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Advanced Program Manager

Job Number:  12779
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Troy, MI, US, 48098-2863





Job Number: 12779 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Troy 



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.



Key Responsibilities


  • Manage the achievement of the program customer and internal milestones, commercial position, and integrity of the product in development. Manage program launch readiness through full production
  • Manage the internal Product Development Team (PDT) associated with the lamp's development. Guide that team to achieve the relevant milestones (design completion, tool kick off, supplier readiness, etc.) Drive the program through the Product Development Process (PDP)
  • Meet with the various customer representatives on a regular basis. Communicate and negotiate product, timing and commercial deliverables
  • Maintain and enhance commercial position for product and tooling costs and selling prices 
  • Able to focus on and support the product engineering process, ensuring high levels of product integrity
  • Communicate program information to Company Executive Team
  • Manage Engineering Changes to ensure all tasks are completed on time and to protect the commercial interests of the company
  • Ensure all PPAP deliverables are submitted by PDT members and submit final PPAP to customer
  • Ensure tooling is invoiced promptly upon customer approval
  • Keep entire PDT engaged and solicit help from other groups as necessary to facilitate the APQP Process
  • Manage activities of team members to meet the program milestones and conduct performance reviews for core team members
  • The ability to develop and maintain Program Status Reports (Program Management Templates) and use reports as a Management Tool for performance monitoring against Customer (internal / external) expectations
  • Transparency in communications with the understanding to escalate when appropriate for assistance in resolution
  • A continuous improvement mentality and the ability to apply this personal capability and knowledge to the companies processes, products, and associates (mentoring)
  • Excellent planning and organization skills
Key Qualifications/Requirements


  • 5-10 years automotive parts or lighting experience, with a cross-functional background (i.e. numerous positions), including 1 year in Program Management 
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or related field would be an asset
  • Specialized training related to lighting (Optics, Design, etc.) would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Customer Specific requirements (TS/IATF16949 / ISO9000 / ISO 14001 / OHSMS) and industry Standards 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage remote locations and track progress against established Project timelines and milestones
  • Demonstrated knowledge and execution experience as it relates to APQP, PPAP, PFMEA, Control Plans, and Process Flow
Additional Information



  • Understanding of account operations, budget management etc.
  • Ability to assess problems encountered and take appropriate action to resolve problems within standard project management policies, processes and practices
  • Strong and varied interpersonal skills. Able to communicate and negotiate with Customer Purchasing, Engineering, Styling and Quality representatives verbally and in writing
  • Able to present material to large groups
  • Able to travel and manage flexible work schedule requirements
  • Detail oriented
  • Microsoft computer program experience, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project 
  • Familiarity with the APQP and product development process
  • Strong organization skills are critical 
  • Operations experience is an asset 
  • Understanding of financial indicators and aspects of business is an asset


Physical Demands – Normal amount of sitting and standing; Ability to move around an office environment and on the production floor;  Ability to work at a computer workstation; Ability to bend, twist, lift, reach.  Required to carry out job duties and responsibilities in a work environment that may include, but is not limited to, varying levels of noise and/or temperature. Ability to lift max. 50lbs periodically.


Accommodations for disabilities in relation to the job selection process are available upon request.

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

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