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Work at the forefront of automotive innovation with ZF,
one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Program Manager

Location: 

Gray Court, SC, US, 29645

Req ID 14203
   

The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring the successful progression of customer products from initial conception to product launch for customers within the specified transmissions program. This position is in charge of managing the Product Evolution Process and/or localization process for transmission application projects within the assigned program(s) from concept through production as assigned by product line.  


Responsibilities

  • Lead and manages projects up to Cat ZF which have significantly new content for the manufacturing plant and the customer and significant investment requirement in addition to rank 1, 2, 3, and model year changes.  
  • Initiate and lead the project core team with members from all relevant departments and identifies all project relevant needs, resources or constraints with the core team.
  • Report project status and escalate relevant issues to management or Steering Committee as needed.
  • Lead negotiations for creating product specifications with customer representatives and ZF functional managers in case specifications differ from the lead project.
  • Create the gate release reports and oversee serial production release(s) for the projects.
  • Manage and oversee all other program management activities to support internal and external customers.
  • Serve as primary contact/liaison to customer; identify information/data and resources needed by customer and ensure timely transfer of such information between appropriate ZF department/team and the customer.
  • Create the master project plan based on the core teams input and identify timing issues based on the customers’ project plans.
  • Work with ZF engineering teams (design, test, controls and resident) and global R&D, in addition to other departments such as purchasing, quality, and sales, in order to support business development, capacity, and continuity (core team as defined for the specific project).
  • Manage and facilitate teams in a crisis mode with current and/or future production issues.
  • Oversee the project budget; follow-up on project targets surrounding quality, timing, cost, and resources.
  • Facilitate/conduct the program meetings regularly in conjunction with engineers, support staff, and managers, and discuss updates on assigned tasks and project/program targets and milestones.  
  • Support the change management process with respect to cost analysis and engineering change implications (i.e. quotations, validations, timing, communications to affected departments/groups, etc.)

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Economics or related field 10 + years of experience within a product development and/or powertrain manufacturing environment with automotive experience.
  • 3 + years of experience with project leadership in one or more of the following areas: product engineering, resident engineering, manufacturing engineering, design engineering, and/or customer quality engineering
  • 6 + years of experience as a project team member
  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship now or in the future
  • Deep knowledge of the structural, procedural, and technical facets of an automatic transmissions development project
  • Knowledge of 5S and Six Sigma problem-solving methodology
  • Proven organizational and project management abilities
  • Proven leadership ability and experience with coaching, mentoring, motivation, and conflict management
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to influence and engage at multiple levels within internal and external organizations

 

Be part of our ZF team as Program Manager and apply now!

 

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ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


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