Breakpoint Manager

Operations Cape Town, South Africa


Position at Autocar, LLC

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Summary of role

Management of Obsolescence due to engineering changes

Manage release effectivity dates for the following:

1.CRITICAL:  Line Stops, Field Issues

2.RUNNING CHANGES:  Projects, Cost Savings, Product Improvements

3.CUSTOMER DRIVEN:  Option specific implementation

Single Point of contact for Change Management timelines.

Opens bottlenecks and improves throughput of Change Management Process.

Scope of Responsibilities

Receive and understand engineering changes.

Analyze Engineering Changes (ECOs) for understanding and plant impact.

Manage engineering change implementation in Team Center, QAD, and Workflow Portal.

Host the local engineering change meeting on a weekly basis with all required departments; with cross-functional team members (as required).

Interface with cross functional groups to properly implement engineering changes.

Work with project team, plant, planning, and customer to develop and / or maintain engineering change timeline.

Communicate with suppliers, engineers, buyers and others on status of engineering changes and help move change along.

Review daily reports of pending change breakpoints & address discrepancies/concerns.

Maintain engineering change forecast to track changes and communicate to launch team.

Manage and track engineering change work orders for current production and launch related activities. (Retranslations and Split Orders).

Manage engineering changes to minimize/prevent Obsolete inventory.

Maintain and publish breakpoint summaries.

Maintain engineering change tracker file that identifies the B/P dates of changes (We should change this to Teamcenter and QAD.  We have created the functionality for these dates in both systems).

Work with offsite locations to implement engineering changes.

Participate in weekly department engineering change review meetings including weekly launch meetings (as required).

Various duties and special projects as required.



High level of oral and written communication skills.

High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others.

High level of analytical ability where problems are somewhat complex.

High level of computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel.

College graduate or equivalent training.

Experience using TC, QAD, or other material inventory systems.

Supply Chain or Production Control experience


Autocar Systems Experience; Team Center (TC), Workflow Portal, and QAD

Knowledge of continuous improvement processes.

Knowledge of Microsoft Excel & Microsoft Word


College Degree or equivalent experience.



Where will you work? The Breakaway Manager can be based in Hagerstown, Indiana or Birmingham, Alabama.


What do we offer in benefits? We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, 401K plan, etc.