NR042320 - Senior Product Line Manager


Key information

Program & Project Managment Office
Support functions
Employees / Staff
Gainesville, Texas, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
Bachelor's Degree
More than 8 years

Job description

Job Duties:
Occupational summary: Responsible for the governance and successful execution of assigned product lines to meet the internal customer expectations and the company's business objectives. Develop and lead the integrated product-line team (IPT); reports to functional leader of the multi-skilled integrated product-line team.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
1) Management of the Product-Line:

  • • Manage the development and implementation of integrated plans to deliver the product-line in its entirety, including the product-line initial maturity phase, the support to bit, the capture of the lessons learnt and support to customer program and the preparation of the next product-line generations;
  • • Contribute fully to the tendering process; manage product-lines plans, gateways, prompt milestones, budget, risk register and business plan;
  • • Manage the product-lines constraints to ensure delivery to schedule, cost and quality targets;
  • • Proactively manage changes to the product-lines whilst identifying and mitigating any consequential risks, issues or opportunities arising from the change to the product-line itself and customer programs instantiated from the product-line if any;
  • • Communicate and cascade strategies, targets and timelines in managing performance and delivering key business goals;
  • • Support the business development activities during the bid phase up to award of business; and
  • • Support the customer program team in the instantiation of the product-line into a customer product; and escalate to the executive any risk or issues that require senior attention
2) Customer/Account Management:
  • • Act as product-line focal and manage internal customer/stakeholders relationships to deliver excellent levels of customer service;
  • • Facilitate and stage manage key OEM reviews and provide regular rolling reports on cost, scope, risk mitigation and schedule performance;
  • • Interface with the marketing, engineering, quality, procurement and line side maintenance teams, for all aspects of product-line management and ongoing support to instantiated customer programs from the product-line;
  • • Identify business plan opportunities for the product-line and document the exec decision making process; and
  • • Develop and use market intelligence to improve the product-line attributes; and support SSUSA and group executive
3) Team Leadership and Development:
a. Lead integrated project teams to ensure the successful delivery of product-line;
b. Develop resources and requirements plans in line with the needs of the company's business plan;
c. Provide ad-hoc support to the team members requiring additional mentoring, guidance and development; and
d. Encourage lessons learned, innovation and best practice

Job requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • • Bachelor's degree in International Business or Engineering field
  • • 8 years of progressively responsible and related experience that must include extensive experience of program management in an aerospace or similarly highly engineered product environment
  • • Experience must include 8 years in each of the following:
o Proven track record of delivering complex and high value programs;
o New product introduction and phased gateways;
o Business and commercial awareness;
o Demonstrating polished and persuasive written and verbal communication skills;
o Maintaining confidence, with the ability to work and liaise within the industry, up to and including CEO/chairman level;
o Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop, support and motivate others to perform beyond their own level of expectation;
o Solid organization skills with the ability to plan and consistently achieve challenging deadlines;
o Determined and motivated by achievement of targets;
o Working under pressure with challenging timescales in a fast-paced environment;
o Demonstrating a continuous improvement mindset;
o MS office packages, including MS Excel and Project; and
o Ambitious, resourceful and driven to succeed

Specificity of the job

  • • Must be flexible and willing to travel nationally and internationally for extended durations on short notice
  • • Experience may be gained concurrently

Company information

Safran Seats

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.

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