Sr. Program Manager

13600 Industrial Park Blvd

Minneapolis, MN 55441
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Sr. Program Manager

Job Description
The SR. Program Manager role will liaise with a variety of teams to manage projects in engineering, systems & controls and product management areas. The primary responsibilities will focus on managing NPI (New Product Introduction), cost improvement projects and project teams. Manage and maintain the NPI process. Focus these efforts on the company’s strategic goals and the specific projects’ tactical goals. This position will report to the Project Management Office (PMO) Director.

Daikin Applied is interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor employment based visas.



A degree in Business, Engineering, or a related field from a four-year college or university is required. An advanced degree is highly preferred.
Project Management Certification highly preferred.
A minimum of 20 years of experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Project Management.
Experience required in the following: Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), Lean, SCRUM, and/or Agile Development.
Track record of successful project management and team leadership experience.
Strong knowledge of quality and design engineering, manufacturing, specifications, testing, and inspections.
Superior interpersonal & communication skills with a unique ability to influence people, articulate ideas, and lead highly productive technical teams.
Executive presence demonstrated leadership characteristics of self-motivation, confidence, influence, integrity, and professional savvy.
Ability to quantify results, lead change, and interface with all levels of the organization.
Demonstrated proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), MS Project, Visio, etc.
Travel on an as-needed basis; 20-25% annually.

Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certification
Experience with project management enterprise systems like Project Online, Project Server and/or Azure DevOps
Exceptional communication skills across all levels of the organization and cross functional, well developed listening skills, and ability to interpret business and/or client needs
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Coach and direct reports driving Engineering Project Governance:
Provide oversight for the Engineering portion of high visibility Enterprise projects to ensure they are on track and meet required goals.
Act as a partner and guide the prioritization for Engineering and business leadership during the project selection process.
Lead, facilitate, and support Actions to drive improvements across major programs such as Program Management, Continuous Improvement, and Project Management in order to have clear timelines, metrics, deliverables, and measurable benefits.
Monitoring and Reporting Performance:

Enable and facilitate standardized Metrics and Reporting. Provide metrics to internal and external customers to facilitate improved decision making
Relationship Management and Leadership:

Build talent through a learning environment, helping team members realize their potential
Exemplify our Engineering team principles: Passion, Excellence, Accountability, and Teamwork
Establish and foster an environment of Continuous Engineering Process Improvement
Serve as a key member of the Engineering leadership team and help to execute an aggressive growth strategy which includes significant change management for the development and implementation of Daikin Applied America’s New Product Development.
Create the vision and strategy that drives continuous improvement in terms of cost reduction (CIP), productivity gains, and best practices to ensure consistent product quality across all functions and facilities.
Ensure all improvement initiatives support all elements of the organization inclusive of the customer experience and front/back-office operations.
Create an organizational training strategy that supports the continuous improvement culture including basic knowledge, process improvement, root cause analysis, maintenance, etc.
Provide executive oversight for all Kaizen, Continuous Improvement, and CIP projects.
Establish and implement a process for standard communication of continuous improvement initiatives across the organization and perform periodic audits to ensure the process is consistent.
Coordinate and lead executive meetings for the purpose of selecting improvement projects, report progress on current projects, and maintain standardization of processes.
Develop and implement opportunity assessment and realization scorecards for improvement in business performance across all areas of the business.

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