Program Manager

Location : 2501 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, MI 48341


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


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Position Summary:

The Program Manager acts in a leadership capacity to ensure that all aspects of the program management launch process meet internal and external customer requirements. 


  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in the automotive industry, preferably in stamping, welding, or assembly operations.
  • Minimum of five years’ of experience as a program manager
  • Minimum of five years’ of experience leading and mentoring a team.
  • Experience with estimating complex stamping and welding processes.
  • A proven track record of successfully launching large scale program on time and under budget.
  • Extensive experience with APQP, PAPP, PFMEA, Control Plans and GD&T
  • Experience with launching programs as a Tier 1
  • Experience with OEM PPAP process
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Project required
  • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 



Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.