ZF Program Manager in Livonia, Michigan

Program Manager

Division A - North America Braking & Suspension


Job Description

Job Description

  • Act as the business leader responsible for programs/projects from inception to the conclusion of the program.

  • Oversee functional areas during development to meet key deliverables (Engineering, Sales, Purchasing, AME, Finance, Quality, Production) through cross function team meetings, open issues lists and aligned schedules.

  • Focus point for project communication – both internal and external (customer)

  • Meet or improve on spend, capital investment, and tooling recovery financial targets for SOP (launch) and profitability commitment for the life of the product which was baselined at the quote approval.

  • Monitor timing, quality, technical and financial risks and issues on assigned projects. Mitigate risks or resolve issues where possible. Elevate and focus management attention when there is not timely resolution.

  • Ensure that timely and accurate Gate Reviews and routine reports are conducted on assigned projects, using these tools to expose risks and elevate issues.

  • Accurate project reporting using PPMtools as directed, i.e. program schedules, status, financials.

  • Strong control over program change management for internally and externally generated change requests during development.

  • Ensure programs launch on time and meet deliverables.

Experience and Education Requirements

  • Experience working on global / virtual teams

  • Remain flexible to changing responsibilities and workload adjustments.

  • Strong leadershipand communication skills are key.

  • Flexible working hours if/as required to support globalteam and customer base. Up to 25% travel

  • BS in business or engineering required. MS in engineering or MBA preferred. PMI certification desired.

  • Experience in automotive industry required (10+ years with braking preferred) . Proficiency in English required. Cross-functional, project management experience desired. Experience with Agile project management methods and tools a plus.

Required Education and Experience

BS in engineering (electrical or mechanical concentration preferred) required. MS in engineering or MBA preferred. PMI certification desired.

Experience and Skill Requirements


-Bachelor's degree in engineering (electrical or mechanical concentration) required.

-Experience in automotive industry required.

Proficiency in English required.

-Strong leadership skills are key.


-Master's degree in engineering preferred.

-PMI certification desired.

-10+ years with braking preferred.

-Cross-functional, project management experience desired.

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area

Program Management






United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran