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Program Manager

bw_wordkay_placeAuburn Hills - Michigan - USA

bw_wordkay_timeFeb 11, 2019

bw_wordkay_optionFull time



Reliably delivering what’s needed today

There are few challenges as important today as creating solutions that support a cleaner, more energy-efficient world. This requires a commitment to constantly improve the transportation of people and things.  We, at BorgWarner, made that commitment decades ago and have since been creating technologies to improve efficiency, emissions and performance in all types of vehicles.

Constantly pursuing what’s next

Our proven track record has made us industry leader in clean, energy-efficient propulsion system solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. We uncover strong trends and use smart science and technology to address a future based on varying regulations, consumer demands and automaker requirements.

Product leadership that’s changing the world

Our employees have earned trusted partnerships with customers and suppliers around the world.  We leverage these relationships to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges at hand and then do what it takes to develop the next solution.  Our strong operations and commercialization expertise result in high volume availability of competitive, efficient products that truly drive change.

BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems (PDS) is currently looking for a “dynamic, results driven” individual to join as Program Manager at the BorgWarner Propulsion Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI.

The Program Manager leads a cross-functional Program Team to achieve defined  business objectives and customer requirements according to the PowerDrive Systems (PDS) Development Process.  The Program Manager is accountable for the performance and success of the Program Team without any direct organizational reporting relationship. 

The Program Manager may be assigned to multiple Program types;

  • New business pursuits
  • New product or new business launches
  • Current production applications

    The Program Manager must work at all levels, internal and external to BorgWarner, to ensure successful Program execution.


  • Accountable for successful Program execution
    • Manages and executes the Program based on the PDS Development Process to meet defined metrics
    • Drives accountability and action within the Program Team
  • Leadership
    • Leads cross-functional Program Team to achieve success based on BW PDS metrics and customer requirements
      • Drives consistently positive dynamics and interactions within the Program Team
      • Organizes and facilitates team meetings at the necessary frequency
    • Communicates effectively
      • Bases communication in a fundamental understanding of BorgWarner and customer norms, values, and expectations
    • Achieves results through influence leadership
      • Leads by example
      • Provides appropriate constructive feedback where necessary to help team members be more effective
      • Ensures Program Team has resources to succeed
      • Instills clear and executable vision for the Program and the team
    • Demonstrates a positive attitude
      • Approaches Program execution and challenges with a professional, positive attitude
      • Respectfully challenges all levels within the organization when appropriate
    • Demonstrates strong problem solving skills
    • Manages conflict
      • Deals with conflict swiftly, constructively, and decisively, inside and outside of BorgWarner, regardless of levels in the organization
      • Deals with conflict in an unbiased and arbitrating manner
      • Seeks compromise, but does not lose sight of the Program objectives
  • Understands and applies financial concepts
    • Understands key drivers of Program financials
    • Ensures that Program financials are factored into all business decisions
  • Manages risk within the Program
    • Escalates and drives issues appropriately (both internally and externally) to secure the necessary support to resolution
    • Respectfully challenges for key information, rationales, root causes, evidence, desired outcomes, next steps
  • Champions transparency and compliance to APQP-based PDS Development Process
    • Documents and articulates all aspects of the Program in thorough, accurate, and timely fashion
    • Ensure sufficient resources are allocated to the Program(s)
  • Manages customer relationship
    • Represents BorgWarner PDS credibly and confidently in front of all levels of the customer organization
    • Champions the customer’s needs within BorgWarner PDS
  • Possesses a high level of product and process knowledge
    • Applies a high level of product knowledge including design, specifications, applications, and system integration
    • Applies a high level of relevant manufacturing knowledge including BW processes, supplier processes, capital equipment and tooling
  • Demonstrates strong problem solving skills

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Minimum Qualifications)

Education, Skills, Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or related discipline required
  • 5+ years experience in business, engineering, or manufacturing (automotive driveline or powertrain preferred)
  • Product and process launch experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience and training
  • Effective, professional verbal and written communication skills to interface with all levels BorgWarner, external customers, and suppliers
  • Languages: English and customer specific language depending upon Program assignment(s)
  • Proficient in computer skills for industry standard word processing, spreadsheet, intranet, and PLM software
  • Travel requirements depend upon Program assignment(s)

Key Competencies

Building Effective Teams

Drive for Results

Customer Focus

Motivating Others

Process Management

Functional/Technical Skills

Decision Quality

Business Acumen

Priority Setting

Organizational Agility



Powertrain / Driveline Experience

Experience in Powertrain / Driveline components / systems strongly preferred

Launch Experience

Demonstrated success launching complex, critical programs strongly preferred

This position will adhere to Global Star Safety Program, including safety rules, practices and training as outlined in the BorgWarner PTC Safety Policy Manual, which includes the use of equipment, protective devices, or clothing that the employer requires.  This individual will work in manners that stress the importance of preventing accidents and illnesses.  He/she must take every precaution reasonable in the given circumstance for the protection of themselves and co-workers.  In addition, he/she is responsible for reporting all injuries and/or possible dangerous situations, incidents, or occurrences to the immediate supervisor.

EEO Statement

BorgWarner is an equal employment opportunity employer such that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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