Agilent Technologies, Inc. Senior Cost Estimating Engineer (Mechanical) in Bayan Lepas, Malaysia


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Predictive Cost Modeling (PCM) team is part of Agilent Global Procurement Organization. This team is set up as the gateway between Agilent and the supply markets. PTC simulate part/component/subassembly manufacturing processes to know "should cost" thus to support price negotiations with suppliers and recommendation. PCM evaluate NPI part cost/manufacturability for DFX support and meeting design target cost for Agilent globally.

  • Determine cost estimate targets during the design and development process, recommending cost effective solutions

  • Gather proposals, specifications and related documents and liaise with stakeholders in order to convert specifications to cost estimates for new and current products

  • Utilise cost methodologies and tools and appropriate software models and packages to prepare and maintain reliable and accurate data

  • Establish cost estimates of production processes and tooling costs and review alternatives or put forward recommendations for improvement

  • Assess cost effectiveness of products and track actual costs relative to budget and report status on a regular basis to ensure costs are in line with forecasts

  • Investigate and identify cost reduction opportunities through cost analysis review

  • Contribute to cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures and monitor trends

  • Prepare supply market data collection to support software calibration

  • Support all activities in cost estimating and take a proactive approach towards improvements

  • NPI DFX support: leverage PCM tool to assess NPI parts in terms of manufacturability and cost, then provide design feedback for NPI design optimization

  • Understand Agilent Technical requirements for mechanical parts: study drawings and specifications for top spend parts to understand Agilent technical requirements in cost modeling.

  • Liaise with stakeholders and support management decisions by providing appropriate cost information and data

  • Analyse supplier quotes and provide information and data, which aids communications with suppliers and customers and achieves cost optimisation.

  • Ensure supplier quotations meet ‘should cost’ estimates

  • Bachelor Degree or above, minimum of 5 years' experience in MFG engineering, procurement engineering or R&D;

  • Experience in developing manufacturing processes (production steps and working instructions), can estimate cycle time for each production step and labour time for manual processes. Quotation engineer experience is desired.

  • Experience in CAM software for manufacturing process simulation and adjustment, able to optimize manufacturing process parameters for being more cost-effective while meeting customer requirements;

  • Experience in CNC programming and code debugging is a plus;

  • Experience and knowledge about machinery, equipment, cutting tools and jigs;

  • Mechanical engineering background with a good understanding of technical requirements (drawings and specifications, quick learner for new products/technologies and related manufacturing technologies plus applications);

  • Knowledge about manufacturing technologies and processes for mechanical products (like machining, sheet metal, plastics, optical components), plus secondary processes like plating, coating, heat treatment, etc.

  • Understanding of variable manufacturing processes and ability to evaluate and analyse associated costs

  • Knowledge about different raw materials (stainless steel, aluminum, plastics, glass or ceramics, etc.)

  • Basic software programming skills (like VB language), and can do software programming in the cost modeling software

  • Experience in using cost modelling software or cost management tools is preferred

  • Good interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills

  • Results orientated and organised with the ability to deliver against deadlines

  • SAP knowledge and experience is an added advantage

Agilent is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 26/Jun/17

Requisition: 2072331

Job Title: Senior Cost Estimating Engineer (Mechanical)

Business: Agilent OF & Supply Chain

Job Category: Manufacturing

Job Sub-Category: Manufacturing Engineering

Region: Asia Pacific

Country or Area: Malaysia

State/Province: Pulau Pinang

Town/City: Bayan Lepas

Shift: Day Job

Job Type: Experienced

Schedule: Full-time

Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

Duration (Temp Positions Only): Not applicable

HR Country Location: Malaysia

HR Town/City Location: Bayan Lepas