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Plant Program Manager

A Plant Program Manager emphasizes the coordinating and prioritizing of resources across programs, departments, and entities to ensure that resource contention is managed from a global focus.
Primary Responsibilities:
Work with customers, quality, manufacturing, process engineering, purchasing, account managers, and tech center personnel on initiating all activities and requirements to successfully manage project requests, pre- launch, launch, and SOP through EOL.
Directs activities of plant cross-functional teams.
Prepare and maintain project timelines and customer readiness forms, and monitor progress for multiple product builds.
Work with plant team members to initiate and complete the PPAP package.
Interface with customers on complaint issues and liaise with Quality personnel throughout the life of the program.
Coordinate and monitor sources for tooling, fixtures, materials and equipment needed for secondary operations.
May assist the Tech Center in preparation and/or distribution of order entry packets.
Liaise with Tech Center for costing for automotive component and dunnage projects.
Manage initial customer purchase orders, verify accuracy, work issues when discrepancies exist, disseminate information in the plant.
May act as the Sonoco administrator on customer web sites.
Make plant & customer visits; lead weekly Program meetings;
Leads regular program meetings and participate in tool kick off meetings.
Obtain customer data and customer prints, from Tech Center, monitor print level and coordinate with the plant.
Submit packaging proposal on customer forms, obtain approval, and coordinate with Tech Center and/or returnable container supplier.
Lead feasibility meetings with the plant cross functional teams on new product feasibility requests. Provide detail feasibility feedback to the sales organization.
Meets the customers' timing, submission and quality requirements.
Working with customers to launch new designs into production and implementing product changes.
Participating in New Product Introduction reviews and communicating results to customer.
Coordinate or lead cross-functional teams to design and implement systems and processes to meet unique customer business needs and/or product requirements.
Following up on project milestones.
Files program information and customer documents into corporate data management system.
Periodic:
Make plant & customer visits.
Fill out customer surveys.
Lead weekly program meetings.
Manage customer purchase orders, verify accuracy, and work issues when discrepancies exist.
EDUCATION/SPECIAL SKILLS/EXPERIENCE/TRAINING:
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) from an accredited university in Mechanical Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field.
1+ years' experience in design, or automotive quality management experience strongly desired.
1+ year experience in manufacturing highly desired
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