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Kongsberg Automotive provides world-class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of approx. EUR 1.1 billion and approximately 11.500 employees in 19 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland and has more than 25 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Program Manager - Technical


Normanton, GB, WF6 1TN

Country/Region:  GB

About the position

The Program Manager is responsible for management of program deliverables across a multi-functional team to achieve the agreed program goals and objectives, bringing products and / or systems from strategic identification to running production by planning and co-ordination of the project & RFQ deliverables following KA’s Management System and QA routines, alongside management of the the Passenger Car Application Engineers.  The Program Manager will be the leading customer interface, under-pinning all discussions with a strong product and process technical understanding.


  • To manage cross functional program team’s focus on all given conditions, time schedule and budgets to ensure passage of planned gates on time and in line with POI, KBD-NPI, and PIP planning
  • Host / attend program meetings on an as needed basis (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly etc.) with customer and internal program teams to ensure Kongsberg is meeting customer requirements.
  • Establish and follow up on the main time plan with milestones and project goals
  • Establish project rules and best practice routines
  • Maintain focus on initiated projects to gain additional benefits for the business area through gaining efficiencies in program (operational, design, purchasing)
  • Organize and prioritize time between the management of multiple projects
  • Follow up budget and update prognoses on a monthly basis
  • Run the projects according to KA Management System, Knowledge Based Development – New Product Integration (KBD-NPI) and Product Improvement Process (PIP)
  • Secure the quality of all changes (technical, time plan and economy), using KA’s Engineering Change Management (ECM) or Product Improvement Process (PIP) procedure
  • With reference to KBD-NPI, maintain strong working relationships with all multi-functional teams to affect timely responses to project needs
  • To review project budgets ensuring that projects are delivered within 100 % of budget as signed off at the start of the project, implementing recovery plans where this figure is exceeded
  • Has developed an expertise in managing multiple products with the knowledge and ability to manage launches of multiple product groups at different manufacturing locations.
  • Actively report to Direct Manager successes, areas for improvement and programs at risk in a timely manner to ensure corrective action




  • BS or BA degree with a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience as a program manager in automotive industry (or equivalent)

Practical experience and skills:

  • Leadership, interpersonal skills, personal drive and confidence lead and work with multi-functional teams to earn trust and team support to meet program objectives.
  • Knowledge and experience of PM processes. Experience in production, quality, purchasing, marketing and / or product / process development is desirable
  • Hands-on, team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work within cross functional teams perform successfully in a dynamic, demanding environment
  • Ability to make quick decisions based on a combination of experience as well as advice from other people
  • Results oriented for both short- and long-term objectives
  • Calculated risk taker, with high degree of personal integrity and confidence
  • Ability to produce good written reports and relevant presentations
  • Ability to think clearly and react effectively under pressure while remaining focused on key objectives and strategies
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Special requirements:

  • Able to travel and be effective in a variety of business cultures
  • Familiar with OEMs and Tier one’s processes & projects in Europe
  • Have a good command of spoken and written language within the region employed; a knowledge of second European language would be an advantage.

What we offer

This position is initially offered on a fixed term contract basis for a duration of 6 months, and is likely to become permanent aligned to change within the team.  A competitive salary will be offered based on relevant experience and qualifications.  Benefits include condensed working hours (37.5 hours across 4.5 days with Friday afternoon off), 25 days holiday, 5% employer pension contribution, life assurance, free onsite parking.

Application / Contact

If this sounds interesting and likely the right challenge for you, we look forward to receiving your application!


Please register your CV/resume and cover letter.

Within your application, please inform us regarding your notice period and salary expectations.


The applications will be handled on an ongoing basis and the position may be filled before the application deadline date.

We want your integrity, accountability, creativity and teamwork mindset and skills

In Kongsberg Automotive we embrace diversity within our workforce. We make recruiting decisions based on experience and skills and pride ourselves on having a strong culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness.

We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds, providing a limitless pool of ideas and opportunities, who will incorporate our core values within their work. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles and offer an unlimited contract within a dynamic and international environment with prospects for personal growth.

Welcome to an outstanding career in Kongsberg Automotive!

Application Id:  1274
Posting date::  Apr 25, 2021