Program Launch Manager

Job Description:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 117,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities.
Our plant in Florence, SC is part of Johnson Controls' Power Solutions group. As the world's largest automotive battery manufacturer, Johnson Controls produces 146 million batteries - one-third of the industry's output - every year. We power every type of passenger vehicle, heavy-duty and light commercial trucks, motorcycles, golf cars, lawn and garden tractors, and marine applications. We have 15,000 employees working in more than 50 facilities worldwide to support our customers' growth wherever they are located
Position Description:
In this position, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management and leadership of new product development/launch programs for automotive OEM application.
Primary Duties:
Manages events and deliverables associated with the launch of a new product/process.
Plans and executes the critical deliverables as defined in Glidepath Launch Process.
Holds contractors and internal launch team accountable for performance to scope & timing.
Achieves all program launch targets - time, quality & manufacturing feasibility.
Meet scorecards items related to Launch Management
Effectively execute and implement Change Control Process for designated facility
Main Tasks:
Drive launch team to have responsibility for each functional area of the start-up per the Glidepath (PLUS) workbook.
Create start-up plan, maintain timeline, Manufacturing Readiness and open issues list to ensure the program achieves customer milestones, internal deliverables, and engineering deadlines and plant start-up in line program timeline.
Coach and motivate the launch team to encourage ownership and responsibility for the activities (functional deliverables and reporting) within the project team.
Key interface between SDT (Simultaneous Development Teams) and plant launch team to achieve the program's targets on time, cost, quality, and manufacturing feasibility.
Coordinate identification of launch team and work with functional managers to identify the training needs and create training plans.
Must be able to clearly articulate, communicate both verbally and electronically to all levels of the organization.
Responsible for completion of weekly status updates/calls in conjunction with driving monthly project execution (launch readiness review)
Coordinate all activities to meet project milestones for equipment installation and process validation. (PV Build deliverables, Run-at-Rate, PV Parts and assemblies).
Conduct Manufacturing reviews and Ensure Manufacturing Readiness.
Act as key Interface between Operations, Mfg/Product Engineering, Purchasing, Quality and other key personnel in order to Plant and Product Readiness through PLUS Project Launch Program
Develop, in conjunction with other functional areas (within and across other BUs), the program cost targets (e.g. piece cost, investment, engineering budget). Enable Risk management by anticipating risks, caused by late tasks or changes, and develop contingency plans and mitigation strategies
Managing customer communication and relationship for project issues and commitments
Engage in problem solving, lead team & apply methodology to successfully get to rout cause and corrective planning
Plan and execute a robust risk management process to include identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, mitigation and contingency planning
Participate in launch SDT's and coordinate activities at the plant to support. Apply the SDT Meeting Guidelines and drive the Launch SDT.
Ensure that all required quality documentation (PFMEA, Control plan) is completed and approved both internally and by the customer.
Ensure Advanced Quality Planning/PPAP, PFMEA, Control plan, including customer signoff and Process receive proper approvals and signoff for the program/launch.
This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties.
Job Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Engineering, Quality, or Supply Chain
2+ years of project management experience in a manufacturing environment
OEM or Tier-1 manufacturing experience
Experience working in a key position (Program, Engineering or Launch Manager) on a major new product launch for automotive OEM or similar
Experience managing multiple programs concurrently
Solid business aptitude and experience managing overall program financial performance
Strong computer skills and expert knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access
Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task
Detail-oriented, organized, and collaborative
Strong people management skills
Demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking skills
Tact, a sense of urgency, and an overall customer satisfaction focus
Experience managing capital projects ($1M < X < $12M)
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Experience with APQP, TS16949
Experience with other Customer specific requirements (OE) such as Q1, SQAM, and ANPQP

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