Program Manager- Oakland County

Job Description: 

The primary function is to lead and manage the cross-functional APQP and launch team. The position will manage multiple programs by ensuring the on-time-delivery of all APQP, launch and financial performance aspects associated with the project.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities
Overall APQP and launch responsibility, as well as “Program Profit & Loss (P&L) accountability”. The company is looking for a program manager that can transition from a timing driven organization to a financial performance driven organization. Main conduit between manufacturing plants, the head quarter and the customer in regards to APQP, launch, and delivery activities. On-site at manufacturing location, as needed, to ensure APQP and launch coordination.
Define, generate and manage all component and sub-system timing and roll-up timing for all plants, including components, suppliers and customer milestones
Lead cross-functional APQP meetings, including internal and external (customer and suppliers) teams
Manage and track open issues as they affect the APQP process, milestones, and deliverables
Ensure “On-Time-Delivery” (OTD) and “In-Cost” (IC) of all key APQP elements, define recovery plan for late items or elements “outside of defined cost targets”, and use appropriate escalation process
Provide Voice of Manufacturing to customer by leading all “Program Reviews” as defined by APQP
Generate and present “Program Reviews” to Executive Management (according to standard format)
Transition from a timing driven organization to a financial performance driven organization
Provide Business input to all associated program Change requests - CRs (approve/reject authority) until 90 days post SOP.
Manage the OTD of prototype parts. Work with manufacturing plants to define prototype strategy.
Manage the OTD of all material supply chain, capital equipment and tooling for product launch, including Process Sign-Off, PTR, and PPAP submission
Manage the execution of the Safe-Launch including manage/resolve any production delivery concerns
Lead program(s) post-SOP change management, including manage and track open issues. Drive open issues to closure through tracking, delegation, and escalation as needed.
This only applies to “Complex changes” according to our definition (changes that require new tools or new equipment and hence generate a significant financial impact), vs. small changes managed by the PPM – Plant Program Management group.
Provide timing on all process and/or design changes; present to customer as needed
Education and/or Experience (minimum required for the position)
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Business (B. S.) from four-year college or university and a minimum of 5 years job experience directly related to foundation brake and/or friction material engineering at a company which supplies the passenger car and light truck market or at a vehicle manufacturer is required. Familiarity with the customer brake system development process is necessary.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
In order to manage programs successfully, apply leadership skills such as “Direction / Decision making / Team motivation / Communication / Role model for process adherence”.
Ability to use conventional e-mail and engineering office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point to communicate engineering concepts, etc.) and MS Project timing chart software.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to represent interests in the customer’s environment while maintaining a cooperative relationship with the customer.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Jackie Nabat, CPC, MBA
Executive VP, Executive & Technical Recruitment
(586) 772-6452