, yard audits, Return Material Authorization (RMA)
  • Complete and submit Quality Authorized Rework (AR/ CS) packages to kick-off rework
  • Assist in production trial runs in VAP (Vehicle Assembly Plant) and report out to Program Team
  • Maintain supply of repair parts/materials needed as per contract in VAP
  • Provide assistance with repairs at the customers site as needed
  • Reconcile Customer charge back / SPPS Response / PRTS Response with customer contacts


Customer In-Plant Continuous Improvement Initiatives

  • Implement initiatives defined by Customer and GMBU team members
  • Participate in vehicle reviews, line audits, process reviews and provide a summary of the initiatives for the project team
  • Attend plant warranty/ Line Quality Improvement meetings  and presentations and arrange for appropriate GMBU personnel to report top warranty issues as required


Communication Activities

  • Attend on-site customer meetings and report on GMBU issues as required
  • Provide affiliate and project team with reject notifications
  • Notify GMBU Warranty Analyst of customer plant requests to expedite analysis of warranty parts return
  • Maintain issues tracking in GQRS for Quality and monitors issues in Business Engineering Application Management System (BEAMS) for Engineering
  • Ensure issue closure with all affected parties
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key customer personnel
  • Arrange for GMBU management support of customer meetings (e.g., monthly IQ) if required
  • Meet with Customer Engineering and Incoming Quality organization weekly/as required to set/review priorities
  • Perform and distribute results of returnable inventory verification from each of the applicable customer facilities twice per year if required by customer
  • Participate in program team meetings as appropriate
  • Relay engineering issues to the appropriate engineer and follow through resolution


Launch Support

  • Assist the launch team with supporting builds and attend customer launch issues reviews and drive issues to closure
  • Assist the launch team with reviewing product readiness


Unique to Sr. Resident Engineer

  • Provide Leadership to the Resident Engineering Group
  • Train and mentor less experienced Resident Engineers on responsibilities, processes, procedures
  • Assist in the development and monitor the implementation of training plans for Resident Engineers
  • Provide guidance and define priorities to the Resident Engineering Group during absence of Supervisor /Manager Resident Engineering
  • Provide input to the Supervisor/Manager Resident Engineering to establish Resident Engineering group initiatives & objectives
  • Participate in internal or external meetings on behalf of Supervisor/Manager Resident Engineering as needed during his absence
  • Ensure metrics according to the Metric Tracking System are accurate and published on time and assist the Supervisor/Manager Resident Engineering in identifying and implementing actions to improve metric performance
  • Review and approve quality ARs, GQRS concerns and root cause analysis for other Resident Engineers; communicate and facilitate resolution for inadequate actions from support functions
  • Provide input to Supervisor/Manager Resident Engineering for enhancement and improvement of group communications, metrics, and customer deliverables
  • Provide feedback to Resident Engineering Supervisor/Manager specific to designated Resident Engineers’ performance and customer focus




Degree Requirements:

Minimum High School with exposure to Technical subjects

Certification Requirements:


Previous Experience:

W/H Manufacturing experience preferred

Experience in automotive launch of electrical distribution systems preferred

Experience in assessment of quality issues, implementation of containment activities and root cause analysis problem solving techniques


Travel Requirements:

Foreign and domestic

On Call Requirements:


Physical Requirements:

Ability to walk/stand in assembly plant environment for extended periods of time (8hrs +)



Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.