Program Manager

Gentherm Inc Northville , MI 48167

Posted 2 months ago

At Gentherm, we say, "It's about the person." We're with you on a cold winter day when you turn on your heated seat and steering wheel or helping manage patient body temperature in the operating room, recovering room or intensive care units. We take a human approach with everything we do.

As the global leader in thermal management technologies we embrace the opportunity to create and deliver extraordinary thermal solutions that make meaningful differences in everyday life. We do this by improving health, wellness, comfort and energy efficiency.

We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and combine that with our global leadership to deliver results. Working at Gentherm provides you the opportunity to not only shape the future of the automotive and medical industries, but also influence your career throughout the company. You will be engaged, challenged and inspired by our team to deliver leading thermal technologies that positively impact lives around the world.

Program Manager


This position is the primary program contact with customers on programs. This includes managing program activities from program kick-off to production launch.


  • Establish and execute program timelines, milestones and program commitments made with the customer.

  • Maintain EBITDA/Gross Margin by program per negotiated business award.

  • Ensuring that a clear line of communication occurs between customer base, Gentherm and all key personnel are engaged throughout the program lifecycle.

  • Manage/ensure the following processes are executed: Prototype Orders, RFQ Process, Tooling Orders and ramp up material planning for start of production

  • Follow up to ensure costing receives necessary data to develop quote.

  • Ensure programs are within budget at program end and for the life of the program.

  • Lead the Program Team to identify and achieve Continuous Improvement /cost reductions on programs.

  • Ensure customer involvement where necessary to achieve Continuous Improvement objectives by program to increase overall program margin.


  • Lead the Program Team to identify and achieve Continuous Improvement /cost reductions on programs.

  • Ensure customer involvement where necessary to achieve Continuous Improvement objectives by program to increase overall program margin.

  • Develop a detailed program plan, resource requirements and overall costs to launch the program with the Program Team and present status updates at executive program review meetings.

  • Manage core team, customer relationship, and program open issues to ensure program milestones are achieved and information is maintained in PLM system

  • Elevate red risk items to Top Management for immediate response and resolution on show stopper issues.

  • Manage, capture and process engineering changes for the life of the program.

  • Ensure that appropriate technical interface during the product development cycle is established and maintained with the customer including providing support during field failures or other failed components when necessary.

  • Participate in program launches, customer audits or conferences at Gentherm and/or customer plants as necessary.

  • Responsible to maintain relevant customer information and systems such as APQP status, program milestones and ECN updates in the PLM system



A bachelor's degree in mechanical and/or electrical engineering plus five (5) to five (7) years of automotive experience (experience with automotive seat systems and/or interiors is a plus). Automotive program/project management experience, working knowledge of APQP and IATF 16949, ASPICE and ISO 26262 Functional safety, working knowledge of program/project management software, milestone charts, gantt charts, and/or gate review tracking an asset.


  • Deliver Results

  • Understand the mission and output of your team; set SMART objectives and deliver

  • Drive Change

  • Focus on agility and commitment to continuous improvement; Understand and act on internal and external drivers of change

  • Build Capability

  • Foster a culture of learning and development; Support individual growth through continuous feedback to achieve personal and professional goals

  • Cultivate Innovation

  • Openly embrace, create, implement and support new and innovative ideas, processes and technology that deliver business results


All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. Gentherm is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Gentherm is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Req ID: 7090


Northville, MI, US, 48167

Country: US

Date: Jul 26, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

Job Segment: Medical, Program Manager, Engineer, Electrical, Surgery, Healthcare, Management, Engineering

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