Technical Program Manager III in Rochester, MN at Benchmark Electronics

Date Posted: 2/9/2018

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Job Title
Technical Program Manager III

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Job Summary
Technical Program Manager As part of Benchmark’s Design Engineering team lead cross functional engineering teams and act as the primary customer contact for technical programs. They have responsibility for participating in business development, developing requirements, writing technical proposals and leading the team and development activities to meet the program requirements, program budget and overall customer expectations to a successful design transfer or delivery. This Technical Program Manager position is focused on leading teams to design and develop optical and photonic technologies for medical, industrial, and aerospace/defense products and systems.

Essential Functions and Competencies

  • Work with Customers to evaluate technology requirements for optical/photonic based products.
  • Generate proposals/statements of work, including project schedule, deliverables, dependencies, resources and cost and communicate them to the customer.
  • Lead cross-disciplinary teams on the development and implementation of optical, fiber optic, opto-electrical, and electrical systems and subsystems.
  • Lead the prototype activity of optical subsystems and participate in planning system integration, alignment, and test activity.
  • Familiarity with optical modeling techniques with tools such as Zemax and familiarity with mechanical modeling with tools such as Solidworks.
  • Familiarity with lasers, LEDs, lenses, multilayer coatings, diffractive optical elements, illumination and imaging optics
  • Working knowledge for a broad range of high speed electronic, electro-optical, and fiber optic components.
  • Working understanding of optics manufacturing
  • Familiarity with qualification testing of optical systems is desirable, including the design of test equipment and automation.
  • Develop knowledge of the customer’s market, product, requirements and strategies to identify new opportunities.
  • Experience interfacing/spec-negotiating with optical suppliers. Knowledge of optical manufacturing processes, test methods, specifications and standards (MIL, ISO) a plus.
  • Experience in design/development of optic based technology preferred.

  • Qualifications / Education / Experience
  • Proficient in the use of project management tools
  • Ability to highlight issues and seek solutions to business and technical issues
  • Demonstrate effective risk management and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, as well as presentation skills
  • Ability to drive solutions to complex planning issues with limited supervision
  • Ability to support a 24/ global business operation as required
  • Effective analytical, planning and organizational skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills with employees and customers
  • Effective negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate discretion, confidentiality, independent judgment and professionalism when representing the company
  • Solid financial understanding, risk analysis ability, relationship building and project management skills
  • Ability to work well individually or in teams

    10+ years of Project Manager experience; 5+ years in a leadership role

    Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science, (EE, ME, Applied Physics preferred) or equivalent combination of education and experience as approved. Master’s degree in Engineering or Science preferred.

  • Job Category
    Design Engineering
    Job Location
    Rochester, MN, USA

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