Program Manager, Vehicle

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space, but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you. 

We feel exactly the same way. 

Drive Forward. Introduce yourself to us and let’s start a conversation. 

We’re currently on the lookout for someone to lead and manage the development and execution of our product programs on our beautiful Class 8 Battery Electric Vehicle, and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, as we bring our disruptive technology to market. The Program Manager will plan, schedule, organize, direct and control the program deliverables on an aggressive timeline. 

In this role, you will focus on cost, quality and timing and ensure the team drives and completes the phase-gate review process for each phase of the project. 

Good problem-solving skills with first-hand knowledge of program/project management principles is an absolute must as you:

  • Lead the development and execution of the master program schedule
  • Work closely with Product Management team on program content development
  • Drive the development of the business case for program
  • Collaborate closely with across departments (marketing, engineering, sales, supply chain, finance, quality, etc.), holding the team accountable to ensure program deliverables are met
  • Drive “Plan for every part” from each team
  • Coordinate Program Team agenda, facilitate meetings, and document decisions
  • Use risk management approach to anticipate and prevent problems from occurring, elevate risks to management when/if they occur
  • Coordinate and conduct Project Gate Reviews for senior leadership
  • Provide regular project status reports to senior management
  • Support Change Management process, including screening and change approval board meetings
  • Ensure internal / external customer voices are understood and comprehended in program decision making
  • Function in an advisory capacity to other functions supporting the program execution team
Additionally, the role requires:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • PMP Certification is preferred
  • Excellent planning, collaboration, and facilitation skills to coordinate and leverage capabilities across a highly matrixed organization involving multiple products, channels & functions
  • Experience with vehicle electrification programs
  • High level of analytical ability where problems are unusual and difficult
  •  and key performance indicators / metrics
  • Ability to plan and manage complex projects crossing over many departmental lines, and take vague assignments to completion
  • Effective communication skills, written and oral, to all levels of the organization
  • Strong organizational skills
  • High Energy / Flexible / Adaptable / Dynamic / “can-do” attitude
  • High comfort and confidence level while giving presentations to room of peers and/or stakeholders
  • Ability to influence and thrive within a rapidly changing / growing matrix organization
  • Ability to travel regionally and internationally ~ 10-20%

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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