Program Manager

Troy, MI 48098

Post Date: 04/23/2018 Job ID: EB-1454003313


Business Administration or Engineering Degree

Professional Training:

Project Management, Business Management, PM Certification a plus

Related Experience/Specialized Knowledge:

Min. 10 years experience in product and process development, ideally in the automotive industry

Additional Skills:

Team leadership, SAP knowledge, Change Management, Communication / Moderation, Dealing with international customers, Quality Management, MS Office

Essential Functions/Duties

Target Agreement

Compliance with the agreed targets together with OEMs quality, costs and deadlines using the key profit-assurance methods (eg. Risk management, FMEA, change management).

Project Coordination / Project Planning

Apply the documented standard processes for product development (Gate process, PAÜ / PAB, Project timing-schedule, RFP, LOP), detect deviations to the project schedule on time and define the necessary activities to avoid or recover delays.

Product / Project controlling

In agreed scope and agreed timings report on partial results under the Gate Process and periodic project status meetings.


Perform risk management on a regular basis (monthly) and rank risk and assign actions for mitigation. Inform and integrate the next escalation level(s) in targeted vulnerable situations

Development Technology

Compliance with defined technical standards in the development, integration of new production technologies.

Supplier Selection

Meetings of make-or-buy decisions concerning development / purchased parts / tool suppliers with buyers project and team specialists within the defined Sourcing Committees and benefits of the know-how of the supplier within the prescribed standards

Personnel Management / Development

Planning of internal and external capacity and assisting in the naming of the team members with respect to the individual potentials and skills.

If necessary feedback to the department head for the annual staff appraisals of the team members.

Financial knowledge for managing projects

Capability for updating the CTL for the each Gate Review and capability for adjusting in a monthly basis the financial parameters along the course of the project development.

Change Management

Capability to implement company’ s change management process and improve the project profitability.

Leadership on team meetings

Capability for leading and moderating team meetings so that the project tasks are closed on time.

Meeting must be efficient and effective led with proper documentation, agenda and visualization (Timing, LOPs etc)

Customer / Supplier interaction

Capacity for interacting assertively with the customer in a respectful way and at the same time achieving company’ s goals.

Presentations and reports to key stakeholders

Communicate effectively to the organization and stakeholders complex ideas as well as the project status in a simple and effective way throughout the usage of (Gate Reviews, monthly project reviews, risk assessments, etc) as needed.

Risks and opportunities management

Capability to recognize risks and opportunities for a project. Be able to implement appropriate countermeasures to mitigate the risks and take advantage of the opportunities. Steer and moderate periodic risk management meetings with core and extended team and monitor risks throughout the entire project cycle (Gate 2 – Gate 7)

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