Program Manager-OEM Business

Garmin - Olathe, KS3.9

As a leading worldwide provider of navigation devices and wearable technology, our focus is on developing, designing and supporting superior products. Our advanced technology promotes performance, safety and ease of use in every market we serve. That makes us an engineering and technology company with a keen focus on recruiting talent in those fields. But the same vertical integration business model that keeps all design and manufacturing processes in-house also gives us the incentive to hire top performers from different backgrounds, including operations, finance and accounting, information technology, sales, marketing and communications.

Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Regardless if you’re a newbie or a veteran, engineers dream it, design it and use it. Here, you will be surrounded by others who share the same passion about what they do every day. We offer a relaxed team environment (no dress code!) where advancement is found from sharing knowledge, not hiding it! While we promise you a lot of responsibility, you also will have the opportunity to have ownership over projects…oh, and we promise you there will be some fun mixed in there, too!

We are looking for a full-time Program Manager- OEM Business for our headquarters in the greater Kansas City area. In this role you will serve as cross-functional leader accountable for ensuring operational excellence and customer satisfaction in managing Garmin’s OEM business programs. You will champion operations internally and with our customers and be directly responsible for our OEM program execution.In addition to these, you will also proactively drive cross-functional, global collaboration across all organizations including but not limited to Operations, Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality, Legal, Account Management, Finance and Marketing. Other essential function include:

Utilizes advanced program management skills on complex OEM programs to ensure communication of scope, milestones, risks and decisions
Leads effective meetings to drive cross-functional, global team effort toward program success while identifying and resolving conflicts within the team and escalates to senior management as necessary
Communicates to the Executive Sponsors, Program Steering Committee and Functional Teams to ensure all parties are aware of project milestones, risks, changes and key deliverables
Organize, plan and direct program schedules, budgets and risk mitigation action
Manage the coordination and communication of changes with the customer and responsible for the flow down of contractual requirements
Develop and implement a program of continuous improvement throughout the OEM product life cycle to ensure cost, quality and customer satisfaction goals are defined and achieved
Improve the program management tools and standard processes for Garmin OEM businesses
Act as the primary point of escalation in the event of a customer or Garmin driven non-technical issue
Review new programs to ensure that business requirements and capabilities are fully communicated, documented and approved by all key stakeholders
Possess a core understanding of all programs/projects across all segments
Demonstrates a deep and working understanding of Garmin’s business operations and connectivity of departmental interdependencies
Provides reliable solutions to a wide range of difficult problems using sound problem solving techniques
Exemplifies Garmin’s Mission, Vision, Values and Quality Policy and proactively works to improve Garmin’s image and culture


Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor’s Degree in the disciplines of Engineering, Management, Operations, Supply Chain or related field from a four-year college or university. Other requirements include:

Requires a minimum of five years related program or project management experience
Demonstrated ability to lead a team to successfully execute projects of any scale or complexity
Advanced understanding of production and operations issues as they relate to program management, including the ability to successfully identify and mitigate risks
Demonstrated advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint

Candidates with the following qualifications are highly preferred!
Master’s degree in the disciplines of Engineering, Management, Operations, Supply Chain or related field
Strong working knowledge of contract terms, conditions, mechanisms, and procedures
Global program development and program management experience
For Automotive OEM programs: Experience working in an automotive environment, embedded and/or mobile products, using DOORS, CMMI or Automotive SPICE and/or experience working APQP and TS-16949 environments

Our benefits are designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life. They allow our associates to make their own decisions about their wellbeing and future and consistently rank Garmin as a top tier benefits provider when compared to other high-tech employers. We offer a choice of high value medical, dental and vision plans with low or no premiums, to fit your and your family’s preferences. In addition, Garmin’s financial benefits include a generous 401K retirement plan that provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount. Garmin offers many other benefits and perks ranging from wellbeing initiatives, educational assistance and career development, community charity support, and employee discounts just to name a few.