Generac Power Systems

  • Project Manager - Engineering

    Job Locations US-WI-Waukesha
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/4/2018 6:32 PM)
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  • Overview

    Generac Power Systems – Work with the leader in the power industry!    We are expanding our Project Management team at our Corporate HQ in Waukesha, WI, and are adding two additional Project Managers for 2018!


    The Project Manager is responsible for planning and executing all product development activities including new product introductions, cost reduction, technology/research, and lifecycle product support. The position requires excellent technical and cross-functional product development knowledge coupled with superior people leadership skills, proficiency in quality systems, functional and program management experience and business planning expertise. This position works closely with Product Management and other functional leaders in the company (engineering, service, manufacturing operations, supply chain, marketing, quality, IT, finance) and is responsible for providing leadership and management for projects supporting a Generac business area / product line.


    This leadership role is responsible for devising and effectively implementing product development project plans which ensure superior products for Customers, while also fostering and rewarding innovation and creativity within project management and all involved departments.


    • Defines and directs the work of cross-functional project teams. Coaches and enables team to succeed at project execution. Sets clear expectations to inspire and engage the team. Works with functional management to provides input for performance-- recognizing achievement, providing feedback and supporting progressive improvement guidance when necessary.
    • Enable and drive world class excellence within project management and product development teams. Define and produce results that are specifically targeted for one or multiple business groups’ product development goals. Lead projects in collaboration with engineering and product management for new product development via the Generac Development Process (GDP).
    • Work with Product Management in creating product development plans that target specific customers’ needs and/or business goals. Drive the transformation of Product Requirements into Project Scope, Design and Product Realization requirements.
    • Effectively manage the development process (e.g. develop schedule/cycle time reduction techniques, process standards for improved predictability and speed, manage process globally/across multiple projects/ locations, meet project and product cost goals). Utilize the Generac Development Process (GDP) Milestones and Design Reviews as key drivers of product development progression.
    • Develop and lead a Risk and Mitigation plan for projects. Define and lead contingency option assessment when needed, then select and execute recovery plans.
    • Manage attributes and decisions specific to any of the product markets such as make vs. buy (globally), shipping and logistics cost, bidding process, optimizing as-delivered cost of components and whole installed products.
    • Achieve target product cost for Generac and product life cycle cost for Customers.
    • Collaborate with engineering, sales, operations, finance, and other departments to implement new product development concepts, technologies, techniques, standards and procedures.
    • Provide project management leadership oversight functions for new product development projects including: creating and maintaining development schedules, executing product development plans (product cost, resources to complete project, quality targets, product specification adherence, development and execution of product verification test plans, product introduction, etc.), interfacing with cross-functional company personnel.
    • Ensure the optimal application of project resources to meet each product development plan.
    • Develop and lead the product development life cycle which includes interaction from the various business segments throughout design, manufacturability, introduction and serviceability, providing our customers the very best in innovation, quality, value and customer satisfaction.
    • Identify, evaluate and document “lessons-learned” during the project and communicate best practices and lessons learned to project team members to implement into future projects via the GDP Post-Launch phase processes.
    • Create and maintain an organizational culture which encourages innovation, collaboration, excitement/commitment and a sense of urgency toward goals, and continuous improvement.
    • Support development of project management talent throughout the company, recommend training and growth plans for employees.
    • Act as a Project Management process development and training leader for specific cross-functional area(s) as assigned.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    Basic Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or equivalent
    • Minimum of 5 - 10 years of progressive work experience in engineering, brand or product management;
    • Minimum of 2 years of project management experience – preferably in a global manufacturing environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Previous people and team project management experience
    • Demonstrated success in influencing people and teams who are not all direct reports
    • Experience with global product releases throughout the entire product life cycle
    • Demonstrated ability to deliver results while working on multiple projects simultaneously, balancing resources, timing and quality of outcomes
    • Demonstrated team building and leadership skills
    • Solid understanding of engineering technical issues/needs, manufacturing, supply chain, service, customer service, financial, sales, and marketing as related to product design and development
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Self-driven, highly motivated, flexible and high capacity to learn
    • Previous experience and leadership using enterprise level business systems for product design, manufacture and sales / distribution

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; and use hands to manipulate objects or controls.  The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.  On occasion the incumbent may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.  The employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific conditions of this job are typical of frequent and continuous computer-based work requiring periods of sitting, close vision and ability to adjust focus. Occasional travel.


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