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New Product Introduction Program Manager | ConnectDER | Philadelphia, PA

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA 

SCHEDULE: Full-Time 

TRAVEL: < 5% 

COMPENSATION: $105,000 – $110,000 annually 

BENEFITS: All employees receive access to our health insurance plan (we cover 75% for employees, spouses, and children), unlimited paid time off, 401K with company match, and equity stock options 

WHO WE ARE 

ConnectDER (www.ConnectDER.com) represents the next generation in US-based grid technology product development. Our flagship product, the Smart ConnectDER, is a plug-and-play interface for rapidly connecting residential solar photovoltaic systems and EV chargers to the grid and managing them using embedded telemetry and communications. 

We’re a 30+ employee, venture-backed company with a planned rapid growth trajectory and a robust product development schedule. We’re looking to connect with talented individuals who are ready to deliver innovative, quality service that drives our mission to empower utilities and their customers with tools that radically enhance the value of clean grid edge resources. 

At ConnectDER we know that a diverse, equal, and inclusive workplace is a key to our success. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, neuro-diversity, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other non-merit based or legally protected grounds. 

ABOUT THE ROLE 

As our NPI Program Manager, you will manage the schedule and execution of all new product introduction programs. You’ll work cross-functionally to align the company around program deliverables and serve as the primary coordinator for the development of project timelines, budgets, and milestones. You’ll collaborate with teams of Engineers, Product Managers, Supply Chain (internal and external), Sales, Quality Assurance, and other ConnectDER resources to deliver products that meet all the functional, performance, reliability, manufacturability and in-service requirements to internal and external customers. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Lead new product development initiative projects from start to finish:

Develop and track to project budgets and target dates

Develop and maintain project schedules 

Identify key requirements needed from cross-functional teams and external vendors

Guide cross-functional teams to assure all milestones are monitored and met on schedule 

Identify both risks and issues and facilitate issue resolution across departments and escalates as appropriate 

Communicate project status and results to external customers, management, and internal customers through frequent contact and communication efforts 

  • Adhere to and enforce project processes, methodologies and program standards
  • Provide oversight and coordination with Engineering, Production, Marketing and other teams and business units throughout the product development lifecycle
  • Define, maintain, and champion project lifecycle processes and provide guidance for overall development processes
  • Plan, organize and monitor the completion of requirement definitions, functional specifications, product design specifications, design documents, and system and technical architecture definition
  • Support Product Management in orchestrating the definition of functional requirements, ensuring product-cost and project schedules meet market needs and understanding the project case
  • Participate in design reviews internally and with external suppliers and customers.
  • Work with the engineering team to ensure specification compliance in the areas of the design, system performance and delivery criteria
  • Lead milestone stage gate reviews and other required meetings with internal and external teams
  • Partner with the Supply Chain team to ensure inventory for prototype development is ordered, received, and managed
  • Coordinate the product development and quality assurance teams during Alpha, Beta, First Article, Product and System Acceptance tests, and certification requirements of new products and systems
  • Coordinate with the Product Marketing team to ensure that a commercialization plan for new products is in place
  • Create regular status reports summarizing status of projects including financials, risks, mitigations, contingencies and impact to revenue and present to leadership team
  • Ensure adherence to process across multiple project initiatives with consistent execution across multiple projects, communication, and approach
  • Understand customer delivery requirements and revenue targets to guide decisions to achieve the desired outcome
  • Capture the lessons learned and facilitate cross-functional meetings to share and address findings

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

WHO YOU ARE 

PASSION – you thrive on creativity and invention and you understand how your work can impact the greater good.

ACCOUNTABILITY – people can count on you to do what you say, to take ownership of your performance, and to work hard to accomplish your goals. 

INTEGRITY – you act with sound judgment, honesty, dependability, and consistency. 

INCLUSION you create an environment which fosters authenticity, diversity, innovation, collaboration, and respect. 

ENTREPRENEURIAL – you enjoy working in a continuously evolving environment where everyone’s contribution is valued and essential. 

You’re mission-driven and excited about cleantech and renewable energy. You have direct experience managing hardware, software, and firmware product development and release as well as some experience in engineering design. You possess well-developed skills in project management, communication, process development and deployment, leadership, and relationship management. You’re ambitious and ready to apply your planning, organization, and implementation skills to build and develop a strong program management function. This is a highly collaborative role that will be instrumental to ConnectDER’s continued growth. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED Required 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business, or equivalent experience Extensive experience in all stages of New Product Introduction (NPI) including ideation, concept, prototype, design, pre-production and volume manufacturing launch Strong organizational, analytical and project management skills combined with technical aptitude
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (written, verbal and interpersonal). Skilled in project planning and project management
  • Adaptable, results oriented, and effective at managing change, and proven team building capabilities
  • Skilled at managing conflict and effectively working through to quick resolution. Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced, metric-driven environment
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit to own, plan, and deliver on customer and ConnectDER KPIs Comfort in operating in both Agile and Waterfall project methodologies, for both software and hardware development projects
  • Experience using Atlassian Jira and Microsoft Project

Preferred 

  • PMP Certification 
  • Lean, Six Sigma and other Continuous Improvement process experience Advanced knowledge of Atlassian Jira
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Project

Work Environment/Physical Demands: Must have the ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time with or without accommodation. 

TO APPLY: Please submit your application here or email your resume to careers@connectder.com

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