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Launch Manager

Company Name:
BorgWarner Inc.
POSITION SUMMARY
The Program/Launch Manager is responsible for organizing,coordinating, and executing a comprehensive program management regimen thatmeets customer expectations. The individual provides program managementfor customer programs, focusing on (1) the assertive oversight of productlaunches, (2) vigilant cost containment, avoidance, and reduction throughout aproduct's life cycle, and (3) a comprehensive communications effort. Working at all levels of the organization the incumbent must build a case forthe program and gain the commitment of the department heads allowing theallocation of the necessary resources. Line resources assigned tospecific programs shall take direction from the program manager and problemsoutside day to day will be resolved at the functional manager level. Theleadership activities would include but not be limited to strategic programswithin the team environment involving planning and defining objectives, productdesign and development, process design and development, product and processvalidation, and initial production performance.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
Serves as program owner, accountable for the execution and success of the program.
Develops and validates program scope and customer deliverables and ensures that customer expectations for quality, timing, and product performance are met.
Identifies and manages assigned resources (purchased material, engineering development, capital investment, launch costs, contract provisions) to minimize total program costs and maximize expected return.
Meets program deliverables (financial targets of appropriation request, cost, timing, completeness) as defined by the Executive Oversight Team ("EOT").
Leads efforts to ensure that BW expectations of ROI and EV are met.
Assists the EOT in developing a program strategy and converts the strategy into action.
Alerts the EOT of program risks that are beyond the scope of the program team in an appropriate timeframe; continuously identifies risk factors and seeks to mitigate adverse impact.
Works with functional managers to assign members of cross-functional SEG product launch teams. This includes but is not limited to manufacturing management, production operators, maintenance, materials, finance, quality, safety and HR.
Leads and manages team environment through all program phases / gate points with emphasis on synergy, development and empowerment to ensure collaboration, team unity and team success.
Conducts frequent Team meetings. Leads team meetings, monthly functional meetings, joint BW/customer meetings and EOT review meetings.
Helps the team reach consensus when necessary and makes decisions as required. Knows when to make decision independently and when to ask for guidance and input.
Evaluates and reviews team member performance and provides input to TMS.
Addresses and resolves program "roadblocks" through the appropriate functional managers, or functional directors, or vice presidents.
Keeps program team in place for 3 to 6 months after launch to ensure objectives of delivery, quality and cost are met. Objectively evaluates performance with input from the EOT to determine at the 3 month after launch window if extension is required.
Serves as contact person to the customer and participates in, or leads in some cases, customer meetings; key contact for the customer APQP program.
Develops relationship with customer that makes the product launch an experience that contributes to awarding new business in the future.
Ensures internal and external documentation requirements are met.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
Bachelors degree in marketing, engineering or related discipline (engineering preferred) required
Advanced engineering/business degree preferred
8 years sales, engineering, or manufacturing experience required
Ability to influence and motivate others and build effective teams
Strong program management skills in resource, task, and budget planning
High level of technical competence, problem solving, and organization and communication skills
Understanding of managerial finance as it relates to program and business metrics
Solid understanding of engineering and manufacturing functions within the automotive supplier market segment
KEY COMPETENCIES
Business Acumen- Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
Priority Setting- Spends his/her time and the time of others on what's important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
Customer Focus- Is dedicated to meeting the exceptions and requirements of internal and external customers; Gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; Acts with customers in mind; Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
Informing- Provides the information people need to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team, unit, and/or the organization; Provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions; Is timely with information.
Building Effective Teams- Blends people into teams when needed; Creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; Shares wins and successes; Fosters open dialogue; Lets people finish and be responsible for their work; Defines success in terms of the whole team; Creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
Conflict Management- Steps up to conflicts; Seeing them as opportunities; Reads situations quickly; Good at focused listening; Can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; Can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
Timely Decision Making- Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.
Organizational Agility- Knowledgeable about how organizations work; Knows how to get things done both through formal channels and informal network; Understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures; Understands the cultures of organizations.
Process Management- Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; Knows how to organize people and activities; Understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient workflow; Knows what to measure and how to measure it; Can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can't; Can simplify complex processes; Gets more out of fewer resources.
Drive for Results- Can be counted on to exceed goals successful; Is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; Very bottom-line oriented; Steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Job: Program Management
Title: Launch Manager
Location: South Carolina-Seneca-15545 Wells Highway
Requisition ID: 1404175

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