Cognito Motorsports, Inc., a fast-growing and dynamic company in Bakersfield, CA (93308) has an exciting opportunity of a Project Manager available. This is a full-time opportunity that comes with outstanding benefits. The Project Manager has responsibility for the successful execution of turnkey projects, assisting with design, development, and documentation for the release of new products to manufacturing of aftermarket Truck/SUV/Side x Side/ UTV suspension, chassis, and steering. Manages overall project performance (scope, safety, quality, schedule, innovation, cost, and customer satisfaction).
Create internal detailed project schedules that clearly define all requirements for all departments and incorporate sufficient cushion for risk mitigation to ensure we perform within budget and contractual milestone obligations.
Work with cost accounting to develop detailed project budgets that fit within the profitability expectations of management.
Manage project budgets and identify risk areas that need to be addressed to keep projects within overall budget expectations.
Maintain build specifications for each project as a primary source for communicating project requirements and expectations.
Develop and maintain Rolling Action Items List (RAIL) to capture all open issues, non-conformances, defective work items, and potential improvement opportunities.
Know the details of your project and have a technical understanding of your equipment by:
Being involved in design reviews
Tracking material status
Being present and involved on the assembly floor
Be the project “Overseer” to monitor schedule and budget performance thru various methods such as:
Team meetings to confirm schedule status
Track part shortages for each order/project and work with purchasing to address shortage issues, schedule delays, and budget issues.
Monitor progress on the assembly floor
Manage assembly activity for your projects
Work with Engineering to develop assembly plan
Working within schedule and budget
Define resources required and timing for them
Develop daily and weekly plans to prepare for upcoming tasks
Work thru issues that may impact the plan
Be a leader in addressing and resolving issues and helping each functional area to be successful:
Clear communication via meetings build specifications, RAIL, transmittal meetings to line up downstream departments such as assembly and installation
Be the “Go To” person to address issues that transcend across multiple departments
Don’t just record issues and assign people but monitor them and help to bring them to a quick resolution
Maintain white board for key projects
Lead the team meetings
Reports project status and performance data as required to management and stakeholders.
Demonstrate commitment to a Continuous Improvement philosophy including support of all quality, safety, productivity and performance improvement initiatives.
Education and Qualifications
BS degree in Project Management; Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering is mandatory.
Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred
Aftermarket truck/SUV/Side x Side/UTV suspension, chassis, and steering related and knowledge desired
Strong interpersonal skills required
Able to work with minimum supervision
An understanding of assigning costs to the manufacturing process
Expert at communicating to all levels, able to effectively communicate with warehouse personnel, warehouse leadership, customers, and corporate level management
Proficient in project management, with excellent analytical and organizational skills, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, to organize and prioritize tasks, make appropriate decisions, and be comfortable in a setting where schedules and priorities change daily
Able to be clear minded and rational in stressful situations
Good knowledge of large machine tools preferred
Must be a U.S. Citizen
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Proficient understanding of scheduling and software applications (e.g. WorkZone) is required
Proficient use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint software
Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Type: Full-time
Additional Salary Information: Salary: DOE
About Cognito Motorsports, Inc
Cognito - Industry Leading Technology, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC - A-Arms, Leveling Kits, Suspension Lift Kits, Idler arm, Pitman arm, & tie-rod steering upgrades. Kits for Avalanche, Escalade, Hummer H2, Sierra, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe & Yukon.UTV Long travel Kits Available for Kawasaki Teryx, Yamaha Rhino and Polaris RZR XP. Yamaha Rhino Spindles & RZR XP Shock upgrades also Available!Looking to Lift it, level it, or just upgrade your steering? Cognito has the quality products you need and the knowledge to help educate you on how to properly lift your truck or SUV.