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Seat Engineering Program Manager

United States, Arkansas


Seat Engineering Program Manager

The Role

As an Engineering Program Manager in the Seat Engineering Department, you will support seating engineers who are responsible for Design Engineering development from concept to End of Life within the seating realm. You will support launch vehicles and validate components and systems for all current and future Tesla vehicles in all geographic locations. You will work cross-functionally with various teams, from early stages of design development to launch, validation and SOP/ramp.

You must thoroughly understand the needs of the business to help develop timelines, workflows, and plans that solve for Tesla’s aggressive targets. You will be part of the global team that creates and executes world-class vehicles in terms of form, function and luxury. Typical commodities include seating structures, mechanisms, actuators, power signal and control systems, Hard Trims, Soft Trims, wire harnesses, controllers, PCBs, sensors and so on. A seat can be defined as a product which enables comfortable support for vehicle occupants. In some sense it can be viewed as a moving robotic structural art piece.

Team members typically play dual roles as experts and polymaths. Each team member typically uses their particular expertise as their super power to complement the team. Overall, we employ an ethos of “get the Job done!” You shall report to Seating Engineering Management and this position resides in Tesla’s Vehicle Engineering Team.

The Team operates globally and has many locations (Fremont (HQ), Shanghai, Berlin). In this current regard you shall primarily operate in Fremont.


As an integrated part of Tesla’s Vehicle Engineering team you will be responsible for the delivery of seating systems for Vehicle Programs. You shall be delivery responsible.

Primary responsibilities and activities:

·       Define, implement and drive program requirements, workflows and plans while managing timelines, communications, risks, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths, and any other issues that arise for the launch and validation of new seating systems and components in all Tesla factory locations; Fremont, Shanghai and Berlin.

·       Work continuously with supplier project managers to keep their timelines in line with program timelines and deliverables. Drive expediting discussions, engineering changes and their impact on cost and timing.

·       Establish a roadmap that supports the launch of new features and functionality in the product roadmap.

·       Drive the global pilot launch of new systems and components by building cross-functional partnerships across the organization.

·       Work with other EPMs, PMI TPMs, and Vehicle PMO to drive continuous and efficient communication

·       Provide insight around potential risks and opportunities, resolve conflict, initiate resolution and deliver results.

·       Identify and document all program milestones and deliverables and keep program plans up to date at all times, including monitoring schedules, milestones, deliverables, updating percentage completion, etc.

·       Continuously monitor and measure program readiness and activities to identify and communicate potential issues, risks, or problems in a timely fashion and provide corrective action options to drive to resolution.

·       Plan for the global implementation of changes to seating parts and systems according to Tesla Change Management process

·       Collaborate with suppliers and to support overall vehicle launch milestones and prototype/production build events.

·       Support the Tesla test engineering teams to ensure systems and components are delivered in time to local testing sites and suppliers in order to ensure DVP plans are properly executed

·       Follow up with suppliers regarding system/part level validation timelines to ensure completion of DVP timelines.

·       Support supplier industrialization engineers in establishing and monitoring production readiness metrics across the seating supply base.


·       Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other relevant technical discipline, and 3+ years of relevant experience in automotive or manufacturing is required.

·       Demonstrated Part / Product Development experience.

·       Demonstrated ability to execute complex projects with interconnected tasks in parallel, across teams, in a short timeframe, with ability to pivot rapidly.

·       Basic knowledge of CAD is required. CATIA experience is desirable.

·       Experience with product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, including Enovia/3DExperience

·       Experience with agile project management systems and methodologies (including JIRA project setup and execution)

·       Strong analytical and quantitative skills with ability to use data and metrics for quantifying risks and making recommendations

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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