Technical Program Manager, Plant Vehicle Engineering


March 24, 2021

Fremont, CA, US

The Role:
The Fremont Factory Engineering team is seeking a Technical Program Manager to oversee new manufacturing line installations and modifications. While the engineers define solutions to technical challenges, the TPM oversees timeline, budget, and identifies gaps in technical scope to ensure that Programs are executed seamlessly alongside factory operations. The TPM will be the key liaison between Operations and Manufacturing Engineering teams allowing projects to be executed with operational risk and readiness in mind. The TPM also has intimate knowledge of project interdependencies and can engage cross-functional teams as required. Technical engineering knowledge is crucial to be able to effectively define and manage project and operational KPIs, assess technical and commercial risk, and critically challenge engineering decisions made in a cross-functional setting.
  • Define, implement and drive project requirements, workflows and plans while managing timelines, resources, communications, quality, risks, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths, identifying resource constraints, and any other issues that arise.
  • Finalize project scope, define initial assumptions, and secure project resources.
  • Monitor budgetary and CAPX spend.
  • Work with business leaders, program managers and executives to identify the success criteria of the project.
  • Provide insight around potential risks and opportunities, resolve conflict, initiate resolution and deliver results.
  • Identify and document all project milestones and deliverables and keep project plans up to date at all times, including resource allocations, tracking hours, monitoring schedules, milestones, deliverables, updating percentage completion, etc.
  • Continuously monitor and measure project processes and activities to identify and communicate potential issues, risks, or problems in a timely fashion and provide corrective action options to drive to resolution.
  • Lead cross-functional teams including management and executives. Includes resource & dependency alignment, coordination of activities, and transparent communication of project status and risk.
  • Escalate schedule delays due to issues and risks.
  • Track and manage change requests to scope and obtain approval if necessary.
  • Lead onsite installation and commissioning efforts.
  • Create formal project communication plans key project metrics and dashboards for project status communication.
  • Conduct project evaluations, post-mortems, and drive process change to incorporate learning.

  • BSc in Engineering or MBA, and 5-10 years of program/project management experience in a fast paced, highly fluid environment or other evidence of exceptional ability. PMP is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in Production/Manufacturing environment.
  • Proficiency in Confluence, Jira.
  • Familiarity in several Agile principles - Scrum, Kanban etc.
  • Self-organized, outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated, applied experience delivering complex programs and projects.
  • Experience working with stakeholders, Product & Engineering Managers to keep everyone aligned.
  • Experience working with complex electromechanical assembly lines.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and MS Project.
  • Some travel is expected - e.g. for vendor visits, equipment installation and commissioning. The role is based in Fremont.