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Product Development Manager (m/f)

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: Mannheim, BW, DE

Product Development Manager (m/f)-TPRS-DEMA01844375


Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

We are currently looking to recruit a Product Development Manager (m/f) for our site in Mannheim, Germany

Reporting to Product Family Product Development Manager and working directly within the specific Product Development core team (PDCT), the Product Development Manager (PDM), has direct responsibility for ensuring the delivery of the specific product development (project) is clearly translated into an associated set of cross functional activities, that are in turn, delivered in accordance with the requisite quality, time and cost parameters (QTC) from NTP until Gate 7. Responsible as deputy of PM until Gate 7 the PDM will coordinate the different functions contributing to the development (Design Quality, Procurement, OPS, ROQ,…) Leaded by handover Process the PDM will transfer the PM deputy responsibility to OPM at Gate 7

With a principle objective to deliver the specific product development by maximising reuse across the Product Family, on cycle (relating to the narrowly defined bespoke requirements of a specific project). Between NTP and Gate 7, the PDM scope will extend across the full product developments life cycle from design through to freeze, testing, authorisation/homologation through to serial production, multi functionally including, engineering, procurement and methods. The post holder will therefore either manage the critical steps directly, or via pole PDMs within the team.

Operating as a key change agent in Bombardier’s transformation being to move from a project organisation into a product organisation, this is a multifaceted role, requiring the post holder to balance a portfolio of activities. Critical within this is:

• The clear articulation of work activities in to work packages for multiple phases, between NTP and Gate 7, whilst ensuring associated activity remains in accordance with the PF road map

• Rigorous QTC focus on all associated activities for the specific product development

• The creation and management of a multi-functional resource requirements plan, ensuring availability of all skills as required in the various phases (Incorporating robust planning and dynamic resource management)

• Operating with a continuous improvement ethos, driving optimisation of reuse alongside rigorously identifying and delivering cost reduction opportunities in line with the PF roadmap

• Working with the PDM and PFPDM community to develop and implement a standardised way of working for PDMs within the company (Tools, processes & methods)

• This is a high profile, influential role, critical to the successful performance and profitable growth of the Product Family

Product Family Strategic Planning

In conjunction with the PFPDM, support and feedback from the specific product development the vision for the Product Family,

Capture all product decisions and requirements, alongside the specific bespoke requirements for the specific product development so that the direction of the Product Family is respected and only the required changes are developed on-cycle.

Translate the specific product development into work package deliverables in line with standard work packages, articulating the associated data necessary to define schedule of activities, resources and budgets requirements.

Management of Product Development activity through the life cycle from design through to serial production

Lead the identification & development of multi-functional work activities, in to work packages for multiple phases,from NTP to gate 7, having regard at all times, to all requisite safety and legal standards, alongside contractual requirements for the specific product development.

Ensure any requests to deviate from agreed concepts at a project level, does not negatively impact the integrity of what's been defined from a Product Book and QTC perspective.

For all activities, ensure that the schedule is ready in line with the appropriate gates and that any deviations identified at gates are closed in a timely manner so as not to impact the overall schedule and simultaneously ensuring that quality is not compromised. Rigorously ensure that "stop, fix, escalate" activities are adhered to at no go decisions.

Identify and secure all necessary resources and capabilities needed to deliver the work packages, according to the specific product development schedule for all phases.

Implement the necessary governance to rigorously ensure that work packages are delivered as per expectations and that resolutions are implemented to address deviations from plan.

Meticulously ensure that the critical process aspects of all functions are routinely applied for change management, config management, management of risk, management of opportunity, management of design and for gate reviews.

Either directly, or with delegated authority, represent the Product Family at the various product and project governance meetings, including PF reviews, engineering technical reviews, project reviews, applicable SMB document reviews and customer meetings as applicable.

Operate as the first point of escalation for any deviation, measured in KPIS, for all scopes within the Product Family and specific product development.

Resource & Capability Management

Diligently ensure that all activity needs for all phases NTP to gate 7 are collected and accurately represented in P6, six months in advance of the requirement.

Directly responsible for applying a dynamic resource management process is implemented, to enable reallocation of resources from one phase / activity to another, where this is in the best interest of the business to do so.

Is responsible for escalating resource issues that cannot be managed within the Product Family and for securing the associated necessary resolution.

With direct responsibility for the development of Junior PDMs, work in close collaboration with the Engineering function, to build and rigorously manage all aspects of Product Family capability plan, ensuring all critical capability requirements are identified and appropriate resolutions are implemented.

Implement the requisite governance to ensure that talent management processes are embedded, across the team, championing the diligent application of defined talent management processes.

Drive Cost Optimisation

Implement a culture of cost management within the team, working towards a long term vision of implementing a top down costing methodology, when the Product Family concept and processes are mature.

Secure & prepare all requisite inputs necessary to build meaningful product cost visibility.

Rigorously track and monitor all factors impacting product cost and deploy a system which drives a cost reduction ethos, by conscientiously managing all aspects falling directly under the scope of responsibility, as well as ensuring effective liaison with the other functions who contribute toward product cost.

Diligently manage all Risks and Opportunities, identified through the various stages of product development, ensuring all risks are mitigated in accordance with expected parameters and that opportunities are realised.


Provide strong leadership to deliver best in class product development performance within the product family and specific product development

Set a clear vision, supported by the necessary delivery framework, to galvanise the teams in the delivery of the Product Families and specific product development objectives

Develop a high performing team in the specific product development, through effective recruitment (where responsible) and by implementing a strong performance review and development focus.

Ensure a strong talent planning system is place, covering PDM succession planning.

Leading by example, provide inspirational leadership to motivate and develop direct and indirect reports, creating a positive, hard-working, results oriented, can do culture at every level.

Set exemplary leadership behaviours, by demonstrating “what good looks like” in all Bombardier defined leadership competencies and by operating a continuous improvement ethos relating to your own self development.

Build and maintain effective working relationships with key partners across the business, with particular emphasis on key relationships within the Product Family Core Team, Project Core Team, the broader PDM community & Engineering.

Drive standardisation for all critical processes

In collaboration with the Product Family PDM & PDM community, actively contribute towards the development shaping and application of standardised processes, covering all aspects of working, to include, planning, budget controls, KPI use and reporting.

Ensure a culture of zero tolerance towards deviation from agreed processes.

Championing the ethos of reuse, ensure this concept is the primary consideration and is rigorously implemented through all phases of development, having particular focus on building block, process, deliverable and tools level.


- Degree in Engineering
- Significant and demonstrable track record of successfully operating as an EPM or PM in a Global organisation delivering complex engineering solutions in the broad capital equipment and engineering sector. Critical within this, is evidence of having successfully programme managed the associated engineering activities, requiring the integration of complex multi-discipline engineering solutions, into one product. This must include integration of complex hardware and complex software solutions
- Experience in interpreting project (or concept) contractual requirements - which include the operating / environment conditions for the product to operate as required - and having then translated these requirements into engineering deliverables, meeting QTC expectations.
- In working as part of a project core team, will be able to evidence having pragmatically influenced the translation of a Product Vision into an engineering deliverable, having regard to organisation capability to deliver the vision, within defined operating parameters. (QTC)
- Tangible experience of successfully managing the product engineering risk lifecycle, underpinned by the need to operate within defined QTC standards
- Has been directly responsible for building and managing all aspects associated with project engineering costs, from creating budgets, forecasts and delivering actual within budget
- Having worked as part of a Project Core Team, where the project success required collaborating with a multifunctional team. In doing so, will be able to articulate the key success factors in ensuring the project was delivered on time.
- Tangible experience of having successfully operated in an environment requiring high levels of customer intimacy and knowledge. Able to give clear examples of having successfully liaised with the customer, throughout the project lifecycle, ensuring strong customer relationship management

Job: Project/Program Management
Primary Location: DE-BW-Mannheim
Organization: Transportation
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular

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17.01.2019, 1:33:23 PM

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