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Program Manager

Job Number:  35191
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Dortec - Newmarket
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Newmarket, ON, CA

Group Description

The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.



This position is accountable to supervise a team of employees to manage the successful launch and maintenance of divisional programs within the specified quality, budget, and timing targets that will ensure customer satisfaction as well as internal objectives.



  • Supervises a Program Quality Engineering Specialist (as assigned), providing guidance and development through coaching and formal performance reviews.
  • Manage, monitor and analyze key tasks, activities and cost through the multiple phases of the program
  • Outline timing, monitor and report (monthly) all activities (internal and external) on a division program with respect to:
  • o               Total program costs/budgets]
  • o               Open issues (total program – departmental and supplier) of a divisional program
  • o               Meeting reports
  • o               Suppliers
  • o               Coordination of cross-functional team responsibilities (internally and externally) for divisional program issues.
  • Involvement in customer negotiations
  • Ownership for programs from conception to production. (“Cradle To Grave”)
  • Drive APQP disciplines within organization
  • Lead CFT and hold team members accountable to timelines, budget, etc.
  • Meet or exceed budget and improve contribution margin
  • Obtain and present divisional metrics that are related to the specified program to the Chief Program Manager/ Senior Program Manager
  • Utilize Company and Customer Timing Plans, Time/resource Activity Plans, Program Open Issues Lists, PDP and Meeting Reports to control the activities of all resources assigned to Division Program.
  • Interface with Project Managers as necessary on program related new business opportunities.
  • Provide guidance to Management in all Program related decisions.
  • Provide timely coaching, counselling and feedback to employees, as well as input into Performance Reviews of assigned CFT members.
  • Maintain a confidential and professional demeanor at all times.
  • Work in a safe manner at all times including the use of PPE.
  • Abide by company rules and policies as set out in the Employee Handbook.
  • Set SOW/SOR for all new programs.
  • Establish and develop the Cross Functional Teams
  • Meet all customer commitments and all customer milestones
  • Obtain proficiency in TCAS
  • Manage production and prototype tool progress
  • Conduct all necessary Launch Readiness Reviews



  • Accurate selection of resources for program
  • Timely and open communication with Customer
  • Validation testing that complies with internal and Customer -specific requirements
  • Effective launch of programs within budget and time constraints
  • Prioritize issues and make decisions within the guidelines of the defined business processes



  • Completion of community college diploma/certificate.
  • 7 or more years of work related experience.
  • Post-secondary diploma in Business Administration or Engineering OR minimum of 8 years experience in the field of high volume production mechanical devices involving knowledge of manufacturing, supplier technical representation with OEM’s, resource planning and reporting for engineering projects, and experience with business case analysis and reporting.
  • Cross function experience, including Quality Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Design and Financials. 
  • Experience with OEM customer base.
  • DFSS and/or Six Sigma experience preferred
  • Familiar with the following tools: D/PFMEA, DFM, VA/VE, DOE, DVP&R, PPAP etc





  • Holds Others Accountable
  • Makes Decisions
  • Resolves Conflict
  • Possesses the ability to hold individuals accountable for areas they are assigned to
  • Demonstrates through their leadership, team participation and adherence to the process
  • Confronts Issues
  • Copes with Deadlines
  • Exercises Judgment
  • Has a working knowledge of PDP, CPMP or Program Management requirements, Milestones, Gate Reviews etc.
  • Has effective skills in Project Management and Time Management



Works in a comfortable environment either inside or outside in typically pleasant conditions.  Typical conditions are such that no risk of any injury or harmful effect is likely.

12--Program/Launch Management F--Permanent/Regular 

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