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Program Manager (0908)

Group Company:
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance thermoplastic materials in the form of semi-finished products and finished parts. The company has locations in 20 countries and more than 2,800 employees. Its specialty engineering thermoplastics and composites are superior in performance to metals and other materials and are used in a wide range of applications, primarily in the capital goods industry. The company is continuously developing new areas of applications in close cooperation with industry leaders in a broad variety of customer markets. The Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Group is well prepared to further expand its market leadership position.

Supporting the vision of our holding company, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC), Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is committed to the realization of KAITEKI, “a sustainable condition which is comfortable for people, society and the Earth”. To realize this vision, the MCHC Group engages in corporate activities that provide products, technologies and services based on the comprehensive capabilities of the Group in the Performance Products Domain, Industrial Materials Domain and Health Care Domain, with chemistry as the basis of our activities. We jointly express and promote our commitment under the corporate brand THE KAITEKI COMPANY.

Job Purpose

Mitsubishi Chemical Group is seeking a seasoned expert in Program Management with experience in
composites in the automotive and mobility sector. The Program Manager (PM) will lead medium and large
programs and owns the value chain and customer relationships. The PM will champion strategic and
operational goals and lead project teams for program execution. The PM will coordinate and prepare budgets,
proposals, and business plans. The PM will also create and execute contracts and serve as the primary point of
contact for daily operations and directly responsible for managing partner networks within the industry.

  • The individual will be key in expanding the Applications Engineering & Development organization and building
    a competence in advanced composites and manufacturing. This will include hiring personnel, developing
    facility and equipment plans and overseeing installation and commissioning.
    The successful candidate will exhibit:
    •  A self‐starter attitude, with the desire to make a difference and be part of a strong team 
    • Entrepreneurial creativity and a drive for problem solving
    • Intellectual curiosity to learn a broad range of technologies and applications
    • Comfort with the ambiguity of a new organization and strategic direction
    • A strong bias for action, collaboration and team‐work
Principal Accountabilities

Planning:

  • Develops & implements product strategies and technical roadmaps for specific programs,
    products and engineering systems
  • Highly proficient understanding of program schedules, risk areas, slack time, and critical path
  •  Knowledgeable in Program‐based Financial Management; to include development of
    comprehensive program estimates and execution plans
  • Forecasts product/project completion, costing and resources
  • Leads team to identify, quantify and qualify risks and opportunities; leads risk mitigation and
    opportunity capture activities
  •  Develops, maintains and prepares corrective actions and recovery schedules for internal
    leadership and customers
  •  Demonstrates continuous improvement initiatives to optimize efficiency and quality
  •  Balances product/project plans, risks, and opportunities with executable strategies to meet
    technical requirements and budgets
  •  Ability to evaluate quality of work product to ensure satisfaction of customer requirements


 Execution:

  • Ability to use proposal and strategies to implement executable, cohesive program plans
  • Engages various functional organizations to ensure alignment with program objectives
  • Participates in contract negotiation and manages contractual changes, including preparation
    of proposals, business plans, Statements of Work, budgets, specifications and financial
    conditions to ensure legal compliance
  • Oversees the creation of a new Composite Engineering Group, which includes developing job
    descriptions and hiring new personnel, facilities, prototype manufacturing equipment and
    testing capabilities
  • Works with MCG personnel to execute the operational facilities, equipment installation and
    commissioning schedules
  • Works with the engineering and operations team to ensure appropriate alignment of
    resources to attain product/project goals
  • Responsible for the profit and loss of products/projects
  • Works with R&D to develop and present new technology proposals and roadmaps
  • Works with the Commercial and Business Development teams to identify new revenue
    opportunities and portfolio extensions

Communication:

  • Prepares periodic progress and cost reports and/or other program documentation for
    management
  • Leads and liaisons meetings between MCG engineering, customers and supply chain
    partners
  • Serve as a global liaison across external suppliers, research partners, and internal company
    stakeholders
Knowledge / Skills / Experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Industrial, Materials Science, Manufacturing
    Engineering) or other related engineering discipline
  • 5 or more years in Program Management and experience leading engineering teams
  • Extensive knowledge of multiple product lines and the ability to effectively manage the entire range
    of Applied Composites clients including large projects and programs in excess of 10 million dollars
  • Experience with developing Manufacturing or Production Plans
  • Substantial knowledge of composite materials, processing and applications
  • Experience in transitioning development programs to commercial production
  • Experience within a product development environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and strong analytical and problem‐solving skills
  • Independent time management skills and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives and projects
  • Self‐motivated with problem solving and decision‐making skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to develop clear and detailed plans


DESIRED

  • Experience with solid modeling in CAD such as Solidworks, Dassault CATIA, Siemens NX
  • Proficient with statistical analysis and use of statistical tools such as Design for Six Sigma
  • Experience with materials testing and characterization methods
  • Experience in collaborating with academic institutions, government laboratories, and industrial
    research consortiums
  • Exposure to the automotive/mobility industry and certification protocols such as the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Knowledge of defect and failure analysis methods
  • Ability to shape culture and positively impact morale, motivation, and team engagement
EEO Statement

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation values diversity in the workplace, is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally recognized protected basis under applicable law.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or other applicable laws. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition.


 
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