Program Manager / Senior Program Manager

Tenneco   •  

Northville, MI

Industry: Automotive.


5 - 7 years

Posted 213 days ago

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Tracking Code 179263-846Job Description

The Program Manager is responsible and accountable for the execution of all programs assigned to him / her, and adherence to Tenneco program management processes. This role ensures flawless launch performance and meets all program targets including, but not limited to: 0-0-100-100-30 (0 recordable injuries; 0 customer quality rejections; 100% on time delivery to the customer; 100% of the CAR financial targets; measured during the first 30 calendar days after the customer’s Start Of Production).


  • Project Integration Management o Ensures problem identification and resolution for his / her program
    • Ensures a high level of integration and collaboration with the plants and Launch Managers in their program as well as alignment with the program team members in Engineering, Sales, Finance, Quality and Purchasing. o Takes an active “go and verify” approach to his / her program by personally visiting the plants and suppliers at appropriate intervals
    • Ensures the effectiveness of their program team meetings and customer review meetings. o Ensures effective communication with their program team. Acts as the central communication point for their programs
    • Manages the program team from Gate 1 (Stage 2) through Gate 7. o Manages the quoting team during Phase 2


  • Project Scope and Risk Management o Ensures effective and timely scope management with emphasis on customer scope changes and executes the Scope Change process and approval.
    • Ensures program trade off analysis – balancing cost, time, product and resources
    • Identifies program risks early, develops and executes mitigation strategies and executes the Red Flag process. o Escalates risk with mitigation strategies to the leadership team in a timely fashion


  • Project Time and Resource Management o Creates high quality timing plans that are developed with the program team with effective buy in from all functional areas
    • Meets 0 days late for all Gates
    • Meets all customer MRDs on time with high quality products


  • Project Cost and Financial Management o Ensures that all program financial targets and budgets are met
    • Verifies that the CARs and Business Cases are reasonable and achievable
    • Ensures that effective and logical financial roadmaps are executed


  • Project Quality o Ensure that quality objectives and roadmaps are developed and executed via their program teams
    • Ensures that all quality objectives for all programs are met


  • Project Procurement o Ensures sourcing on time with high quality suppliers
    • Ensures appropriate completion of Make versus Buy decisions
    • Ensures on time PPAP of purchased components
    • Visits critical suppliers at appropriate points in the program with the members of their Program Teams


  • Managed multiple product development programs through to launch with ownership of budget/cost/timing
  • Global program experience as either a lead or member of the team

Required Experience

Minimum Required:

  • Bachelor or relevant experience in Program Management
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in Program Management
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the automotive industry 
  • Proven knowledge of program management methodology, tools and techniques
  • Experience in at least two of these key functional areas: Program Management, Engineering, Quality, Finance, Operations or Sales



  • Bachelor’s Science or Master in Engineering or Business Administrative
  • Experience in at least two, preferably three, key functional areas: Program Management, Engineering, Quality, Finance, Operations or Sales
  • PMP certification