Generac Power Systems

  • Engineering Project Leader (Project Manager I)

    Job Locations US-WI-Waukesha
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Posted Date
    2 months ago(5/29/2018 10:01 AM)
    ENG - Engineering
  • Overview

    Generac Power Systems – Work with the leader in the power industry!    We are expanding our Project Management team and have added a Project Lead/Project Manager I position to the team.   This position may be based in either our Waukesha HQ or in our Jefferson facility. 


    The Engineering Project Lead is responsible for planning and executing small-to-moderate scale product development activities including new product introductions, cost reduction, technology/research, and lifecycle product support.  The position requires technical and cross-functional product development knowledge, proficiency in quality systems, functional and basic program management experience and business planning skills. 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 support for projects supporting a Generac business area / product line. 


    This position reports to the Director of Project Managment for Engineering. 



    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Directs the work of cross-functional project teams. Guides 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.
    • Lead projects in collaboration with engineering and product management for new product development via the Generac Development Process (GDP).
    • 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. 
    • Guide decisions specific to any of the projects 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 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 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.
    • Support an organizational culture which encourages innovation, collaboration, excitement/commitment and a sense of urgency toward goals, and continuous improvement.

    Performs other duties as assigned.


    Basic Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Industrial, Chemical or Software), Engineering Technology/Management, Computer Science or other directly engineering-related area);
    • 3 years of experience in product design/development focused in engineering, brand or product management of equipment, machinery or other powered products;
    • 1 year of project experience in manufacturing of equipment, machinery or other powered products.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering;
    • 5 years of experience in product design/development focused in engineering, brand or product management of equipment, machinery or other powered products;
    • 2 years of project experience with cross functional teams and 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;
    • Basic team building and leadership skills in working with others who are not direct reports;
    • Excellent communication skills;
    • Self-driven, highly motivated, flexible and high capacity to learn;
    • Exposure to enterprise level business systems for product design, manufacture and sales / distribution.


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