Program Manager

North American Lighting - Farmington Hills, MI (30+ days ago)3.6

Provides leadership and direction to the launch teams and the staff of all support groups in setting and achieving program objectives for timing, cost, manufacturability, quality, localization, and customer satisfaction for the development and launch of new automotive lighting products.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Performs in the lead role — the focal point — for product development and launch for both the customer and NAL on new automotive lighting programs
Leads Core Team activities, including: planning new program launch; creating project schedules with key milestones; defining each functional area’s deliverables; communicating plans, schedules, and changes; and generating consensus from the team
Understands all customer requirements for the project, communicates them to the team, and ensures that the team meets or exceeds them.
Ensures adherence to project plan and schedule by conducting core team meetings, generating follow-up documents, managing open issues, facilitating team member’s jobs, and soliciting management support in overcoming problems
Budgets, tracks, and, controls all project costs in real time, ensuring that all chargeable costs are assigned to the customer, and obtaining management approval for all cost overruns
Authorizes and controls changes in the program affecting the agreed to targets and/or objectives
For projects developed by Koito, ensures smooth transition to NAL by tracking and controlling pre- SOP localization progress, and serving as the main contact for communication with Koito
Performs other duties as assigned


Bachelor Degree in Engineering or related technical discipline
Masters Degree in Engineering or MBA is preferred
6 to 8 years of experience in program management, design, product development, sales, quality, engineering, and/or manufacturing within the automotive industry (experience in exterior automotive lighting is preferred)
Strong knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
Organizational and planning skills
Analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to monitor several program schedules and balance multiple priorities
Computer skills using standard business software (including MS Office programs)
Written and verbal communications and presentation skills
Interpersonal skills — to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.