Production Program Manager - Wisconsin

As Midwest Prototyping continues to grow, an increasing percentage of our opportunities are related to production work of end-use parts via additive manufacturing. The technologies used for these programs are fundamentally the same as traditional rapid prototyping projects but the quality expectations, traceability, documentation, and communication are much different. To facilitate this growth, we are searching for a project manager that will be focused on these more in-depth projects with both a longer incubation period as well as a longer production lifespan. Keys to success in this position will be prompt, effective communication, and precise attention to detail.

Midwest Prototyping is in its 20th year and is recognized worldwide as a premium provider of additive manufacturing services. As the global adoption of additive manufacturing increases, this position will be a key role in growing our reputation and market share.

Responsibilities

We’re looking for someone who loves to work with their hands, pays attention to the details, can think on their feet, and react to changing deadlines. On a typical workday, this role will include:

  • Planning, execution, and delivery of Aerospace and Automotive production contracts while working with a small team including engineering, QC, and operations and facilitating support from purchasing, shipping, and administrative teams to manage programs from bid through post-delivery support. 
  • Create proposals and bids for aerospace and automotive contract opportunities, working with the engineering team to determine costs, technical risks, and competitive pricing points while maximizing profits.
  • Coordinate product reviews with various internal functional groups to ensure product designs are manufacturable, satisfying customer specifications, and make financial sense with available resources. 
  • Serve as the communication focal for strategic accounts, navigating complex decisions and discussions with key stakeholders.
  • Liaison between customer and operations staff, supporting both the customer and internal operations to determine equally agreed-upon solutions that support the program.
  • Ensure standard processes and procedures are being followed and met as defined by the customer and relevant quality systems. 
  • Maintain program schedules and present updates to customers for successful on-time delivery of production contracts.
  • Navigate and utilize customer enterprise systems and portals for the submission of bids, schedules, project status,  PO closures, and invoicing.   
  • Guide purchasing through procurement of aerospace components and materials that include a high level of requirements, certifications, and documentation.
  • All other duties as assigned. 

Work Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and not require visa sponsorship. The position will be working with contracts that are bound by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Qualifications

The Production Program Manager position plays an important role at Midwest Prototyping. To join our team, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in Additive Manufacturing
  • 1-2 years of direct program management experience in Aerospace, Automotive, or Defense 
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical or business field
  • Familiar with Aerospace manufacturing specs and standards
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • High emotional IQ and excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with Exostar or other secure portals for communications and document transmittal

Benefits

At Midwest Prototyping, our employees put in a lot, so we give a lot back. In addition to competitive pay, a matching 401K program, and paid vacation, we offer:

Wellness – receive premium medical, dental, and vision insurance plans so that you and your family can stay healthy and happy.

Profit-Sharing – enjoy a bonus for busy months. When our organization achieves our profit goals, we put a percentage of that profit into your paycheck.

Location – Enjoy a robust package of locally oriented benefits centered on education, social, and work-life balance programs throughout the Great State of Wisconsin.

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