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

 1.      General

    1. Superior:  Sales & Program Director
    2. Location: Novi, MI
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 2.      Main Objectives: Responsible for projects towards defined customer and/or product group 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.

 3.      Area of Responsibility

  • Responsible for the management of a program (product) and/or customer base from strategic target to running production, while achieving a flawless launch, based on KA’s Management System and QA routines, respecting customer requirements, observing public laws, directives, provisions and concessions with regard to health, environment and safety.
  • Overview and control of economy (budget, turnover, contribution, etc) of the business aligned with timing, with periodic appropriate reports to the STC / Customer, ensuring documentation are created, maintained and updated via PLM.

 4.    Personal Tasks

  • 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 project teams, and CFT 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) along with the plant as needed.
  • 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 POI, KBD-NPI, and PIP planning according to customer expectations
  • Actively report to Direct Manager 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.

 5.        Main Challenges

  • Deal with different personal levels and cultures within KA and at customer side.
  • Leadership, interpersonal skills, personal drive and confidence to lead and work with cross functional teams to earn trust and team support to meet program objectives.

 6.        Important External Contacts

  • Develop right relationship with right customer key contacts to ensure proper communication during the program development.

 7.        Competence profile (ideal)

  • Education: BS or BA degree with a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience as a program manager in automotive industry or equivalent. PMP certification is a must.
    • Knowledge and experience of PM processes. Experience in production, quality, purchasing, marketing and/or product/process development is desirable.
    • Leadership, interpersonal skills, personal drive and confidence lead and work with cross functional teams to earn trust and team support to meet program objectives.
    • A high degree of personal integrity and confidence.
    • Ability to make quick decisions based on a combination of experience as well as advice from other people.
    • Ability to think clearly and react effectively under pressure while remaining focused on key objectives and strategies.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to lead and work within cross functional teams, also on a global basis with other KA sites and groups on aligned projects
    • SAP and Microsoft Project / Office Project Suite.

 8.        Authority

Region: Québec
Application deadline: 30/04/2018
Location: Shawinigan
Contacts: Caroline Brouillette
Telephone: +1 819-533-3201