1+ months

Program Manager

North American Lighting
Farmington Hills , Michigan 48331
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

I.           Scope of Job:     Knows and applies a variety of management and engineering concepts, practices, and procedures.  Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Performs tasks that are varied and complex in nature, and that require a wide degree of evaluation, creativity, latitude, and independent judgment.  Leads and directs the work of others. 
II.         Job Summary:    Provides leadership and direction to the launch teams and the staff of all support groups in setting and achieving program objectives for timing, cost, manufacturability, quality, localization, and customer satisfaction for the development and launch of new automotive lighting products.
III.        Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Performs in the lead role — the focal point — for product development and launch for both the customer and NAL on new automotive lighting programs
  • Leads Core Team activities, including: planning new program launch; creating project schedules with key milestones; defining each functional area’s deliverables; communicating plans, schedules, and changes; and generating consensus from the team
  • Understands all customer requirements for the project, communicates them to the team, and ensures that the team meets or exceeds them.
  •  Ensures adherence to project plan and schedule by conducting core team meetings, generating follow-up documents, managing open issues, facilitating team member’s jobs, and soliciting management support in overcoming problems
  • Budgets, tracks, and, controls all project costs in real time, ensuring that all chargeable costs are assigned to the customer, and obtaining management approval for all cost overruns
  • Authorizes and controls changes in the program affecting the agreed to targets and/or objectives
  • For projects developed by Koito, ensures smooth transition to NAL by tracking and controlling pre-SOP localization progress, and serving as the main contact for communication with Koito


I.           Requirements:  


  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering or related technical discipline
  • (Masters Degree in Engineering or MBA is preferred)
  • 6 to 8 years of experience in program management, design, product development, sales, quality, engineering, and/or manufacturing within the automotive industry (experience in exterior automotive lighting is preferred)
  • Strong knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:a.         Organizational and planning skills
  • b. Analytical and problem solving skills
  • c. Ability to monitor several program schedules and balance multiple priorities
  • d. Computer skills using standard business software (including MS Office programs)
  • e. Written and verbal communications and presentation skills
  • f.  Interpersonal skills — to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority


  • Automotive
  • Design / Development Engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering

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