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Senior Program Manager

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0008850
Date Posted: Oct 7, 2022
Segment: Industry
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Company Name: Sullair, LLC
Profession (Job Category): Project/Program Management
Job Type (Experience Level): Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

Owns and leads multiple-product initiatives. The Program Manager will use informal leadership to drive cross-functional teams for program success. Programs managed will be manufacturing process-oriented, but could include product and IT initiatives that are highly visible and strategic. Projects likely may involve global resources.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Ability to manage cross-functional product development teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to move from a broad business strategy to hands on project leadership. Must be able to work with all levels and all regions within the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct others in developing sound and creative solutions to complex problems in a timely basis.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks, using thorough analysis, effective delegation, sound judgment and timely decision making.
  • Positive attitude and the ability to build good working relationships with others, both internal and externally.
  • Manage conflicting goals and develop action plans to meet customer needs.
  • Effective leadership under pressure, able to implement change and make solid decisions in a fast-paced product development environment.
  • Resilient, pro-active and confident in the face of conflict.
  • Proven ability to build effective teams and drive for results.
  • Proven experience offering unique and innovative solutions to difficult development challenges.
  • Communicate and coordinate within all functions of the organization, as well as with key suppliers, vendors and sometimes customers. Must be able to successfully influence internal and external contacts regarding highly complex and sensitive topics. Ensure that program team members and other support functions own and use Sullair’s Global product development process.
  • Is the one voice for his/her assigned programs and requires collaborative integration within the organization. The person in this role will have ultimate responsibility for meeting key program schedule milestones, cost objectives, budget objectives and design guide criteria from cradle to grave.
  • Facilitates and leads the scoping of new projects including technical requirements, resource needs, launch timing targets and financial targets.
  • Creates and maintains project schedules, tracking progress toward objectives and resource levels compared to what was planned.
  • Advocates on behalf of the project to creatively solve problems affecting project delivery.
  • Guards against changes that may affect the project budget or timing, scoping the impact of any necessary changes and presents change orders to leadership for decision.
  • Ensure that program team members and other support functions own and follow Sullair’s Phase Gate Process.
  • Accountable for the capture of knowledge/lessons learned associated with these new projects for future reference.



  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing or Equivalent Degree.
  • MS Degree a plus.
  • PMP Certification a plus.
  • Six Sigma Black or Green Belt Certification a plus.

Professional experience:

  • 10 years of experience in leading cross-functional teams in a manufacturing environment. Minimum of 5 years as a Project Manager.
  • Experience with Microsoft Project or Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Software Programs.
  • Experience in using Phase/Toll Gate Design Process is required.
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills are required.

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Sullair is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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