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Program Manager in Auburn Hills, MI at Gestamp North America

Date Posted: 7/2/2018

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Job Description


Responsible for the management and reporting of all program and commercial issues for the assigned programs after award of business.  Responsibilities include the management of product development, design verification, new tool/equipment implementation, engineering change management, commercial negotiations, program financials, and providing direction for program team members.


  • Coordinates the efforts of team members to ensure that programs are conducted in accordance with the requirements of program scope.  Direct interface with the customer and responsibility to keep the customer informed on program status.

  • Establish program timing and provide direction to the program team to ensure deliverables are met to internal and external customer expectations.

  • Create program budget within the SAP system and work with Finance to create Investment Request for program funding approval.

  • Establish program team and hold kick-off meeting for newly awarded programs.

  • Set-up periodic meetings with program team and manage program open issues.

  • Forecasting, monitoring and maintaining expenditures against program budget.  This includes approval and tracking of purchase requisitions, periodic reviews with Finance, and reporting to management.

  • Report program timing, financial status, and top level issues at monthly management reviews. 

  • Organize the process audit in the manufacturing facility and ensure that launch readiness activities are complete prior to the process audit.

  • Lead engineering change activities from award and throughout launch.  Manage quoting activities for engineering changes and lead change negotiations.

  • Ensure appropriate APQP activities are taking place.  This includes timely completion of program gates/checklists.

  • Promote synergy between program team and manufacturing facilities.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


1.        Four year Engineering / Business degree.

2.        Basic technical understanding with respect to one or more of these areas: automated assembly equipment, complex product assemblies, mechanisms, metal and plastic forming, injection molding technologies, tooling, fixtures and gauges.  Understanding of program management processes required.

3.        Minimum 5 years of program management experience; automotive related experience preferred.

4.        Experience with managing financials.

5.        Must possess the ability to manage people and interface with customers.


  1. Time Management: Able to manage multiple high priority projects simultaneously. Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resources requirements; determines necessary sequence of activities needed to achieve goals while effectively managing time with limited supervision.

  2. Adaptability: Adapts well to changes in assignments and priorities; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; approaches change positively and adjusts behaviors accordingly.

  3. Collaboration: Builds constructive working relationships with clients/customers, suppliers, other departments, organizations to meet mutual goals and objectives. Behaves professionally and supportively when working with individuals from a variety of ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.

4.     Distinctive problem solving and analysis skills, combined with impeccable business judgment.

5.     Candidate must be willing to have the flexibility to provide support to a continuous operations product environment.

6.     Able and willing to travel up to 20% of the time, and work extended hours based on customer demand and production schedule.

7.     Able to create and maintain a culture that fosters teamwork and encourages accountability both with internal and external partners.

8.     Highly detail-oriented and organized with excellent analytic and problem-solving abilities. Displays excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.

9.     International mind-set.

10.    Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint , Outlook, and Project.


  1. Must be able to handle the physical demands of the shipping Operations. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to handle, manipulate, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, talk and hear

  3. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time

  4. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

  5. The ability to listen to  and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences

  6. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so other will understand

  7. The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted