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Program Manager - New Product Launch 

About the Organization It is the mission of GSS to be a world class supplier of superior steering products in markets where we elect to compete. It is the focus of GSS to continue with both customer and product diversification with growth initiatives in the global markets where safety critical steering is required.

Over the past forty years, Global Steering Systems has evolved from a division of a high precision bearing company to a stand-alone, privately-held company with operations around the world. At GSS, our focus is on continuous improvement of products, processes and employees for the benefit of all GSS stakeholders. GSS provides solutions for the most demanding steering applications.

With extensive years of technical capability in the area of steering development and engineering, GSS is superior by far in the capability to deliver customer service, technical support and high quality products. With an expanding global footprint, GSS has a physical presence in a multitude of geographic regions in order to expedite the delivery of services and solutions to the automotive markets around the world.  


The Program Manager is responsible for program and project management of various complex, critical and highly visible projects resulting from potential acquisitions, new product introductions, and implementation of new material sources. The Program Manager serves as liaison and point of contact for assigned new product introductions. Representing GSS, in the role of New Product Launch (NPL), the Program Manager will work with Design Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Quality, Manufacturing, the M&A Management Team and Suppliers. This position provides a critical link between GSS's functional groups and suppliers during project proposals, new product introductions, prototype and pilot builds and during due diligence activity for acquisition targets.


  • Lead complex, critical or highly visible projects and cross functional teams (consisting of Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations, Quality and Sales for example) to ensure projects are on time and within budget.
  • Responsible for operational execution to ensure a high quality product is delivered to customer
  • Manage project budget and determining appropriate revenue recognition
  • Analyze project profitability, revenue, and margins
  • Coordinate activities to support engineering sample builds, prototype, pilot and pre-production volumes
  • Report project progress, opportunities, and risks to upper management via Stage gate reviews.
  • Interface with the customer and provide project updates regularly
  • Ensure that all functions are working in sync and escalate issues to management when needed.
  • Lead the APQP activities for the assigned project, ensuring internal APQP milestones and the customer milestones are aligned.
  • Facilitate and lead weekly review meetings with the PDT
  • Maintain the project open issues list, escalating any issues and risks to upper management when necessary.
  • Work with a cross functional team to ensure group milestones and activities are tracked and completed as per the agreed timing
  • Attend customer meetings as the point person between the company and the OEM.
  • Support any root cause analysis, where needed.
  • Attend supplier meetings with purchasing to ensure risk, timing and costs are clearly understood and monitored

The above are principle responsibilities and do not identify all duties inherent in the job.

Position Requirements

Experience and Education Requirements

  • BS degree – Engineering or Technical Discipline preferred. MBA preferred.
  • 5 + years of progressive project management experience

Competencies – Knowledge, skills and characteristics/behaviors

  • Experience coordinating a variety of complex activities involving people at all levels within an organization and with suppliers.
  • Demonstrated business acumen
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and processes of project management
  • Demonstrated success in managing customer facing projects on time and on budget
  • Experience with APQP processes
  • Competence with Microsoft Applications (MS Project, Excel, Word and Powerpoint Understanding of IATF, QS 9000, ISO 9000 or other equivalent quality system
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes - Automotive industry experience preferred
  • Excellent organization and planning skills with the ability to multitask and shift focus quickly and effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and motivate teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with supplier contracts and agreement development, negotiation and implementation

Additional Notes

  • Some travel required
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Program Manager - New Product Launch  
Hiring Manager(s) Heather Waddell  
Location HQ  
EOE Statement We understand a diverse workforce is a creative and productive workforce, helping satisfy the changing and diverse needs of our community, our business partners, and our associates.

Our company supports Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and we will not deny opportunities or benefits in regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, ancestry, past or current mental or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, civil union status, or any other legally protected status.  

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