Vice President, Program Management

Dura Automotive Systems Auburn Hills , MI 48326

Posted 2 months ago

The focus includes, but is not limited to, planning, development, engineering, testing, product quality, production, cost, scheduling, performance, special project requirements, customer product requirements, and operations/fulfillment issues.

This leader participatns in internal and external business reviews and takes the lead in preparing documents for business reviews. This individual will perform a variety of non-routine program management tasks to support the business segments, engineering centers, and plants globally. Tasks are typically complex in nature with considerable requirement to exercise professional judgment.


  • Coordinates and runs the global schedule for program reviews

  • Lead APQP process: Gate reviews, specifics on financials/timing/risks.

  • Co-ordinate cross functional team (CFT) from Gate 0 through start of production (SOP) (Gate 5) and throughout program life.

  • Assure delivery of programs on time, on cost, on target and quality. Manage program risk and opportunities.

  • Forecasting Program spend

  • Budget and review costs for program management cost center

  • Tracking of Tooling & Engineering Design and Development recovery

  • Change Manage including oversight of Corporate Change Review Board

  • Determination of schedule, logistics, and frequency

  • Provides monthly updates to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) through business status reports

  • Supports the sales team, as needed, in the development of quotations and proposals; identifies opportunities for growth within programs, and new potential projects

  • Coordinates all required disciplines (engineering, purchasing, planning, manufacturing, quality and sales, etc.) to execute programs to customers' expectations, meeting or exceeding quality and cost objectives. Makes required adjustments and recommends changes to maintain targeted margins

  • Develops and publishes global metrics for programs

  • Monthly report showing G/Y/R for Quality, Timing, Financial

  • Manage and guide Program Management Directors and Program Leaders globally

  • Facilitate reviews to eliminate systemic internal and external road blocks. Plan and review programs regularly and escalate immediately to resolve issues or get direction. Provide management updates regularly.

  • Interface with customer's program team.

  • Support new business acquisition and liaise with Segment Directors.

  • New plant start-up activities.


  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience in senior level engineering supervision.

  • Assignments require considerable knowledge of management practice and policy interpretation or some combination of education and experience that would enable senior technical capability allowing the incumbent to independently evaluate, select, and apply techniques and standards.

  • Demonstrated leadership and implementation of lean methodologies in a manufacturing environment.

  • Demonstrated strong leadership, collaboration, project management, problem-solving, change management and influencing skills

  • Comfortable and well-practiced leading teams within a global matrix with virtual team relationships

  • Experience serving as an operational advisor to a senior leadership team.

  • Demonstrated and effective communication and relationship building skills at all levels in an organization. BA/BS required (preferably in a technical discipline), Master's level education in a scientific discipline.

  • Certification in Program Management. Prefer additional project management and quality certifications.


  • Action Orientation

  • Possess Business Acumen

  • Demonstrates and utilizes creativity

  • Possess Customer Focus

  • Builds Effective Teams

  • Knowledge and experience with Total Work Systems (e.g. TQM/ISO/Six Sigma)

  • Demonstrated Process development and management

  • Possess Strategic Agility

  • Ability to understand complex strategic and tactical projects

  • Ability to employ multiple modeling techniques and methods

  • Ability to perform analysis in organized fashion

  • Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations per project goals

  • Ability to articulate logical analytical thought process

  • Ability to anticipate questions, "what if" scenarios, nuances of data and analysis

  • Ability to provide accurate and reliable analysis

  • Ability to report information in context and at level that enables decision making

  • Strong presentation skills to clearly articulate: business problems, analytical approaches, potential solutions & recommendations

  • High level of written and verbal communication; English

  • Adapt to changing priorities while performing at a high level

  • Self-motivated: energetic, enjoys working at quick pace

  • Results oriented: problem solving attitude, deliver projects on time with high quality

  • Accountability: holds self and others to high professional standards

  • Curious: thinks in terms of "why" and "how"

  • Perseverance: expects roadblocks, finds workarounds

  • Values teamwork: able to work in teams, pushes for best in others, values contributions of others

  • Superior communication skills and can present his/her ideas in a clear, concise manner; one who can adapt his/her communication style as needed.

  • Unquestioned integrity and values that the organization can trust without reservation.

  • Consensus builder with strong persuasion skills.

  • A highly motivated team player who contributes to an atmosphere in which people work together, enthusiastically and effectively, to produce results - not political.

  • A good listener with a strong sense of self.

  • Must be flexible with the ability to change, adapt and grow - patience and diplomacy skills are critical to success. Particularly with customers

  • Exhibits passion for the mission of the company.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience that can earn the respect of a diverse workforce and play a lead role in creating an inclusive culture at all levels of the organization.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements of personnel as classified.


DURA Automotive Systems is a global automotive supplier specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of innovative solutions that propel the vehicle development initiatives of automakers. DURA is focused on advancing global sustainability technology in three core areas:

  • Driving fuel economy improvement through vehicle lightweighting and intelligent mechatronics

  • Advancing safety through innovative structural vehicle architectures and advanced driver control solutions

  • Preserving our environment through sustainable manufacturing practices

The company's products include mechatronic control systems, including shift-by-wire systems; electronic systems, including actuators and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS); lightweight structural body systems, including aluminum closures; and exterior systems, including window systems and exterior trim.

DURA is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA; with global sales of $1.4 billion. The company has 9,400 employees worldwide and operates 36 facilities in 14 countries.


  • Performance Driven Culture

  • Excellence in Quality, sustainability and customer experience

  • Leading-edge technology and innovation

  • Sustained financial health and profitable growth

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements of personnel as classified. DURA Automotive Systems is an Equal Opportunities Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Join a winning culture of inclusion and opportunity.

Whether beginning your career journey or joining to expand your career development, DURA offers a working environment rich in entrepreneurism, innovative thinking and teamwork. Our flat organization structure encourages all employees to contribute with fresh ideas that drive opportunity and reward.

  • Competitive compensation and benefits

  • Patent reward program

  • Continuous training

  • Employee recognition programs

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Vice President, Program Management

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