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Program Manager

Department: Research, Development & Engineering
Location: Milford, CT

The Program Manager is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of projects related to new product launches and tool capacity expansion ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments and goals. The Program Manager will define the project’s objectives, formulate schedules with milestones, coordinate activities, oversee project costs and ensure all deliverables are satisfied throughout the entire project until the new product(s) and tool(s) are successfully commercialized. This position will work closely with Managers, Supervisors and associates in the following departments: RD&E, Marketing / Product Group, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Accounting, Purchasing and external suppliers.


This role will also participate in defining and executing Program Management Office (PMO) processes and policies and maintaining stakeholder and customer relationships. The Program Manager reports to the PMO lead in the Research, Development & Engineering (RD&E) department.

Essential Function/Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform essential functions/duties satisfactorily. Other duties/functions may be added or assigned.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Leads and directs a cross-functional team to deliver projects/products within the constraints of schedule, budget and scope
  • Formulates project schedule(s) considering the procurement and delivery of new tools and other associated activities that result in the successful launch of new products and/or the commercialization of new tools to enhance manufacturing capacity
  • Develops alternative schedules and plans for different business scenarios in order to identify and/or remove constraints resulting in the timely completion of project(s)
  • Identifies, coordinates and ensures the procurement of thermoforming tooling, raw materials, marketing materials, QA fixtures and other items necessary to successfully launch new products per the project schedule
  • Formulates, maintains and consistently publishes the status of tooling procurement activities that includes the project name, product description, vendor, target delivery date and estimated days to actual delivery
  • Coordinates the delivery of technical and project related information from RD&E, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, and QA to project team members
  • Acts as an intermediary to resolve schedule and resource conflicts between team members or departments that affect the successful timely completion of the project
  • Track project(s) costs and identifies unfavorable variances and works with team members and/or management to minimize financial and/or schedule impacts
  • Participate in the development of a full functioning PMO for IPC, including: consistent methods and tools for project initiation, team structure, financial management, risk management, new product development processes, project/program reviews, escalation processes, business case development and cross-functional team leadership
  • Participate in driving a continuous improvement culture/mindset with respect to project delivery and leadership demonstrated through the utilization of useful project performance metrics and defined performance improvement plans
  • Ensure that projects are communicated effectively within project teams and to key stakeholders outside of the project teams
  • Ensure a high level of project planning to develop realistic timelines and budgets, and monitor variances to the targets across projects
  • Implement and report on project performance metrics (KPIs) to provide a data-centric view of project performance and to validate improvement on an ongoing basis
  • Participate in communicating and driving the adoption and alignment of standards, policies and procedures across the business, globally
  • Participate in driving the use of best practices and apply lessons learned to improve select performance outcomes
  •  Participate in strategic implementation of major engineering, technology & innovation strategies and initiatives
  • Participate in a consolidated Product Development Process that includes formal stage exits, a guidance document, templates, etc; Coordinate and lead Stage Exit Reviews for assigned projects
  • Resolve individual, project and team issues across the cross-functional matrix
  • Contribute in maintaining a project management system
  • Participate in formal processes for collecting and sharing lessons learned
  • Apply OpEx concepts to identify and eliminate non-value added tasks and/or activities in the product development process
  • Participate in annual PMO, PDP, and R&D forums
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments
  • Travel to external suppliers and other Inline Plastics facilities up to 20% of the time may be necessary

The list below represents the knowledge and skills required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Education and/or Experience - Bachelor's degree from a four year college or university. A minimum of 3 years of related experience in a manufacturing or an engineering environment with a proven track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously. Plastics industry experience is beneficial, preferably in thermoforming and knowledgeable with product design, tooling design and procurement practices. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) is beneficial.
  2. Computer Skills –Solid working knowledge of software programs – Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Project
  3. Skills / Competencies - Strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to proactively take initiative and complete tasks in a timely manner. Prior leadership experience in a technical capacity in related industries. Prior experience identifying key risks and critical factors for project success and adapting project methodology to ensure results. Ability to manage teams, prioritize, and project plan while ensuring all relevant issues have been factored. Excellent communications skills, strong customer relationships, leadership skills and team building competencies. Proven experience leading cross-functional teams. Excellent time management skills.

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