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New Product Introduction Program Manager in Corona, CA at Circor Career Site

Date Posted: 10/2/2018

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Job Description

Senior NPI Program Manager



BUSINESS:  Aerospace & Defense


DIRECT REPORTING: Project Management Office




Position Summary

The Senior NPI (New Product Development & Introduction) Program Manager will be responsible for the successful initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of multiple New Product Development and Introduction projects through production. The PM will manage a diverse customer base which include Aerospace, Defense, and Commercial segments and must be familiar with at least one of these core industries. The candidate must have significant experience with new product development program management through a combination of leadership and skills including the ability to ask penetrating questions, i.e., deep dive, detect unstated assumptions and conflict resolution.

The NPI PM will be responsible for managing contract performance for programs, or a set of related projects to achieve programmatic business objectives throughout the program lifecycle.  Effective & regular communication with customers and multiple internal stake holders is key to success. The NPI Program Manager serves as the customer advocate, ensuring effective program/project management processes, scheduling, cost, resources deployment, risk assessment/containment and project change management.


The NPI PM provides leadership to a matrix team from varying cross-functional areas. Has regular interaction with customers, Site and Group team leaders; coordination may include multiple sites.


Principal Activities and Responsibilities

  • Perform program management of multiple new product development programs as well as coordinate a small team of NPI program managers as direct reports.
  • Conduct regular team project status reviews for individual projects. Revise project metrics and refocus teams as necessary to ensure project requirements are met.
  • Lead project gate reviews in line with project timing and internal NPI process requirements with a focus on contract/on-time delivery.
  • Participates in the new business proposal phase coordinating the estimated non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs, and development schedule.
  • Ensures that the cost basis and/or pricing is correct by evaluating resource requirements, and performing risk analyses.
  • Responsible for integrated program schedules, data integration, tracking of financial and quality performance, and implementation of corrective actions covering all areas of program responsibility. Addresses critical issues on complex programs and leads the team to develop action plans to improve performance.
  • Leads the development of program plans for new product development programs. Participates in program planning efforts; leads all phases of programs throughout the program/project development lifecycle.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact to the program’s customer and is responsible for the negotiation of contract changes related to scope management.
  • Organizes and leads programs by defining and identifying required expertise; Oversees and approves task planning to include resource requirements and effort estimates related to program performance. Establishes and communicates overall priorities and changing program requirements to functional areas.
  • Ensures strong customer relationships by responding to all customer requests and serving as the primary point of contact for assigned program activities, status and problem resolution.
  • Serves as key presenter and facilitator at - program reviews. Leads weekly team meetings, both internally and externally. Ensures meeting actions are documented, communicated and closed by the assignee in the timeframe required. Provides weekly written status to leadership.
  • Maintains professional and technical/product knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing technical/specialty publications, and/or participating in professional associations.
  • Is responsible for identifying the timing of an escalation and assembling and reporting the escalation using the available tools.


Job Requirements


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience: Demonstrated ability to perform the essential functions of the job typically acquired through ten or more years of related work experience; including five or more years leading multiple projects/programs of varying complexity and scope and direct leadership of teams.  Prior knowledge of cross functional teams required.


Basic Knowledge and Required Skills:


  • Knowledge and proficiency with program management processes, methodology, and architecture.
  • Ability to effectively demonstrate business skills and simultaneously lead multiple projects, and cross-functional matrixed teams.
  • Working knowledge of industry practices and the marketplace associated with fielded product or service.
  • Practical knowledge of aerospace commercial or military contracting and procurement requirements and understanding of financial and labor cost systems and production processes.
  • Proficient in the use of business applications software (MS Office) and the ability to use specialized project management (MS Project) applications.
  • Skilled at analyzing and interpreting complex policies, contractual language, and financial reports.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management a plus.
  • Communicates accurately, clearly, and directly both verbally and written, internally and externally
  • Highly skilled in communicating and presenting program information to various levels of management, customers, and/or suppliers.




  • Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in Engineering, Sciences, Business or a related field preferred; minimum of 10 years prior program or significant project management experience. PMP certification preferred, required within 1 year of hire date.


Core Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a cross-functional environment. Ability to prioritize, balance, and manage multiple efforts with strong results/goal orientation. Agility and personal adaptability with the ability to successfully manage multiple priorities with a high sense of urgency in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative solutions; works well in a team atmosphere.
  • Strong communication (oral and written), skills. Effectively communicates across all mediums, audiences, and situations.
  • High ethical standards. Models and supports organization’s goals and values; adapts to changing conditions; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.
  • Understanding of Requirements Management, including change configuration management, traceability, validation and verification and scope management
  • Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work.
  • Demonstrates the ability to successfully manage multiple and/or rapidly changing priorities that may have competing resources and demands. Open to change and strives for continuous improvement.


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