Job Summary:

The Project Manager is responsible for managing new business launch development and change management teams.  As a key position within the engineering group and supporting the facility’s APQP process with the flawless launch of the new products and processes.   The position also assures compliance to IATF 16949 and pertinent industry standards.   The Project Manager provides leadership to the cross-functional teams.  

Project Manager - Morristown

Your tasks

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, project milestones, communications, and facilitation skills to guide and motivate assigned cross-functional team for engineering projects related to new business development and existing design/material change management.
  • Responsible for tracking, monitoring, and managing project APQP activities and schedules through the Product Life Cycle management tools (Key Event, PLM system, etc.).
  • Operates execution of APQP through Product Realization Procedure, Gate Review process and other applicable procedures. 
  • Manage internal and external suppliers to ensure completion of projects per the agreed upon milestones and within budget.  Acquires all prototype submissions and new launch production PPAP documentation from internal/external suppliers. 
  • Procure metals, material and miscellaneous components required to support projects and preparation for new launches.
  • Creates and maintains purchase orders/sales orders in SAP when necessary.
  • Manages customer prototype and production PPAP submissions through Quality department for new launch projects. 
  • Monitors tool procurement activities on new product launches with Tool Engineer Supervisor.
  • Identify and manage resolution of potential deviations from the quote/contract, Project Master Plan or other project documents along with performing and managing project risk through the Gate Phase process.
  • Drives APQP execution to assure the product is launched on time, within budget, at or better than estimated part cost with consideration to material cost (part weight, engineered waste, scrap) with satisfaction of the customer and operations team prior to Gate F closure. 
  • Track and manage project budget to plan and identify and improve processes to reduce costs.
  • Serves as primary interface with the customer relating to APQP activities and completes/updates customer specific APQP tracking systems with support from the cross-functional team. 
  • Communicate with customers on status of project timing and ensure customer issues/deviations are resolved and documented in a timely manner.
  • Document project and team meetings minutes and distribute to appropriate team members.
  • Communicate variances in project budgets, plans and schedules with Product Marketing and Management. 
  • Leads and facilitates continuous improvement activities with respect to project management and product launch systems utilizing Lean Systems and Six Sigma tools.
  • Retains records that are well organized, easy to retrieve and demonstrate compliance with Product Realization Procedure, Gate Review Document, other applicable procedures, and ensures updates to  "Lessons Learned" and "Best Practices" shared folders.
  • Demonstrates conformance with IATF 16949 procedures in internal and external IATF 16949 audits, and compliance with Customer Specific Requirements.
  • Adhere to Company’s Guiding Principles and policies, health, safety/ergonomic, and security standards.

Our expectations

Qualifications:

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.  He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor of science degree in business or technical discipline, min Associates degree with experience.
  • 3 or more years in automotive quality management or project management experience.
  • Knowledgeable in IATF 16949 standards with auditor certification required.
  • Fluent in APQP process and PPAP requirements. 
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings, preferable.
  • Working knowledge of SAP or ERP systems, desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of engineering terminology, rubber manufacturing processes, tooling, and procedures, desirable.
  • Lean Systems, Admin and Six Sigma Green Belt Certifications a plus.
  • Effective inter-personal skills, ability to work in a team environment, and project management experience with the ability to manage own priorities and workload.
  • Effective leadership skills, strong decision-making skills, and ability to work with and lead teams.
  • Execute tasks in a timely manner without direct supervision.
  • Must be highly organized, disciplined, and flexible to handle multiple priorities (ability to prioritize tasks of others and themselves).
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills to effectively work in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and information clearly, effectively, and frequently (oral and written) both to own team, customers, and as necessary, senior management. 
  • Makes a good first impression, wears well overtime, and sustains a positive, professional attitude.
  • Aggressive self-starter with strong attention to detail requiring minimal supervision.
  • High customer empathy and desire to enthusiastically serve.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Project, Excel, etc.) are required; Minitab a plus.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE JOB:

Project Managers have the primary responsibility for the successful launch to production.  They must provide strong, broad leadership and professional attitude in a team environment.   Be able to prioritize tasks and coordinate efforts with numerous departments.   Must be able to complete project and implement improvements in an expedient manner in a face-paced environment.   Flexibility with accepting new responsibilities and assignments.  

Project Managers interface with, lead, and influence a wide variety of individuals and positions within the facility and externally with corporate functions, suppliers, and customers.  As such, they need to make a good first impression, wear well over time, be professional, and provide an atmosphere of trust and teamwork.

Obtaining cooperation and support from individuals who report to another manager is sometimes a challenge, requiring effective communication skills and project management techniques.  

Do you have any questions?

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Carrie Neal ∙ Human Resources ∙ 47690 East Anchor Court ∙ 48170 Plymouth ∙ +1 (734) 3545371www.fst.com
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