Project Management responsibility for New Product Development projects, large cost reduction projects, product/process improvement initiatives, and complex Engineering Changes.
This individual will be responsible for managing the implementation of New Product Development Programs that require extensive cross-functional and cross-site (including international) coordination. He or she will manage project plans, timelines, budgets, team members, and resources while monitoring the process from concept through launch. Design for Six Sigma and NPD Stage/Gate processes will be utilized to maximize the quality, speed, and business impact of the projects. The Project Manager will work closely with Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Finance, Design, Logistics, and Procurement functions to ensure that optimal business solutions are implemented. Specific responsibilities will include:
Defining critical process / product parameters and their targets.
Managing, planning, scheduling, communicating, facilitating, and reporting project related tasks.
Coordinating the work of project team members to ensure that project goals are achieved.
Identifying risks and formulating and executing abatement plans.
Monitor cost for both project and product assuring actual cost is on target.
Reviews and assures SAP accuracy: MM entry, BOM’s and Routings, cost
Lead pilot assembly and coordinate with quality, process, engineering and manufacturing team for a successful production start-up.
Breaking work down into manageable tasks required to meet project objectives and assigning and/or directing the work of others.
Leading cross-functional teams.
Maintain regular communication with Product and Project Management teams on cross-category initiatives to identify opportunities for synergies and project efficiencies, maximizing resources and sharing lessons learned.
Reporting progress to senior management in regular Stage/Gate presentations.
Two or more years of experience in new product or process design/development.
Experience with Acrylics, Plastics, Solid Surface Materials, and Furniture a plus.
Candidates with Spanish language fluency are highly preferred.
Two years of experience in project management.
Project Management experience in a consumer durable goods business strongly preferred.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong leadership skills, results oriented
Must be able to travel up to 35%.
Knowledge of MS Project or equivalent project management software is preferred.