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Program Manager

Job Number:  67075
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Holland, MICHIGAN, US, 49423

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We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary


The Magna Exteriors portfolio of products includes access systems such as liftgates, exterior trim, modular systems, front-end modules including fascia, active aerodynamic systems and other lightweight structural components for automotive, commercial truck and other industrial markets.

Recognized globally as an innovator in all aspects of vehicle exteriors, Magna provides everything needed, from materials development and design through manufacturing and assembly, to help automakers create sleek, state-of-the-art vehicles across the world.


Role Summary

This position reports directly to the Sr. Engineering Manager and is responsible for the general and specific job duties as described below.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop the program execution plan under the guidelines of the Advanced Product Quality and Planning (APQP) process.  
  • Define customer needs and expectations for assigned programs.  Establish customer milestones from design to production readiness.  (Production readiness is defined as developing parts capable of being manufactured by each department at the quoted performance parameters for material labor and overhead utilization.) 
  • Represent the internal manufacturing departments when working with the Account Manager, to meet or exceed customer expectations through resolving product related OEM issues.
  • Ensure that Production Managers and Team Members are up-to-date on the product’s phases, involved and informed about the product challenges, participating in product change decisions and receiving the required support and training during start-up phases.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled APQP Launch Presentation on assigned programs to communicate Open Issues concerns to internal staff (content will include project information, costs, timing, manufacturing and quality issues).
  • Conduct kick-off meeting for Engineering changes on assigned programs and/or new tools. Ensure all required information is available and prepared by the Product Engineer for the kick-off meeting.
  • Prepare, update and maintain Customer ‘Status Meeting” information. 
  • Ensure customer’s requests and demands are addressed in a timely manner. 
  • Ensure that design, planning, implementation and closure processes are conducted properly and completed on time. This includes development of the scope of work and the management of time, cost, risk, communication and quality within the company.
  • Ensure involvement of manufacturing department in design reviews prior to customer release.
  • Ensure the Design, DFMEA, GD&T Product Engineering and PPAP submission conform to the company quality system procedures. 
  • Ensure all materials are approved and released within the Customer’s system. 
  • Manage the planning for trials during Prototype and Pre-series phases.  Establish work priorities and schedules. 
  • Ensure that all equipment and tooling are transferred on time, parts are properly manufactured and painted, that parts are CMM measured and shipped to meet customer’s delivery dates and PPAP submission requirements.
  • Ensure DVP&R and testing plans are coordinated with appropriate Supplier.
  • Ensure that all part information and BOM details are entered into the internal system, confirm that information is accurately entered.
  • Utilize APQP and PPAP processes for automotive part submission as required for QS-9000/TS 16949 certification.
  • Influence and lead participating team members, resulting in successful execution of required action plans for the launch of assigned programs.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

Education/Skills/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required.
  • Minimum five years experience in design or engineering of automotive manufacturing of exterior decorative trim.
  • Ability to plan, schedule, problem solve, delegate, coach, train.
  • Adept at Change Management processes.
  • Proven successful experience working with OEMs through launches.
  • Minimum two years of experience in managing technical personnel and complex activities. These experiences should be gained in areas of research and development, product engineering, design engineering or technical management. 

Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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