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Hickory, North Carolina

Program Manager


Program Manager


An innovative $50M plastic products manufacturing company has an immediate need for a Program Development Manager. In this position, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of customer programs by overseeing and directing cross-functional teams (Engineering, Quality, Operations, and Sales), working towards the goal of meeting all expectations including cost, quality, and timing.


Leading multi-functional teams in building a robust manufacturing process that delivers complaint parts at stated cost, the Program Manager is responsible for an entire program up until a production capable process is released to production. This is a critical role within the organization and has a tremendous amount of visibility.


The company has a fantastic customer base and is booming with business! They also have the benefit of being in a scenic area of North Carolina!




Will lead all new business product launches, coordinating with customers, internal department managers, toolmakers, engineers, etc.


Supports and drives compliance to the Program Development Process


Will drive customer and core team interactions during the program development phase of product commercialization


Manages and reports on programs in all areas including funding, product cost, product quality, and timing


Handles customer expectations by addressing program issues quickly and efficiently


Manages the program timeline and budget


Ensures appropriate people and capital resources are deployed for successful project completion


Reviews all CAD data and part models along with the overall application of the product with engineering and quality for adherence to form, fit, & function requirements


Qualifications and Skills:


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent technical degree

PMP (Project Management Professional) certification preferred

Demonstrated proficiency within a program management system

Experience with plastic injection molding manufacturing required

Understanding of APQP, PPAP, FMEA and Capability Studies

Project Management skills along with strong problem solving and is analytical

Exceptional leadership skills and communication with significant team, employee, customer, and vendor engagement

Statistical aptitude with strong quantitative and analytical skills & strong knowledge of problem-solving techniques, has attention to detail

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a “can-do” attitude  

Proficient in all Microsoft Office products including Microsoft Project


Key words: Program Management, Project Management, Plastics, Injection Molding, Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing Process, Customer, Program, Budget, Timeline, Capability, APQP, PPAP, FMEA, Program Development, PMP, Microsoft Project, Quality, Engineering, Sales, Operations