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Director of Program Management in Saline, MI at JAC Products, Inc.

Date Posted: 6/14/2018

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Job Description

We’re the acknowledged leader in automotive exterior functional components, industrial and structural extrusions and assemblies, and a broad range of standard and custom extrusions.  At the core of our company is the development and manufacturing of roof carrier systems for the international automotive industry.    

With over 50 years behind us, our competitive advantage comes from our Passion for Engineering. That is what drives JAC and what has enabled us to grow into the company we are. That same passion for engineering and design continues today and is reflected in our many patented designs and exclusive functionality of luggage rack systems for the automotive industry. We lead the industry in patented design and components for luggage rack systems.

 The Director Program Management is responsible for leading a team of professional program managers with the shared goal of ensuring that every new product launch is executed on-time, to customer specifications, and within the established financial goals set for the program. 





  1. Lead the team of Program Managers and serve as the champion within JAC Products for the timely, effective launch of all new products.

  2. Establish and maintain the JAC Products Product Development System that provides the framework within which all new product launches and identified engineering changes are managed.

  3. Ensure that all departmental staff, and other JAC Products employees are educated and knowledgeable of the JPDS – and possess a detailed knowledge of their individual responsibilities within the system for specific functions (ME, QE, Material Planner, etc).

  4. Lead the weekly program review and gate review meetings with specific responsibility for effective report-outs, and ensuring the integrity of the JPPS system, and the intended standards within the system.

  5. Provide direction, coaching, and guidance to Program Managers to address problems and/or challenges facing new product launches.

  6. Develop Program Managers to effectively lead and to engage themselves in all three aspects of new product launches; Sales, Engineering/Design, Operations Implementation/Execution.

  7. Actively support Program Managers in driving solutions for customer and processing issues during program launches.

  8. Manage and track all financial metrics for new program launches to program budget; control program margin performance, tooling cost, prototype cost, engineering development and testing (ED&T) cost,  and capital spending.  

  9. Facilitate collaboration and coordination across the organization to support the timely, effective launch of new products.

  10. Develop and manage new program capital and tooling plan.

  11. Oversee and manage tooling management system (TMS) for all new programs.

  12.  Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.

  13. Assess and develop the departmental staff members for individual job mastery, career advancement, succession, and overall teamwork.




§  Broad knowledge of Program Management, Manufacturing Management, Product Engineering, Customer Relationship Management, New Product Launch Systems and all related requirements - and all related systems.

§  Expertise in developing processes and systems for new product launch.

§  Working knowledge of business finance and the economic impact of operational business decisions.

§  Effective interpersonal communication and relationship skills required to maintain a team-oriented working

§  Problem Solving Capabilities – with ability to utilize problem solving tools.

§  Strong formal written and verbal communication skills necessary for business presentations; both internal audiences and customers/suppliers.

§  Highly organized; effective planner.

§  High level of business ethics in all job responsibilities. 

Job Requirements


Note:       Possession of a High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) is required for all new hires in all positions. 


§  Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) preferably with focus in areas such as; Manufacturing Operations, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering, Business Administration, or Finance

§  Master’s Degree, MBA, or the equivalent is preferred




§  Ten (10) or more years of Operations Management in a complex manufacturing/final assembly environment with background in program management.

§  Several years of meaningful Tier 1 or 2 Automotive/OEM Part manufacturing experience

§  Strong working knowledge of the following subject areas: Program Management, Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Production management, Quality systems, etc.

§  Strong knowledge of OEM customer expectations, quality standards/systems, customer relationship management.



The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


§  Operate in both office environment and a manufacturing/production floor environment

§  Moderate standing and sitting are required various times of the day.

§  Ability to work on computers.

§  Ability to move throughout the plant and office facility to participate in various activities.

§  Ability to complete business travel


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