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Cost Planning Specialists

The DAKO Group
Novi, Michigan, United States
January 16, 2017

Our Novi, MI client is seeking (2) Cost Planning Specialists for direct hire openings paying up to $77,000K annually.

Primary Job Function:

-Lead the Cost Planning Activity for the Engineering team. Collect, compile, present, and analyze all cost information that relates to development projects including piece cost, tooling cost, material cost, process cost, and engineering costs.

Primary Responsibilities:

-Collect, compile, and present all costs in a standard format

-Analyze costs and make reduction recommendations.

-Work with Z (PPD), Engineering Design, Purchasing, Production Engineering, each production company, and Sales to promote Cost Planning Activities.

-Use engineering principles to suggest cost reduction proposals in early development.

-Provide and track feasible Cost Planning Targets for the entire development team.


-Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field required, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.


-Greater than 4 years of relevant work experience is required.

-Experience in working and developing people and processes, working in a cross functional team environment is required.

Personal/Technical Skills:

-Strong attention to detail.

-Excellent ability to build and maintain relationships with internal, external and potential customers.

-Ability to make timely, accurate and intelligent judgments about business and financial situations.

-Knowledge of seat engineering and the process involved with complete seat construction.

-Thorough understanding and working knowledge of automotive plants and processes/principles, company products, trade terminology, manufacturing processes, tooling and equipment, and machine operation.

-College level mathematical ability (algebra/geometry/trigonometry).

-Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, percentages, commissions, proportions, margins, and mark-up.

-Excellent analytical skills.

-Excellent time management skills.

-Strong multitasking and organization skills.

-Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

-Ability to work with a dynamic and demanding team, to compile effective and concise visual reports and graphs, communicate and work well with all levels of the organization and to be adaptable, be flexible in a constantly changing environment and work in a team environment to support demanding automotive customer requirements.

Language Skills:

-Strong communication skills (written and verbal) in English required.

-Japanese, German, Portuguese, and/or Spanish preferred.


-Solid working knowledge and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office and other computer-based applications (e.g., MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Lotus Notes/Outlook, Internet, etc.).

Work Environment/Conditions:

Office: Open Office Environment

Travel: Must be willing to travel up to 25%