Senior Manager, Program Management Metals (VW & Daimler) - PRO24203

Function: Program Management
Localization: United States - Michigan - Auburn Hills
Contract type: Standard jobs
Publication date: 5th October 2018


Faurecia is an Equal Opportunity Employer

New trends and expectations are reshaping the automotive industry. Inspired by the exciting new challenges associated with this revolution, Faurecia anticipates the future of mobility developing cutting-edge solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility. If you’re willing to contribute and create value for tomorrow’s cleaner and smarter mobility, Faurecia is the place to be.

Our Automotive Seating Division is looking for a Senior Manager, Program Management Metals (VW & Daimler) for its Auburn Hills, MI location.

The Senior Manager, Program Management is considered a key leadership position on the Metals Product Line team and will assume full ownership and accountability of the VW and Daimler business.  The Senior Manager, Program Management (VW and Daimler) is responsible for managing the VW and Daimler Program Management team in support of launching newly awarded programs from program award (or "Request For Quotation Approval" [RFQA] in some cases) through serial production.  The Senior Manager acts as a guarantor of customer satisfaction in conjunction with the achievement of Quality, Cost and Delivery objectives, while ensuring profitability throughout the entire program lifecycle.


The Senior Manager will support the vision of “Program Management and launch performance to be viewed as a competitive advantage by internal and external stakeholders alike.”  The Senior Manager will focus on Program Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Governance, Capability Development, and Strategic Step Improvement based on KPI’s Analysis to achieve the Program Management vision.

The main missions of the role are to:

  • Lead the VW and Daimler Program Management team to successfully launch programs to meet Customer satisfaction and achieve program Quality, Cost and Delivery objectives.  After launch, support Program requirements through entire program lifecycle.
    • Staff, manage and coordinate cross-functional program teams (Sales, Controlling, Purchasing, Quality, Production, Supply Chain, Product & Process engineering), and define team members' objectives and assignments.
    • Monitor Programs, track progress by updating Business Plan, Program Dashboard and Budget Reports, and by leading reviews of program Functional Milestones, Work Package and Gate Reviews; and respective results.
    • Prepare and report to the Steering Committee on a regular basis the current financial, technical and customer satisfaction results.
    • Escalate critical launch concerns to Steering Committee and Executive Management for discussion and agreement on containment actions. Facilitate recovery plan and hold team accountable for containment task execution.
    • Responsible for managing all Human Resources of the team including their Annual Performance and Development and participation in recruitment.

  • Create a "Program Management culture" by ensuring processes defined in the Faurecia Program Management System (PMS) are applied and by developing synergies between all actors involved in the program.
    • Responsible for all planning and executing of PMS activities.
    • Drives process discipline by maintaining compliance of standard process and procedures. Recommends process improvements and gains alignment to implement.
    • Measures effectiveness and efficiency of process.  Takes proactive approach to improve effectiveness of processes.
    • Conduct Risk/Opportunity analyses, and develop and implement appropriate action plans.

  • Develop strong relationships and support the ongoing negotiations with the customer
    • Support responsible Program Manager’s ability to arbitrate any conflicts with the customer on financial and/or technical issues.
  • Responsible to maintain current Business Plan
    • Liaise with the Program Manager and Program Controller, to define the Program investment scheme, and release investments in compliance with controlling procedures; take economical responsibility for all deviations from initial requirements.
    • Analyze cost and strategic issues to drive best solution for Faurecia.  Develop and implements action plans to address all deficient program measurable
  • Provide leadership within the Program Management team
    • Develop a strong Program Management team through capability development.  Identify development and training needs of the program managers and establish training plans to ensure product and process knowledge, core capabilities, and techniques are coached and improved.
    • Provides leadership to the Program Management team by as an advisory role.  Assists the Program Managers with decision making and escalating concerns through management.
  • Functional manager support for Annual Performance & Development Reviews

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or related field.
  • 10 of years automotive experience (5+ years as an Advanced or Senior Program Management position)
  • Design & Development or Industrial Operations in an automotive sector  
  • VW and Daimler customer preferred
  • Automotive seating preferred
  • Must be willing to travel within and outside the United States
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook ad Project)
  • Knowledge of Program Management system and tools preferred
  • Mechanical aptitude, good organizational skills, strong communicator, action oriented
  • Team oriented
  • Ability to lead through the use of influence
  • Strong Time Management skills
  • Focused with the ability to manage several disparate activities

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