Program Manager - R&D Portfolio

MTS Systems Eden Prairie , MN 55344

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people's lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.

Transforming what's possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it's a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.

By joining MTS, you'll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You'll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.

Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.

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This role will be responsible for managing a broad portfolio of programs in the research and development space. The portfolio will include new product development as well as product optimization and cost reduction activities. Programs can range from a multi-year effort to as short as a month and range in cost from multi-million to several thousand dollars.

Our ideal candidate will bring process orientation driven by analytical thinking as well an demonstrated ability to optimize processes. Program Management experience in making business decisions in an engineering environment utilizing analytical tools to deliver product performance while meeting schedule and budget requirements is an expectation.

Primary Objective:

Plan, drive and implement projects that will enable MTS to accomplish its business mission and objectives. Accountable for the successful completion of Development Programs. This includes schedule, budget and performance.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Develop a sound organizational plan for each assigned project.

  • Develop realistic but challenging project plans, schedules and budgets for each assigned project.

  • Responsible for the production of project deliverables within schedule and budget requirements.

  • Monitors work in progress to ensure quality and engineering standards are met and that designs are effective through the entire process; approves changes to designs or schedules as necessary.

  • Tracks technical problems to identify trends and determine cost-effective ways to eliminate root causes.

  • Ensure that engineering team members are informed of the progress.

  • Participate as a leader and team member, inspiring and guiding others, supporting and encouraging co-workers toward common goals. Work to maintain a positive environment within the group and with other functional support groups.

    Communicate proactively and work to resolve minor conflicts before they become major conflicts. Distinguish issues from personalities. Value and integrate the ideas of others. Understand and respect others' abilities and make decisions with the best interests of the team in mind.

  • Ensures that the company's needs and interests are met by the project-related contracts into which it enters. Manages day-to-day activities. Facilitates technical problem solving by ensuring processes and methods are in place to identify technical problems before they become crises and determine appropriate action to solve technical problems.

  • Respond in a timely manner, meet commitments. Work with engineering leadership to provide solutions. Build relationships with process owners, project sponsors, architects, or other team members.

  • Provides regular reporting to Sr. Management in preparation of P&L and Balance sheet forecast including revenue, shipped margin, warranty, WIP, receivables and advances for area of responsibility. Monitors performance against plan, and acts to minimize deviations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering or equivalent; MS preferred.

Minimum 5 years of progressively demanding project management experience

Previous experience successfully managing multiple projects within a similar sized volume/revenue, including developing project schedules, financial tracking and reporting, and allocating/directing resources for various phases of projects.

SAP experience is preferred

Must have demonstrated the ability to drive change and continuous improvement across a broad level/scope.

Ability to build relationships, lead cross-functional teams, and build consensus among a large group.

Proven ability to successfully solve complex business and technical problems.

Working knowledge of industry engineering standards, practices, and regulations.

Responsibilities:

Manages other project managers to achieve program results.

Successfully manages broader business issues beyond technical development. Examples: Business Partnerships, international contracts, system certifications.

Ability to travel up to 10% domestic and internationally.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

Posting Notes: Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical) | | |



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