1918 Vehicle Program Management Specialist

Mercedes-Benz: Building Exceptional Vehicles? and Careers!
The best chapters in Alabama's automotive success story are yet to come. The Mercedes-Benz automobile of the future will be different; greener, more efficient, safer, and even more fascinating. Only one thing will never change ? It will wear a star.
MBUSI is home to the GLE, GLE Coupe, and GLS Sport Utility Vehicles and the C-Class for the North American market. Our facility is one of the most advanced automotive manufacturing facilities in the world, with over 6 million square feet under one roof. The plant, located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is positioned in an area of natural beauty and abundant natural resources.
MBUSI offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including health and life insurance, 401(k) and retirement, on-site child development and wellness facilities. MBUSI is committed to excellence and actively promotes teamwork, safety, quality, and continuous improvement within its ranks. Our Team Members share a common goal to always be the best premium auto manufacturer in North America.
Mercedes-Benz, U.S. International, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. follows all local, state and federal laws in all aspects of business.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for any open positions.
Purpose of the Position:
Under general supervision, plan, organize, and lead new model vehicle, special edition, and model year change project activities.
Essential Functions: (List all basic responsibilities related to the purpose of the position)
Develop Master Program Timing in accordance with Mercedes Development System (MDS).
Collect, adapt, and incorporate facilities construction, equipment, tooling installations, tryouts, and certification schedules to overall schedule that supports MBUSI corporate project objectives.
Assist MBUSI departments to define deliverables, measurements, and assessments within framework of MDS quality gates to support plant readiness achievement within project timing.
Develop timing schedules for Development phase trials, and W138 Production Trials.
Coordinate Development and Production Trial vehicle order management tasks with customers, Development, Sales, and related interfaces.
Control Trial vehicle order processes by:
Negotiating special order requests (option content, test/show/press vehicles, special order paints, destination, etc.)
Control vehicle orders within part availability restrictions (powertrain, options, etc.)
Develop and maintain internal and external Supplier Project information, volumes, specifications, etc.
Develop option launch packages/strategies with Product Management, Development, and plant customers for Start of Production, ramp-up, and later introductions.
Prepare Sales model type and option code restrictions communications to Sales Planning and project organizations.
Conduct project meetings for the plant project teams.
Conduct project related progress meetings to review plan v. actual status with MBUSI project teams and management.
Assist Vehicle Scheduling Team to analyze and evaluate Operative Planning (OP) and Strategic Planning (SP) program planning, in order to develop operating plans for use by MBUSI and supplier resource planning.
Make adjustments to trial schedules when required for special production requests and/or part supplies.
Develop special schedules for future model programs including production trial schedules, launch, system fill, build out, show vehicles, and new model quality hold plans.
Prepare, conduct and/or participate in project related coordination committees.
Utilize Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) methods in project planning tasks.
Represent MBUSI as project interface to project organizations at MBUSI and in Germany.
Perform tasks in accordance with the Mercedes Production System (MPS) and specific MBUSI targets.
Marginal Functions: (List responsibilities which are not essential, but may be required)
Perform other related duties as required.
Financial authority and responsibility:
QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience and Necessary Skills all must be met in order to qualify for position.
Bachelor's Degree in Operations Management or related area and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Previous Co-Op or internship in an environment such as Production Control, Production Program Management, Vehicle Scheduling, Project Management or related areas.
Necessary Skills, Certifications, etc.:
Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project)
Preferred Skills:
Knowledge of operations management related to efficiency optimization activities in particular regarding supply chain management
Knowledge of continuous improvement activities

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