Senior Project Manager Propulsion Testing

Phoenix, Arizona


The Senior Project Manager will manage the planning, scheduling, procurement of test articles/equipment/materials, and track/report testing progress and test issues for all Propulsion testing activities including fuel cell, powertrain, and battery testing. The senior project engineer will also coordinate and manage the test lab(s) and equipment commissioning activities and schedules and identify roadblocks and risks.

  • Superior interpersonal, planning, budgeting, and technical writing skills
  • Manage construction and commissioning of powertrain, fuel cell, and battery test facilities
  • Understanding of fuel cell, powertrain, and/or battery validation testing a huge plus
  • Identify and report roadblocks and risks related to Propulsion Testing project activities to the Director of Propulsion Testing
  • Work with each manager and project engineer in the Propulsion Testing organization to plan out budget, schedule, and plan for each system testing program
  • Summarize and Report statuses and issues of all Propulsion testing activities
  • Coordinate with the broader system teams (functional safety, EE, etc.) to look for potential coverage gaps and develop mitigation plans where gaps exist
  • Create weekly burndown charts for propulsion testing activities for each program
  • Develop processes and plans to streamline all propulsion testing organizational activities and responsibilities
  • Support streamlining of data management and test management processes and systems
  • Identify and schedule testing activities at 3rd party facilities
  • Create readiness checklists to ensure all items, people, and resources are lined up to execute a program or activity
  • Experience creating professional and technical presentation and creating informative graphs based off desired metrics.
  • Track progress of System Validation Plan development and procedures
  • Lead Jira Issue Management for issues identified during testing
  • Participate in root cause analysis and failure analysis activities
  • Coordinate with external test labs and suppliers to organize and execute testing
  • Document and track all issues discovered by validation testing activities and lead issue resolution efforts
  • Work with design teams, systems teams, and CAE teams to resolve issues found during testing
  • Manage and track all testing schedules and highlight and prioritize critical path tests
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experienced with Fuel Cell- Electric vehicles and the propulsion systems such as Fuel Cell System, High Voltage Battery Systems, Powertrain Systems, Software/Firmware a plus
  • Strong experience with project management tools such as Excel and MS Project
  • Experience with JIRA, JAMA, and CATIA a plus
Basic Qualifications:
  • BS in ME, EE, or other related Engineering field
  • Minimum of 5 years of project management experience
  • Strong technical writing skills is a must
  •  Able to effectively communicate and work cross-functionally across all technical teams and disciplines
  • Ability to summarize large amounts of information into fast read metrics that can be used to evaluate overall organization performance and progress
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally
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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