Senior Program Manager (m/w) - PRO23966

Function: Program Management
Localization: Germany - Bavaria - Augsburg
Contract type: Standard jobs
Publication date: 2nd August 2018
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 Faurecia Clean Mobility Europe Division is looking for a Senior Program Manager VW China Programs (m/f) for its European headquarter in Augsburg.
Purpose of the job:
(S)he has the solid line responsibility for the program managers who work for the VW China programs. Work actively to ensure a smooth program transfer from the development centre to the production plants in China.

From program award until handover to production site, the program manager has the overall responsibility of the program in all aspects:
• Lead program team as functional manager, with an entrepreneurial mindset,
• Meet financial targets (Operating Income, cash, Internal Rate of Return, Upfronts…)
• Ensure customer satisfaction (timing, quality, costs, product performance…)
• Plan and execute all activities which contribute to program success
• Ensure compliance code of ethics and code of management and escalate non-compliance items according to guidelines
• Protect Faurecia interests and image

(S)he has to:
• Secure staffing of the whole Core Team from the functions, in due time
• Lead a team of two Program Managers, also responsible for Chinese Programs
• Build and monitor Master Schedule
• Achieve program targets through development & deployment of program roadmaps and cascade program objectives and assignments to team members
• Use Business Plan to monitor permanently convergence to financial expectations
• Manage the core team and ensure cooperation with the functions and the plant(s),
• Apply Program Management System (with successful and on time achievement of work packages, mandatory deliverables and key program milestones)
• Identify risks and opportunities. Ensure risk management and alert process.
• Arbitrate top issues internally or externally within the program,
• Act as official Faurecia Program representative towards the customer to support its expectations while preserving company from risk exposure (like Engineering Change, planning…)
• Support or take the lead of commercial negotiations for contract evolutions
• Communicate and report relevant program status to secure proper management support on program issues
• Supports and guides program teams in case of escalation
• Ensure that program experience is capitalized in knowledge management to improve future programs’ performance

The ideal candidate will have/be:

• Master's degree in engineering or in business administration

Experience :
• Experience in Engineering or Quality or Purchasing or Manufacturing in Automotive sector (car manufacturer/Tier)
• Successful track record with Chinese Business Partners and high level of intercultural awareness
• Demonstrate product and process engineer experience
• Team management experience
• Experience in budget control and profit enhancement

Technical skills:
• Knowledge of quality tools (FMEA, design of experiment, “QRCI”/problem solving skills)
• Finance skills (master business plan calculation)
• Master Faurecia Program Management System (internal)
• Program management knowledge in particularly in matrix organization (external)
• Ability to develop strong customer relationships at senior level

Language skills:
• Business fluent in English
• Solid level of German
• Chinese nice to have

Behavioural skills:
• Negotiation skills & customer orientation
• Communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to coach, support and challenge his/her team
• Ability to manage a team in a matrix organization using management by objectives
• Network animation and influencing skills
• Ability to anticipate risks
• Accountability and transparency
• Ability to make quick and tough decision
• International mind set
• Entrepreneurship mind-set

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