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Technical Program Manager

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The Technical Program Manager will support the software engineering manager to oversee and manage all software development of the automotive infotainment systems.  Common tasks include daily monitoring and managing of all aspects of the system.  Managing both internal suppliers and customer and communication the software development status of the team.  Creation of software development plans, coordinating different schedule between suppliers and make sure all meet customer milestones.  Work regularly with suppliers and customers on software issues, resolution, summarizing the status of those issues, and presenting results to the team.  Communicate issues to the main office clearly and with full documentation.  Understanding and analysis of specifications are a must as well as investigating issues related to the specifications.  Other aspects of program/project management may be required.


Program/Project Coordination (60%):
-Closely work with engineering teams internally and at several suppliers and coordinate engineering development work to ensure 100% on-time performance for all customer software deliverables.
-Ensure that all validation, testing, and development timing meet customer milestones and deliverables based on internal and supplier development schedules.
-Need to work with the team closely to understand the status of the development, identify issue areas, propose solutions to those areas, and report the status to management as well as to customer on weekly and in some cases daily basis.
-Software program timing plans to proactively guide projects through all phases of software development and ensure progress is being made toward project completion and meeting customer expectations and deliverables.  Identify potential project risks and issues, alerting team members, contributing to identifying solutions, and escalating when necessary.
-Ensure to meet internal and external gate requirements for software development and present the status of the programs in management gate reviews.
-Initiate, maintain, and publish program/project open issue lists, summary, and status.  This has to be tracked daily and weekly to make sure all teams are on the same page.
-Facilitate meetings and track open issues to closure, provide ESIMs and updates to issues as well as glide path or plan to close these internal and external issues.
-Follow up with teams internal and customer to make sure that issues are being tracked, resolved, and closed.
-Manage several suppliers who are currently developing different parts of the product code and report status to the teams internally and include the update to the overall SW development plan.
-This position is not responsible for the financial aspect of the programs.

Customer Interface (40%):
-Act as the primary contact with the customer for general program issues.
-Responsible for communicating the status of the software status to the customer and the team.
-Manage the overall open issues list generated from meeting with customer and internally.  Follow up with individual team members to ensure issue tracked and closed per plan.
-Lead project meetings and presentations with the customer, suppliers, and publish meeting minutes.
-The candidate may be asked to help with other program management activities.


-Four year college degree in the engineering or business fields.
-Must possess a minimum of 5 years related work experience with 2 years program management experience successfully interfacing with the OEM customer and various internal departments such as product engineering, suppliers, and manufacturing.
-Tier 1 experience in automotive electronics such as radio and infotainment system preferred.
-Must have thorough understanding of US OEM customer development sequencing and documentation. Familiarity of audio/infotainment products strongly desired.
-Must be a self-starter and proactive problem solver.
-Must have the willingness and ability to travel internationally.
-Ability to effectively operate and communicate in a multi-cultural environment.

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