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Program Manager- Battery; N. America at Unifrax

Program Manager- Battery; N. America

Unifrax Howell, MI Full-Time

Job Requirements

Alkegen is committed to become the worlds most sought-after specialty materials platform dedicated to sustainability and human health. Our products help people live cleaner, breathe easier, and go farther than ever before.

We are a one-of-a-kind specialty materials platform capable of driving transformative impact in the spaces we all care about, areas including fossil fuel reduction, improved energy storage, and cleaner air. Our values, company culture, and breadth of experience & product capabilities enable us to innovate and engineer market leading solutions to tackle some of todays toughest challenges faced by battery and automakers today. Join the Alkegen team, and support the advancement of e-mobility and energy storage systems for a more sustainable future.

Purpose:

The Program Manager - Battery is responsible for leading new product launch programs in all aspects, from program award, or 'Request For Quotation' in some cases, until six months after Start of Production. In this key role the Program Manager will laisse with the customer and several internal facing roles to coordinate design, development, validation, industrialization, commissioning, launch, and startup of new products. This role will manage a cross functional, indirect reporting team, and will report to the Sr. Manager of Engineering- Battery.

Objectives of the Role

  • Manage and coordinate a cross functional program team (R&D, Sales, Finance, Purchasing, Quality, Operations, SIOPs, Engineering) and define team members' objectives and assignments.

  • Develop, execute, and monitor time lines that align with customer deliverable dates and internal milestones

  • Act as a liaison with the customer program and engineering team to capture scope changes to provide feedback on impacts to financials (price, capital, tooling) and timing

  • Drive alignment to customer process requirements such at APQP, IATF 16949, or others

  • Facilitate periodic Program Reviews with the customer teams detailing time line status, critical path migration, program risks and mitigations, and other critical topics

  • Work with program team to proactively identify program risks and develop mitigation plans to ensure launch success

  • Manage internal capital acquisition requests, budgeting, and spending in order to deliver the project on time, at or under budget

  • Ensure smooth transfer of the product and process to the Operations team, facilitating a turnkey ready to run process with a product that meet customer requirements

  • Facilitate periodic Program Reviews to the management team detailing time line status, critical path migration, program risks and mitigations, and financial status

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities needed:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering or other technical disciplines (masters degree is a plus)

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in Product Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or other technical disciplines

  • 3 to 5 years of strong experience in Program Management

  • Proficient in Microsoft Project

  • Highly effective cross-functional team management

  • Previous experience in automotive systems

  • Experience with glass and ceramic fibers preferred

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills combined with strong presentation and public speaking skills

  • Up to 50% travel required; Customer Locations and R&D/Manufacturing Sites

At Alkegen, we strive every day to help people ALL PEOPLE breathe easier, live greener and go further than ever before. We believe that diversity and inclusion is central to this mission and to our impact. Our diverse and inclusive culture drives our growth & innovation and we nurture it by actively embracing our differences and using our varied perspectives to solve the complex challenges facing our changing and diverse world.

Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, nation of origin, religion, color, gender identity and expression, age, disability, education, opinions, culture, languages spoken, veterans status, or any other protected class.

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