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Project Manager – Test Facilities/Equipment Deployment

United States, Arkansas


The Project Manager will work as a member of the Test Facilities & Equipment Engineering Team within the wider Vehicle Engineering Test Group.

This position will work and lead projects with various Test Execution Teams, the Test Equipment Design Team, various equipment vendors and the Workplace/Facilities teams. The primary objective of this role is to oversee all aspects of bringing new test equipment online. This will range from the initial planning stages and communication with the equipment supplier through to facilities preparation, equipment install and ultimately commissioning of the equipment.

The successful candidate for this position must have a broad background and a proven record of success in technical project management as well as testing and/or equipment deployment.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a requirement to establish effective working relationships within Tesla and with external suppliers. The successful candidate for this position takes pride in his/her hands-on abilities, organization skills and attention to detail.  He/she appreciates a dynamic & fast paced work environment where superior work is encouraged, noticed and rewarded.

Essential Functions and Duties:

  • Interface with Test Execution Teams to establish technical requirements, timing and budget for new test equipment necessitated by current and future test programs.
  • Share above requirements with equipment vendors and/or internal design teams. Work through cost and timing details to award business to the most favorable party after. This includes cost and timing negotiations with multiple vendors as well as creating a business cases for Executive Approval.
  • With knowledge of the planned new equipment, work with Tesla facilities team to ensure all facilities requirements are met prior to the equipment arriving at site
  • Work with relevant vendors to ensure equipment is to specification, delivered, installed and operational/commissioned in a timely manner

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering, Program Management or a related field. Relevant coursework and work experience is essential.
  • A minimum of 4 years of automotive or relevant industry experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in an test or equipment related role
  • Must have previous experience of project management - within a similar sector (automotive/industrial equipment/construction/testing)
  • Must be able to show a breadth of project management experience, from concept through execution
  • Experience with and strong understanding of Program Management Tools and Software.

·       Fluent with Blue Prints and Schematics (architectural/electrical/mechanical/plumbing/hydraulic/pneumatic)      

  • Understanding of facility and equipment permitting process a plus
  • Strong analytic as well as hands-on problem solving skills
  • Able to work well under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines
  • Remain engaged, proactive and positive in tough circumstances, owning assignments and taking full accountability for their success
  • Maintain flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments, coping with rapidly changing information
  • Work efficiently and productively in independent and team settings
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including the public
  • Ability to direct, train and mentor team members.
  • Communicate clearly using excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong organization skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Self-initiative and strong desire to learn new skills and/or create innovative test methods
  • Fluent with common MS office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

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