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Program Manager

Position: Program Manager
Reports to: Vice President, General Manager
Location: Atlanta, GA
Job Summary
The Program Manager is responsible for all phases of a program from concept through development and commercialization. As a member of the Crane Merchandising Systems Team, he or she oversees projects that will deliver enhancements to our equipment platforms using the NPD (New Product Development) lifecycle. This position will be accountable to deliver the project objectives, ROI, and transition into production. This position is expected to manage the project schedule to ensure safety, quality, on-time delivery, cost, scope, risks, change control and communication. The Program Manager will report directly to the VPGM with a dotted line into Engineering. The Program Manager will provide and ensure good project management practices are employed throughout the lifecycle of the project.
Overall Responsibilities and Duties
Manage all tasks of several mechanical, electronics, and or embedded software systems-based projects through the complete product development lifecycle.
Develop schedules for projects using Crane Merchandising tools and best practices, based on either agile or waterfall lifecycle models. Be a champion for both the NPD tollgate process and the agile software development lifecycle, depending on which process the project is following.
Shepard our PMO office by defining the standards and the standard work for all programs; proactively owning and driving the standard and continuous improvement to our processes.
Use business objectives and engineering analysis to define overall timelines for projects. Create detailed schedules by breaking down high level deliverables into granular tasks that can be accurately estimated. Build consensus on schedules based on VP of engineering, product manager, development lead and individual team member inputs.
Ensure cross-functional team performance to schedule through a regular cadence (daily or weekly) of progress review with appropriate follow-up actions to ensure on time delivery of the project. Ensure that progress reports made by team members are accurate and reliable.
Communicate effectively with senior management, cross functional peers and the development team
Proactively identify and manage gaps in scheduled tasks, schedule misses or slippage by identifying early when tasks are off track, and working with team members and functional managers to develop strategies to correct.
Calculate and budget project expenses and capital requirements; track and manage project spend to maintain budget expectations.
As needed perform other duties/projects as assigned
COMPETENCIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
Excellent influencing skills, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
An intense focus and drive towards continuous improvement
Ability to establish credibility and be decisive and able to recognize and support the organization's preferences and priorities
Results and people oriented with sound judgment-ability to balance other business considerations
Team player - able to work effectively in a matrix organization
Excellent communication skills verbally and in writing
Up to 50% travel
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline, management or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Mechanical or Electrical engineering training and or experience highly valued.
5+ years product development in a stage-gate driven product development environment (leadership or individual contributor role).
5+ years direct project management is strongly preferred
PMP certification in project management or Agile project management is strongly preferred.
In our efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace, Crane Merchandising Systems requires that candidates complete a satisfactory


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