Global Leader Development Program Associate - Body Shop

BMW North America - Spartanburg, SC (30+ days ago)4.0

To develop Body Shop Controls Engineering talent for Plant Spartanburg and BMW Group, Associate rotates through four assignments in various parts of the company to include two international assignments; one is at BMW Headquarters in Munich. Rotations are chosen based on business need and may include open jobs as well as project responsibility. The Controls Engineers perform the following: design standards and specifications related to controls systems, plan and implement improvements within Body Shop related to the specific controls system; participate in cross-functional project teams supporting activities related to controls issues, provide technical support related to controls systems during the introduction of new models and to resolve controls related issues.


Global Leader Development Program Associates (GLDP) gain insight into business processes, strategy, culture, and the BMW Group brands from both a local and global perspective. Establishes an international network, and works on strategic and operational projects in three different countries providing a solid basis for a successful international career at the BMW Group. Rotations include the following time frame: 5 months in Plant Spartanburg, 3 months in BMW Headquarters in Munich, 5 months in Plant Spartanburg and last 3 months in a second international BMW location. Secondary mandatory elements of the program include short-term operational placements such as: global HQ, production environment, warehouse and distribution centers, and various other business units of the BMW Group. Adheres to all applicable BMW policies, processes, and instructions, and acts in accordance the BMW Leadership Competencies and the Principles outlined in the Number ONE strategy. Follows direction and guidance provided by Assignment Supervisor, GLDP Program Manager, as well as the individual s mentor. Performs all duties outlined in the Assignment Objectives for each rotation. Works self-directed to carry out assigned project responsibilities and meets all deliverables within designated deadlines. Meets performance targets, goals, scorecard metrics defined in the Assignment Objectives; provides immediate notice to Assignment Supervisor if targets and/or agreements cannot be met. Completes each rotation's technical & process skills training plan (BMW specific systems and processes) as outlined in the Assignment Objectives. Completes the GLDP training curriculum within designated deadlines. Establishes and completes learning and development actions per the Individual Development Plan. Participates in all GLDP assigned meetings - Round Tables, meetings with Mentor and GLDP Program Manager, executive lunch presentations, Lunch and Learns,and other applicable meetings. Provides immediate feedback or escalation to Assignment Supervisor and/or GLDP Program Manager regarding any issues, concerns, conflicts. Establishes working networks with peers and management associates to ensure assignment effectiveness and to support career development goal, also considering the support from the assigned mentor. Must be able to work all shifts. Performs other duties as assigned by management.

  • BA/BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or a related discipline from an accredited university; OR MA/MBA Degree in Business.
  • At least 6 months of relevant (e.g. post graduate, formal internship,
    etc.) working experience in engineering, manufacturing, computer/equipment programming, or project management.
  • At least 4 months of relevant experience abroad (internships, work,
    training, study, etc).
  • Knowledge of PLCs, Fieldbus, and Robotics technologies (preferred).
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a university, community, or work
  • Ability to communicate in a foreign language (preferably German).
  • Strong interpersonal & communications skills.
  • Understanding of business strategies & concepts.
  • Analytical approach to problem solving.
  • High degree of flexibility, initiative and self motivation.
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 40%, including international locations and assignments.
  • Must be able to work all shifts to meet business needs.

BMW Manufacturing Company is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of BMW MC to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all qualified persons regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.