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Senior Engineer Cost Out Program Manager

Job Description SummaryThe Senior Engineer – Cost Out Program Management NPI Platform (in short: Program Manager) is accountable to deliver the NPI Engineering Cost Out program predictably On-time, On-Cost, On-Budget & To-Spec. The Program manager achieves this by not only managing the Engineering scope but also ensures seamless alignment with the other disciplines in the Offshore Wind Organization (Supply Chain, PMO, Services, Finance) and Suppliers.

The role of Program Manager is part of the EPM (Engineering Program Management) and Regulatory Compliance team within the Offshore Wind Engineering organization and integral owner of the NPI Engineering Cost Out program. The role reports to the NPI Program Portfolio Manager and is supported by a team of schedulers within the EPM team.

The Program Manager will be responsible to identify new Cost Out ideas and manage the pipeline of new Ideas to manage them from idea identification, prioritization, and down selection to detailed design execution. The Program Manager needs to maximize the output of the NPI Engineering teams within given limits of budget and resources, resulting in resourced and baselined schedules in Primavera P6 to execute and control the Cost Out Program in a clear operating rhythm with the assigned Engineering teams.

The Program Manager will be instrumental in providing weekly progress updates and contributes to input for NPI program reviews to support business decision making around bottlenecks within the overall Offshore Wind NPI program portfolio in Engineering.

In addition, the Program Manager contributes to, and leads Process- and Tools development for the Engineering Program Management function, leading to overall streamlined and standardized resource management, scheduling and budgeting processes.

Essential Responsibilities

In your role as Program Manager, you will be integrally responsible for the Cost of our Wind Turbine products in NPI from an Engineering perspective. At the same time, the Quality of the design, timely execution of the program and owning/controlling the Program budget & resources are essential. To meet these objectives, you will:

·         Drive a strong partnership with the Supply Chain Cost out leader, Cost out Product Line leader and Engineering team leaders.

·         Breakdown wind turbine cost targets from the Product Line team in achievable System or subsystem targets for the engineering teams.

·         Drive and contribute to Cost Out idea identification workshops within engineering team and other stakeholders (Supply chain, project execution, suppliers, other partners) to increase the Cost Out idea pipeline.

·         Contribute to improvements of the cross functional Cost Out process, working with the other Cost Out leaders in the organization.

·         Breakdown the targets from Product Line in logical projects, activities and milestones, as well as defining and managing the budget and resource needs for the Cost Out program.

·         Work closely with the technical Lead Systems Engineer(s) to establish technical logical relationships to activities within the Cost Out Program.

·         Negotiate resource needs for the programs with line managers, including strategic one-year look-ahead.

·         Ensure that the engineering team assigned to the Program is focused to clear outcome and ensure the one person- one task principle is applied wherever possible to enhance employee satisfaction and -productivity.

·         Optimize resource usage for the Cost Out program in collaboration with colleague PM´s and NPI Portfolio Manager, escalate resource conflicts to Leadership with proposed solutions.

·         Collaborate with colleague PM´s to define inter-program interface milestones, both internally in Engineering as well as cross-functionally.

·         Own the Program budget and lead the S2/ops planning for the Cost Out Program and ensure continuous budget follow-up throughout the year.

·         Gather inputs and lead process- and tools improvement (Budget, schedule, resource management and functional product requirements flow down) for the EPM function.

·         Provide transparent status and reporting to management and the team on weekly basis, own the NPI Cost Out Program metrics and KPI´s and create visibility of metrics and progress at the workplace. KPI´s and metrics to include both project management KPI´s as well as product KPI´s. (e.g. Cost, Mass)

·         Define Program de-risking plans for high-risk activities within the program and execute them.

·         Prepare and report out Program status, needs, and prioritization / issue resolution proposals for the monthly NPI platform review

·         Serve as Engineering contact for the NPI Cost Out Program towards other functions & ensure cross-functional program milestones are aligned & included in Primavera P6

·         Drive for continuous improvement culture: Share lessons-learned with other PM´s / colleagues, and initiate mitigation actions based on KPI trends.

·         Coordinate with Customer Project Requisition Engineers cut-in strategy of customer unit BoM´s, ensure Cost Out is aligned with Customer project needs.

·         Ensure F&A readiness for customer projects

·         Drive for simplification wherever possible.

Qualifications / Requirements

·         Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Civil Engineering, or equivalent

·         Minimum 8 years’ experience in project management in an engineering environment

·         Minimum 5 years’ experience in Engineering Cost Out Project Management

·         Working level experience with project management software, e.g. MS Project

·         Experience with and track record of implementation of tools and methods in an engineering environment, preferably related to scheduling & resource management

·         Working knowledge of Finance, relevant to the Engineering function

·         Advanced level of Technical-Business English, both verbally and in writing.

·         Good communication, interpersonal, leadership, influencing and presentation skills, including ability to work across cultural boundaries in a global team

·         Team player and ability to self-direct

·         Steps up in times of crisis and leads the team by example

·         Demonstrated creativity and problem-solving capabilities

·         Diligent record keeping, acute attention to detail, while keeping an eye on the big picture.

·         General PC proficiency (Microsoft Office); deep Microsoft Excel proficiency

·         Knowledge of business analytics software such as Power BI, Tableau

·         Strong technical aptitude, including project management and applicable engineering tools and systems

·         Organizational and documentation skills (keep track of multiple issue statuses and remaining actions to drive to closure)

·         Comfortable working in a matrix structure.

Desired Characteristics

·         Master of Science degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Civil Engineering or equivalent

·         PMP® Certification or equivalent education in project management (e.g. 1-year master’s in project management)

·         Working knowledge of Wind Turbine Mechanical and Electrical Systems; experience in a similar role in the Wind Industry

·         Working experience with Primavera P6 as a Project Manager

·         Knowledge of GE Renewables organization and equipment designs

·         Experience with development and delivery of training material

·         Experience related to leading change in an Engineering environment.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

Senior Engineer Cost Out Program Manager

Full time

Published on 01/04/2022

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