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Mechanical Project Manager

Southfield, MI
Position Overview
The Mechanical Project Manager is responsible for the leadership and successful execution of a project from inception (job launch) to completion (final customer acceptance) within a defined budget and scope. The Project Manager motivates and leads their team(s) to jointly reach all project goals, while increasing Company’s profitability and securing repeat business with customers.  
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
  • Lead domestic and international projects through all milestone phases pre-launch through project closure while inspiring confidence in the team and management
  • Facilitate relationship between customer and Company, strengthening relationship through the life of the project by providing exemplary customer service and communication
  • Determine a project budget after collaboration with Project Controller, Sales and Engineering, and manage projects to achieve or exceed profit expectations
  • Collaborate with the Project Controller as a strategic partner to address any issues that could affect project financials; meet regularly with Project Controller and Resource Managers to monitor project progress and budget limits, coordinate with the Project Controller to monitor, document, and continuously manage project risks and opportunities and document and drive action/recovery plans as required
  • Construct project timelines, monitor and manage those timelines to achieve all delivery milestones
  • Organize project meetings, issue minutes, track and report project progress with team members and follow up on action items
  • Facilitate the team in reviewing milestones, examining potential operational issues/risks, outlining and proposing solutions and identifying actions  
  • Establish and maintain long term, positive working relationships with internal team members, customers and suppliers; serve as a liaison between internal management and project team members
  • Direct engineers in the successful delivery of technical projects, while managing several projects simultaneously
  • Manage all project variations in a timely manner, ensuring clear agreement is reached with customers
  • Assist in achieving Company’s strategic objectives by aligning resources with goals and pursuing opportunities that meet the department’s objectives
  • Follow all Company policies and procedures diligently and effectively
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to adapt to tight timelines, work with limited resources and still deliver on time and within scope
  • Ability and willingness to learn about new products and components quickly and effectively in order to meet deadlines and budget restrictions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in project management, with high analytical and organizational skills, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, to organize and prioritize tasks, make appropriate decisions, and be comfortable in a setting where schedules and priorities change daily 
  • Understand and possess the ability to communicate technical concepts to other team members and customers 
  • Ability to work with little direction and/or supervision
  • Basic understanding of accounting and finance principals
Special Position Requirements
  • Requires excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to find ways to work under pressure and still make deadlines without cutting corners or endangering the safety of himself/herself or others, or the integrity of the equipment and the employer as a whole
  • Requires ability to interact professionally with customers and suppliers who may, occasionally be difficult to deal with
  • Intermediate leadership capabilities and an ability to work with all levels of an organization
  • Domestic and International travel to customer sites which may include weekends and holidays
  • Ability to resolve conflict while keeping relationships in tact
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in an Engineering or Business Discipline and/or minimum 10 years of Project Management experience in an automotive manufacturing environment
  • Experience with the use of Microsoft Office programs, such as Project, Outlook, Excel, Word, Access, Power-point, etc
  • Ability to maintain data within current ERP system; proficiency with SAP preferred
  • 2 – 4 years working knowledge of manufacturing type contracts, preferably in the machine tool, automation and/or industrial filtration industries
  • 2 – 4 years working knowledge of equipment, process, and commonly used design practices for Automation and Industrial Filtration Systems  
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical, electrical, controls and software engineering terms and principals

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