Kongsberg Automotive provides world class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of about EUR 1.0 billion and 10.000 employees in 18 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and has 30 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, couplings and fluid assemblies, as well as driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Program Manager Off-Highway

About Specialty Products


The Off-Highway division of Specialty Products is a highly specialized unit focused on a variety of Off-Highway end markets with various products and technologies. These markets include:

  • Construction & Forestry vehicles
  • Agricultural vehicles
  • Industrial vehicles
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Powersports vehicles, including:
    • SSVs (Side by Side vehicles)
    • ATVs (All terrain vehicles)
    • PWCs (Personal Watercrafts)
    • Snowmobiles
    • Motorcycles & Three Wheelers

The Off-Highway market offers lots of room for innovation, large degrees of freedom and significant growth potential.


Main Objectives


Responsible for projects towards defined customers and management of program deliverables from a cross functional team to achieve the agreed program goals and objectives. Following the KA Management System, Knowledge Based Development – New Product Integration (KBD-NPI) and Product Improvement Process (PIP), the Program Manager will bring products and/or systems from strategic identification to running production.


Areas of responsibility


  • Responsible for the management of programs and a customer base from strategic target to running production, while achieving a flawless launch;
  • Maintain focus on initiated projects to gain additional benefits for the business area through gaining efficiencies in program (operational, design, purchasing);
  • To ensure project documents are created, maintained and updated via PLM structure with the understanding that this is a mandatory requirement. Auditing project docs regularly;
  • Always follow KA’s Management System and QA routines;
  • Planning and co-ordination of the project deliverables;
  • Overview and control of financials (budget, turnover, contribution margin, etc.) of the business;
  • Achieving complete customer satisfaction;
  • Reporting program status to the Steering Committee (STC);
  • Establish relationships with the customers on necessary levels;
  • To observe public laws, directives, provisions and concessions with regard to health, environment and safety, and to follow agreements made with external and internal parties.




  • Be familiar with the customer requirements (general and product specific);
  • Host/attend program meetings on an as needed basis (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) with customer and internal program teams to ensure Kongsberg is meeting customer requirements;
  • Establish and follow up on the main time plan with milestones;
  • Establish and follow up the project goals;
  • Establish project rules and best practice routines;
  • Organize and prioritize time between the management of multiple projects;
  • Follow up budget and update prognoses on a monthly basis;
  • Run the projects according to KA Management System, Knowledge Based Development – New Product Integration (KBD-NPI) and Product Improvement Process (PIP);
  • Secure the quality of all changes (technical, time plan and economy), using KA’s Engineering Change Management (ECM) or Product Improvement Process (PIP) procedure;
  • To represent the Program department inside and outside the company;
  • With reference to KBD-NPI, maintain strong working relationships with all cross functional teams to affect timely responses to project needs;
  • To review project budgets ensuring that projects are delivered within 100% of budget as signed off at the start of the project, implementing recovery plans where this figure is exceeded;
  • To manage cross functional program team’s focus on all given conditions, time schedule and budgets to ensure passage of planned gates on time and in line with KBD-NPI and PIP planning;
  • Actively report to VP Programs successes, areas for improvement and programs at risk in a timely manner to ensure corrective action;
  • Actions of a Program Manager will demonstrate the values of Kongsberg: Passionate, Prepared and Accountable.


Competence Profile



  • BS or BA Degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a program manager in an automotive related industry;
  • Knowledge of automotive project management methodologies;
Region: Texas
Application deadline: 30/04/2018
Expected Start Date: ASAP
Location: Willis, TX