Program Manager: manages cross-functional teams to introduce new infotainment systems for OEM automotive customers
Program responsibility for realization of Infotainment Programs as Program Manager, for assigned projects.
Works to agreed program targets (Schedule, Budget, Cost Monitoring, Quality)
Understand global program organization structure.
Manage infotainment system programs, requiring both applications and development engineering. An infotainment system contains, at a minimum, an integrated piece of complex electronics such as an audio gateway, a hands-free module with voice recognition, or a navigation radio.
Foster positive environment to create high-achieving team: treat all members with respect, encourage constructive dissent, re-focus team members when they get off-track, give positive feedback whenever it is appropriate, maintain a positive attitude, and reallocate resources in order to meet team commitments.
Define tasks to be performed by cross-functional team in developing systems. Use task list to create a work breakdown structure. Use work breakdown structure to establish program schedule.
Follow corporate product development (or applications) process. Insure the compliance of team members.
Insure prompt decision-making is executed by promoting consensus decisions, intervening when consensus decision-making fails, and making unilateral decisions in the case of a deadlock.
Understand all of the technical detail of the products used in all systems, both electrical and mechanical.
Approve requirements and technical solutions for meeting requirements for all development products.
Lead team meetings by establishing an agenda, monitoring discussion to insure adherence to agenda, promoting a free exchange of ideas, challenging the pre-conceptions of team-members, finishing the meeting in a timely fashion, and publishing meeting minutes.
Establish program budget. Highlight areas of budgetary uncertainty due to the speculative nature of infotainment product. Develop contingency plans for mitigating cost overruns in worst case scenarios. Manage program budget.
Work with Sales, Supplier Engineering, and Design Engineering to set system cost target. Highlight areas of cost uncertainty due to the speculative nature of infotainment product. Develop contingency design plans, to be used when the system cost target cannot be met with initial design direction. Above all else, meet system cost target.
Work with design engineering to develop development timeline. Highlight areas of scheduling uncertainty due to the speculative nature of infotainment products. Communicate these concerns to the appropriate internal departments, as well as the customer. Develop and maintain a contingency plan to provide the customer with product for launch.
Set team goals for customer issues, and quality. Lead team to meet goals.
Interact with all internal functions: design engineering, manufacturing, quality, purchasing, marketing, and sales.
Negotiate resource allocations from functional managers. When a resource conflict occurs, negotiate a solution with functional managers and other program managers.
Serve as lead program interface with customer.
Chair Design Reviews and Executive Reviews.
Identify program issues as early as possible and drive resolution at the team level. If resolution requires management intervention, escalate to appropriate management personnel with proposed alternatives.
Review selected suppliers and quotes, and participate in supplier reviews/selection as appropriate.
Coordinate and oversee ordering of prototype and production tooling.
Audit task completion. Report major deviations from plan to appropriate management.
Working experience desired in the following areas: 1) Electronics Hardware, 2) Software Development, 3) Systems Engineering, 4) Mechanical Engineering, 5) General automotive program timing, 6) organization functions, 7) Automotive industry, and 8) ISO 9000, QS9001, or equivalent quality system.