Program Manager - Advanced Product Development
Tennant Company - Minneapolis, MN

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Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions for industrial and commercial markets, with more than $754 million in 2011 revenues. With a focus on innovation, such as our ec-H2O products, and sustainability; Tennant Company envisions its role in the global marketplace as the company that will create a cleaner, safer world through the delivery of innovative cleaning systems.

World headquarters are located in Minneapolis in the USA; and European headquarters are in Antwerp, Belgium. We have manufacturing and logistics facilities in Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota in the USA; the Netherlands; the United Kingdom; and China. Tennant employs staff in 15 countries, including: the USA, Canada, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

The Program Manager for Advanced Product Development (APD) delivers new technology development projects on-time while reducing cycle time and improving innovation and quality. Additionally this role:

Provides project management for 5-6 top APD projects.

Works with Product Management to develop concept and product proposals to establish program scope and objectives, including quality, cost and timing.

Leads cross-functional teams to establish and ensure:
Assures appropriate program planning to confirm that product development is consistent with established program objectives and company needs

Negotiate required resources from cross-functional leaders and interface with required functional disciplines/departments for program support

Interfaces with and negotiates desired program resources from cross-functional leaders

Conducts phase and gate reviews

Determines and manages all risk elements and maintains the overall responsibility for the success of the program

Creates project charters and schedules; chair regular project update meetings.

Keeps APD Director informed of progress and of resource shortages or technical challenges.

Owns and updates the APD New Technology Development process; continually update and improve the process to improve quality and accelerate project execution.

Creates and owns the APD technology transfer process based on NASA technology readiness levels tied to the New Technology and the New Product Development process.

Why Tennant Company?

As a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing cleaning solutions that help to create a cleaner, safer world, our global business is making a positive impact on the environments where our products and solutions are used. It feels good to work for a company that cares about what it is doing, cares about the sustainability of its products and works everyday to develop new solutions that clean really well, but don’t mess up our environment.

Guided by the value of Stewardship, we are committed to leaving something in better condition than when we found it. That includes people. It might even include you!

Tennant offers competitive salaries with an excellent benefits package along with an environment where personal growth is encouraged. Opportunities with Tennant Company are posted online at Interested in this opportunity? It only takes a few minutes to apply online! Click on the opportunity of interest and select the applicable application method at the bottom of the webpage. EOE

Required Skills

Excellent project management skills and industry product development practice knowledge

Knowledge of technology and product development processes

Ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously

Strong leadership and team-building skills

Excellent interpersonal skills, including written and verbal communication

Ability to handle a variety of projects simultaneously

Time management and prioritization skills

High level of initiative and results-orientation

Proactive/Solutions-Oriented approach to problem solving

High level of creativity

Fluent in PC applications for cost tracking, budgeting and various spreadsheet analysis

Thorough knowledge of Engineering fundamentals and their application in the product development process preferred

Required Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution; advanced degree desired

Project Management certification preferred

10+ years of overall professional business experience, to include:

2+ years of project/program management experience

Demonstrated experience working with/through cross-functional teams

Demonstrated experience taking products through the full product lifecycle

Prior management of direct reports preferred

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