Program & Launch Manager (m/f) - PRO24399

Function: Program Management
Localization: Germany - Rhineland-Palatinate - Hagenbach
Contract type: Standard jobs
Publication date: 30th January 2019

Faurecia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


"Technical Perfection and automotive passion" is what defines Faurecia. We design, engineer and provide the best in technology, systems and services for automobile makers in every major market on all five continents. If you share our ambition for technical perfection and our passion for all things automotive, Faurecia has a career for you.

"Faurecia, a driving force…for your professional growth."

Our Faurecia Interior Systems Business Group is looking for a Program & Launch Manager (m/f) Customer Division Daimler/BMW for its engineering center at Hagenbach.

The Program Manager (m/f) is responsible for leading the program in all aspects, from program award RFQ ("Request For Quotation") until 6 months after Start of Production. He/she is the guarantor of customer satisfaction in conjunction with the achievement of program Quality, Cost and Delivery objectives, while ensuring profitability throughout the entire program lifecycle.

Within Phase 1 (RFQ till Program Award) the Program Manager will be named Acquisition Manager.


The main missions of the role are to:

  • Organize and support the program before and during the launch
  • Being the counterpart between the plant and the CBU team
  • Develop strong relationships and manage the ongoing negotiations with the customer as the official Faurecia representative.
  • Prepare and submit the RFQA to Management if relevant.
  • Liaise with the Program Controller, build the initial Business Plan, define the Program investment scheme, and release investments in compliance with controlling procedures; take economical responsibility for all deviations from initial requirements.
  • Launch and monitor the Program : track progress by updating Business Plan, Program Dashboard and Budget Reports, and by leading reviews of program steps and results.
  • Conduct Risk/Opportunity analyses, and develop and implement appropriate action plans.
  • Prepare and lead the customer offer presentations in the acquisition phase
  • Arbitrate any conflicts with the customer on financial and/or technical issues.
  • Staff, manage and co-ordinate a cross-functional program team (Sales, Controlling, Purchasing, Quality, Production, Supply Chain, Product&Process engineering), and define team members' objectives and assignments.
  • Create a "Program Management culture" by ensuring processes defined in the Faurecia Program Management System (PMS) are applied at all steps, and by developing synergies between all actors involved in the program.
  • Organize communications throughout the program lifecycle.
  • Organize und moderate Design to Cost Workshops within acquisition phase and lead VA/VE initiates within the development of the program
  • Ensure smooth program transfer from Development Centre to Production Plant.
  • Organize key program information to ensure Program continuity and to contribute to knowledge management.
The ideal candidate will have/be:
  • Minimum 5 years in a Management position
  • Experience with Launch processes
  • Experience in Sales in an industrial environment
  • Result oriented with a high communication level in written and spoken
  • Able to work and lead a team in a matrix organization
  • International Mindset, ability to analyse complex issues
  • German and English fluent in written and spoken

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