This position is responsible for one or more Product Program(s) from ideation to launch. The Program Launch Manager leads the Launch/ APQP efforts and will work with other departments, team members and suppliers in accordance with Company procedures. The PLM must assure customer program milestones are met per program timing, as well as all deliverables as outlined within the Launch Process / APQP.
Lead all aspects of product programs through the program management process.
Provides liaison between customer and manufacturing plant.
Works with engineers, designers, purchasing and suppliers on changes and adjustments to Product/ Process.
Consults with clients, vendors, and personnel in other departments to discuss and corrective actions and resolve issues.
Develops launch budget. Ensures launch costs are within budget.
Assures disciplined change management of engineering and commercial changes.
Assures that all APQP records remain up to date.
Ensures customer milestones are completed on time.
Evaluates and improves company's program management processes.
Supports the Cost Savings / VA VE efforts.
Ensures financial budgets are followed.
Other duties as assigned by management.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering (ME or IE) required.
Minimum of 3 years of experience in Program Management.
Strong cut, sew, foam, wrapping and assembly cost estimating background in the soft interior trim automotive industry.
Strong understanding of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Standardized Work.
Strong CAD capabilities to analyze modify CATIA, NX, STP models.
Knowledgeable of PPAP requirements.
Ability to coach individuals to follow established procedures.
Experience with part approval with the OEMS and Tier 1 customers (AAR, Construction, Validation, etc.)
Excellent communication skills.
Organized and detail-oriented.
Bi-lingual (English & Spanish) preferred.
HFI is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status
HFI is a leading Tier II automotive supplier of high quality interior parts such as headrests, armrests, consoles, and other seating and door components. We specialize in details, craftsmanship, and skilled construction that elevate the driving experience. From elaborate sewing to small polyurethane foam and leather wrapped assembly, our products improve the look and feel of the vehicle you drive,... providing comfort and luxury even on the road. We started out in 1954 as the House of Foam serving the furniture industry. Still privately owned, HFI has since evolved into an established automotive supplier serving a variety of OEMs across North America including Honda, Subaru and Ford. Grounded by our core principles of partnership, quality and value, we now employ over 3,500 people across 10 North American locations with our headquarters in Canal Winchester - just outside of Columbus, OH. Our unique culture fosters collaborative partnerships and new ideas in an innovative value driven business environment.