Tooling Manager

Leading automotive supplier of fastening systems is looking for a Tooling Manager at their facility in Oakland County, MI.  This position will have responsibility for all phases of plastic tool engineering by participating in a multi-disciplinary project team to achieve the customer’s needs in product and timing.  Must have the ability to perform all tool-engineering functions internally and with tool suppliers.  Works to continually improve communication and procedures to eliminate errors and streamline the tool engineering and mold build activity.


  • Analyze supplier tooling estimates and coordinate the purchase of plastic injection molds and related tools / gages.
  • Effectively lead a tooling engineering group to meet tool requirements for safety, quality, functionality, and manufacturability as well as the program requirements for cost and schedule.
  • Manage or provide input including cost estimates for technical proposals.
  • Oversee capital project budgets and schedule assigned to Tooling Engineering.
  • Set role and performance expectations, and provide ongoing feedback and performance appraisals.
  • Coordinate the tool build schedule for prototype and / or production tooling to meet customer’s requirements and report to the APQP team.
  • Track progress of prototype and production tooling with tooling sources and report to the APQP team.
  • Follow and track all mold sample tryouts for production or prototype tools.
  • Assist in the quoting process for new prototype and production tooling.


  • A Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering or manufacturing related field and a minimum of ten (10) years tooling related experience in the plastic injection molding field; OR a minimum of fifteen (15) years direct related tooling/mold building experience in the plastic injection molding field and including a minimum of five (5) years supervision/ management role experience in tooling/manufacturing.
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Ability to travel locally and abroad as needed.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills.
  • Good understanding and use of 3-D – Solid Works preferably.
  • Must be proficient using 2-D data for tooling launches and part layouts.
  • Complete knowledge of working with dimensional reports for tooling adjustments / CPK.
  • Must be able to work with little or no supervision.
  • Must have good communication and technical presentation skills.
  • Drive timely and clearly communicated decisions and recommendations.
  • Injection molding processing skills / knowledge.
  • Injection mold tool design skills / knowledge.
  • Insert injection mold skills / knowledge a plus.

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