NPI Program Manager

FLIR Systems - Waterloo, ON (30+ days ago)

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At FLIR, we have a simple but ambitious mission: to develop market-leading thermal and sensing technologies which enhance everyday life. From saving energy, to saving lives FLIR is making a real difference in our world.

Our products are used in a wide array of situations to rescue people in danger, detect criminals, conserve energy, navigate safely, provide security around the globe, and protect our environment.

We are looking for individuals who thrive on making an impact and want the excitement of being on a team that wins.

Job Description

As part of the Operations team, the New Product Introduction (NPI) Program Manager oversees all NPI work and resources to ensure all NPI activities are completed.

As the NPI Program Manager you will:
Be responsible for FLIR’s NPI work and for meeting all NPI deliverables
Participate in cross-functional development of company-wide NPI process
Develop capacity and resource plans for NPI work in partnership with the Director, Operations
Oversee development of assembly and test work Instructions for new products
Oversee transition of new products from NPI to regular production
Cost-benefit analysis for insource/outsource of assembly and test work
Develop NPI tools/templates such as standardized NPI request forms and material consumption
Lead weekly NPI sync meetings between Operations, Software and Hardware Engineering, Test Development, Supply Chain
Manage raw materials through NPI phase
Coach Production Operators on A3s, RCCAs, cost-benefit analysis, process development from the NPI perspective
Lead daily NPI team meetings
Prioritize daily resources to ensure all work is achieved, and work closely with Production Team Leads to ensure resources are properly allocated
Deploy visual management tools for NPI for Manufacturing Team (i.e. Control Board)
Develop & deploy KPIs specific to NPI; update, review and act on these
Lead various Manufacturing-related Hoshin activities as assigned through objective planning process
Participate in development and execution of FLIR’s Continuous Improvement culture
Spec out, purchase and deploy future production and test equipment required for NPI work
Provide back-up coverage for Director, Operations as required
Input into FLIR’s ECO, PCR and test processes
Participate in Operations Gemba walks
Participate in weekly ECO, NPI and other (as required) meetings
Review budget (plan vs actual) and approve purchasing tickets for NPI team
Own other short-term project management duties as required
Continue professional development through management courses (Front Line Leadership) and Leader Standard Work (LSW)

Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications

Post-secondary degree or diploma in Engineering
10+ years of experience in manufacturing environment
5+ years of experience in NPI project management role
In-depth knowledge of Continuous Improvement/Lean Manufacturing concepts (5S, 8 Wastes, Kaizen, Standardized Work, RCCA, A3)
Able to solve problems from symptom to root cause using one of the structured methodologies such as A3, DMAIC, 8 Steps of Problem Solving, RCCA
Able to effectively coach direct and indirect project team members
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Exceptional collaborative and relationship skills, including the ability to discover the true constraints and underlying needs of a team
ITIL and/or PMP certifications are desirable
Experience working with MS Office, ERP/MRP and MES

FLIR and all of our employees are committed to conducting business with the highest ethical standards. We require all employees to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, rules and regulatory orders. Our reputation for honesty, integrity and high ethics is as important to us as our reputation for making innovative sensing solutions.

FLIR is an equal opportunity employer.