Programme Manager - Automotive

RATE Recruitment
£45k - 50k per year
14 Feb 2017
14 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A Programme manager is required for an expanding automotive company based in Coventry. As a programme manager you will be responsible for the overall management of assigned customer programs. You will lead program team to execute product development / launch programs for components, systems, and full platforms. The programme manager you will meet all internal and customer targets and objectives. Interfaces with all levels of internal and customer management on all aspects of planning, scheduling, organizing, directing and controlling the program.

The role of program manager will be salaried at circa £45,000 to £50,000, you will be required to travel at stages if successful.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties required for successful job performance):

Leadership and Ownership:

Leadership of the Programme Team. Representing team in a professional manner to the customer and management.

Takes personal responsibility for program success.

Motivates the PT to meet commitments and holds the team accountable.

Ensure appropriate program staffing by establishing assignments and workload. Work with management to ensure that proper staffing is maintained.

Program planning in all regards including program timeline and customer MRDs.

Clarifying roles and responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the team.

Follow the industry best practices including Program Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to ensure world class program management. Utilize available Program Management tools such as risk management and lessons learned to successfully launch program.

Program Team Management:

Managing and running Program Team meetings.

Managing relevant program documentation including Customer Statement of Work, Open Issues List, Timeline, Monthly Project Reports and 39 Steps.

Support Manufacturing Team (Launch Manager and the Plant Launch Team) in pre-volume production builds, team meetings, plant based customer reviews, and critical production preparation activities. Ensure appropriate program team members support launch efforts.

Job Description

Ensure drawing, prototype and production tooling schedule is managed to support and builds and MRDs.


Program monitor and control via attending design reviews, ensuring adherence to delivery schedule, visiting customer locations and assembly plants, reviewing budget status reports, personally visiting supplier manufacturing locations to conduct supplier readiness reviews, participating in prototype and internal production builds.


Audits DVP&R and PVP&R to ensure successful completion on time. Manages the change process.

Customer Satisfaction:

Fosters an effective customer relationship to maintain. Manages the team to ensure on time adherence to customer MRDs.

Utilize project scope control tools including Statement of Work (SOW), written responses to scope change requests and quotes that include product

Risk Management:

Plans for the future including identifying Risks.

Uses appropriate Risk Mitigation tools to prevent problems from occurring.

Raises future risks using escalation processes and clearly identifying to management specific tasks, deliverables and support needed to mitigate future risks.


Leads the Program Team meet standards and customer quality targets. Launches products below targets for launch cost, scrap and containment.

Meets all customer quality systems and processes.


1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.

2. Master’s Degree preferred.

3. Ten years’ experience in the automotive industry.

4. Experience in at least 3 functional areas; Quality, Manufacturing, Product Engineering, Finance, Operations, Sales, etc.


1. Leadership.

2. Team management.

3. Problem solving.

4. High degree of task and objective orientation


1. Mastery of at least one functional area (technical) required for this level of decision making.

2. Ability to interface successfully at high level of customer organizations.

3. High degree of problem solving and decision making skills.

4. Logical with good critical thinking skills.