The purpose of the Tesla Materials & Processes Engineering organization is to facilitate the Tesla mission of accelerating the world to sustainable transportation via identification, development and insertion of advanced materials and processes while supporting other Tesla Engineering functions with materials & processes expertise. The Tesla Materials Engineering team is seeking a technical program manager to plan, interact, lead, and execute projects from cradle to insertion. Primary function will be to manage the castings tooling from sourcing through commissioning. This position will report to the Tesla Materials & Processes Engineering team at North America. In this role, the program manager will be responsible for the following:
Develop and manage engineering development schedules across all projects in the program, including development, testing, and manufacturing projects
Gather and communicate timing and delivery requirements for all tasks
Create schedules to understand work stream dependencies and sequencing
Track key milestones and decision points, and ensure they are communicated to the team
Track and prioritize program and product risks in an organized and methodical way (JIRA, Confluence, etc.)
Coordinate parallel path efforts as contingency planning for high-risk designs
Organize logistics of group conference calls, on-site meetings, and manufacturing supplier visits (domestic and international)
Clearly communicate expectations for work output and completion dates to technical team members
Facilitate communication and collaboration across engineering, operations, validation/testing, sales, and external suppliers to meet very aggressive cost, schedule, and quality goals.
Present project status to the executive team
Track and report on weekly progress towards development milestones
Identify and resolve conflicts, inter-dependencies and program issues quickly and efficiently
Schedules and monitors NPI activities, from design kick-off, tooling, engineering builds through mass production.
Act as point person to ensure key program decisions are made; using discretion to personally make the decision or delegate/escalate.
Facilitate decision making and raise to management when necessary, following a reasonable escalation path
Work with design engineers and engineering leaders to create clear resource plan for the program based on schedule and technological development
Identify and resolve gaps in available resources to complete projects
Prioritizing tasks and resources for multiple projects
Lead development and work with finance for tracking of project budget
Create and controls detailed budgets for each phase in the development process.
Drive on-going process improvements (new processes or procedures) to improve execution and efficiency of cross functional teams
Develop and maintain checklists for the program throughout its development lifecycle.
Ensure each program follows the organization’s procedures, but also exercise judgment and critical thinking when established procedures do not apply
Bachelor’s degree in Materials or Manufacturing Engineering is preferred. Degrees in other engineering disciplines, such as Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or sufficient relevant experience will also be considered.
An experienced project manager with a proven track record of managing multiple projects from concept stages, to install and commissioning equipment within a manufacturing environment, preferably with 3+ years of experience is desired
Must have prior experience working with casting suppliers and preferably tooling
Automotive experience is not a pre-requisite. Experience in the specific field described previously is the requirement, regardless of what sector or industry that experience was obtained. Willingness and dedication to working in a fast paced, results oriented environment focused on fundamental engineering excellence.
Must be well-versed with using Microsoft projects, primavera or a similar project management software
Travelling to meet suppliers is key for this position, and therefore the applicant must be willing to travel internationally at least 30% of the time