Project Manager

Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Posted: 01/19/2024 Employment Type: Contract to Perm Industry: Engineering Job Number: CM50151519

Job Description

  • $40-$55 ( If hold previous Automation experience, hourly wage could be at a higher pay rate offering) 
  • 6 months Contract to Hire
Project Managers are given full responsibility for managing all aspects of assigned projects. They are accountable for executing these projects on-time, on-budget, within quality and safety standards and to the as-sold scope defined by the contract. In order to carry out this responsibility, their authority to manage and control their projects must be established. The purpose of this Project Management Charter is to:
  • Formally establish the Project Manager’s rights, authority, and obligations to make scope, schedule, and cost decisions on a project.
  • Define the responsibilities of the Department Managers specific to the support of the project management process.
  • Establish Senior Management commitment and support for the project management function. Sum Project Authority
Necessary Requirements
  1. Combined 10+ years of project management and/or comparable management experience along with a verifiable record of results in both disciplines.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  3. Strong technical background that should include knowledge of industrial capital equipment & components and a good understanding of cross-functional responsibilities is required.
  4. Experience with international projects including complex banking instruments and Incoterms.
  5. Proven ability to lead/direct assignments and development of projects
  6. Commercial contract knowledge and experience
  7. Intermediate user of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint) and MS Project
  8. Experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  9. Ability to adapt to changes and work with people to overcome challenges and be able to resolve dispute within the project team.
  10. Professional interpersonal skills (oral & written communication and persuasion skills) to build internal and external relationships. Actively listens, probes, and identifies concerns.  Understands our core customer’s business and speaks their language; Develops credibility, loyalty, trust, and commitment.
Optional Requirements
  • MBA degree
  • Experience with metal processing / plant operations environment
  • Project management certification (PMI) degree
  • Experience with SAP (Systems, Applications and Products)
  • Experience in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Business Finance Experience
  • 3+ years of experience in a management role
Full time. Up to 50% travel required typically for more than one week at a time, depending on the needs of the project, to customer offices or production locations, Client production locations, etc.The Project Manager is identified as the “CEO of the project” as such, Project Manager has the right, obligation, and authority on the project to:
  • Coordinate with departments to develop the Project Management Plan.Provide leadership to execute the project within the Project Management Plan.
  • Obtain the support from the Department Managers, and any other external sources to execute the Project Management Plan, including resource allocation.
  • Hold team members accountable to their commitments and escalate critical issues to Senior Management.
  • Manage all elements of the contract scope change process within Level of Authority Procedure in place.
  • Make scope, schedule and, within the Level of Authority procedure, cost decisions necessary to execute the Project Management Plan.
  • Review and approve, all actual and potential budget deviations.
  • Be aware, at all times, of all aspects and status of the Project Management Plan.
  • Identify, assess, and manage all project risks and variances that may adversely impact project execution.
  • Subject to internal procedure, manage the customer, supplier, and internal relationships.
  • Subject to Quality Assurance policies, delay shipment of a project in order to ensure satisfactory completion of all scope and quality requirements.
  • Subject to HSE policies, interrupt execution of work performed in non-compliance environment
  • Subject to internal procedures, bring the Project to closure per defined closing processes.
  • Have a conduct representing Client’ s leadership, internally, with suppliers and customers.
  • Adhere to and promote the Client Code of Conduct.
Signature Authority
Subject to the Level of Authority procedure, Project Manager has the signature authority for:
  • Commitments to Customers: Change Orders submittal and acceptance.
  • Commitments to Suppliers: Purchase Orders or Subcontractor Agreements, Change Orders, Invoice approval.
Financial Authority
  • Within the Levels of Authority procedure, the Project Manager has the authority to make all decisions necessary to execute the Project Management Plan.  This authority comes with the responsibility and accountability for both the project budget and gross margin commitment. 
Project Managers have a responsibility to ensure regular, timely and accurate forecasts for all assigned projects. These forecasts will be based on “good faith” cost-to-complete by the Department Managers and any other forecasted cost-to-complete required to the proper and complete execution of each project. Said forecasts will be analyzed by the Project Manager for their accuracy and reliability. High potential project risks and opportunities will be appropriately factored into these forecasts. Focus to be on consistency in the project gross margin from month-to-month.
Project Managers must manage the scope of the project as defined, and as such, manage changes to the base scope as defined in the Change Management procedure. Any generated delay in project progress or request for scope change should be thoroughly documented immediately and financial compensation sought.
Cash Management
Project Managers are expected to manage the cash plan with an objective to drive improvement to this plan where possible. Acceptance of this authority gives the Project Manager the right and obligation to:
  • Manage all payment milestones per the contracts, including accurate forecasting of all payments.
  • Manage customer invoices, within contractual conditions and Client’ directives and guidelines to optimize collection of cash.
  • Ensure outstanding receivables related to open project issues are promptly solved.
  • When necessary, coordinate between Finance, Sales, and the Customer to optimize cash collection.
  • Access to the aging report for account receivables.
  • Provide Procurement Department with specific schedule input to optimize cash flow.
Resource Management Authority
  • The Project Manager is expected to manage a cross-functional core team of people to perform all project work.  While Department Managers are responsible to properly assign resources to projects Project Managers have the right to participate in the decisions regarding team member selection and the prerogative to ask for replacement of team member.  Regardless of final decision, it remains Project Manager’s responsibility to successfully manage the project.
  • It is understood that this reporting relationship is temporary in nature and the Project Manager is focused on the best interest of the project. In this temporary role, project team members are accountable to the Project Manager as well as to their Department Manager.
Customer Relationship Management Authority
Project Manager’s relationship with Customer is one of temporary nature (life of the project). Through this temporary relationship, Project Manager plays a key role and will be the point of contact with the Customer for all issues pertaining to the project. In that role, Client recognizes an opportunity for Project Manager to help in building stronger relationships with Customers.Notwithstanding the above, Client sales people are fully responsible for developing and maintaining the overall and long-term relationships with Customers. As such, sales management must retain full authority for managing these overall relationships.On occasion, Customer and project objectives may conflict. Client anticipates these situations may give rise to conflict between Sales personnel and Project Managers. To avoid both compromising project objectives and damaging Customer relationships, sales and project management are to consult and agree on strategies. Where agreements cannot be reached regarding strategies, Senior Management will make the final decision.
Supplier Relationship Management Authority
Supplier purchases represent a significant portion of the cost of our manufacturing solutions. Project Managers are responsible for the budgets allocated to procurement. As such and subject to Client procurement procedures, Project Managers have a right to be involved in the pre-qualification, selection, and approval processes as well as the right of final decision.
Quality Management Authority
Project Manager has the responsibility to ensure that the Quality Assurance measures, tool and techniques are applied to the project at all times. Recognizing supplier quality may be impacted by commercial factors such as cost and delivery, Project Managers have the right to take commercial actions to bring resolution to quality issues.
Health, Safety and Environment AuthorityClient and its Senior Management recognize that Health, Safety and Environment are of utmost importance. The Project Manager, as a representative for Client, has the responsibility to promote Client’ HSE values, ensure that all HSE requirement are in place and has the authority to stop any work performed in non-compliance with Client’ requirements.
For a candidate to be effective and successful in this demanding position, they should be able to demonstrate strong virtues and characteristics such as the following:
  • Business Acumen: Able to focus on delivering services in a way that enhances / maximizes profitability; ensure that team delivers service in a way that brings out the organization's value and competitive advantage; manage against a budget; educate team on important developments within the organization; discuss relevant industry developments with team.
  • Entrepreneurial Drive for Results: The ability to find creative solutions and generate results in a dynamic market environment.   Need to have a strong sense of urgency and the ability to infuse that in others.  Tireless work ethic is a given.
  • Influencing & Communication Skills: Keen listening, open-mindedness, and strong interpersonal skills so that necessary alliances with internal & external groups can be forged and developed quickly. Comfortable communicating both formally and informally with senior executives and communicate openly and equitably with peers & subordinates throughout CLIENT & customer organizations.
  • Technical / Functional Understanding: Able to serve as a source of technical / functional issues & perspective to others; demonstrate a breadth of technical/functional knowledge outside of core specialty; provide others with opportunities for technical growth; develop the technical competence of others as a way to achieve results; hold people accountable for technical excellence.
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