Program Manager

  • Waltham, MA
  • Full-time

Company Description

A123 Systems LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wanxiang America Corporation, powers innovation using its Nanophosphate® lithium ion battery technology in a variety of different industries.  The Waltham, MA division of A123 Systems is an R&D environment centered around developing the battery market’s next lithium ion cells through designing, building mass prototypes and testing of cells. 

Job Description

Position Overview

Responsible for defining / managing the technical, timing, financials and staffing elements of the project while being the primary interface between internal customer and the internal engineering and management teams.

Primary responsibilities

  • Develop program budgets and timing from concept to launch quality and volume (SOP+90 days)
  • Direct program execution to meet budget, timing and product requirements set by product mgt
  • Reports on program status, key risks and action plans to internal teams, management and customers
  • Coordinates action plans among cross functional team
  • Manages Phase/Gate New Product Development Process
  • Ensures volume capacity is implemented within Supply Chain and Manufacturing in time for launch
  • Works with NPD, Purchasing, Supplier Quality, Manufacturing and Quality to ensure APQP execution
  • Document and track compliance to technical and commercial requirements along with developing solutions to address any/all identified gaps
  • Develop and maintain project primary project timelines
  • Co-lead developing , sourcing and managing key suppliers
  • Drive towards rapid identification and resolution of any and all engineering related performance, cost, timing, manufacturing , supply base etc related issues



Specific Skills/Abilities

The position requires:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High Energy / Flexible / Adaptable / Dynamic / “can-do” attitude
  • Strong technical background with focus on electrical / mechanical / software integration
  • Proactive and collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Business / financial acumen
  • Familiarity with Automotive Development Processes / APQP process
  • Ability to thrive within a rapidly changing / growing matrix organization
  • Experience in developing and installing process disciplines





  • Education: BS ME/EE preferred with MS / MBA and/or PMO certification desired
  • Total years of Experience Required: 7+ yrs
  • Industry Experience Required: 7+ yrs program management background with technical products
  • Other Experience Required: 5+ yrs direct or matrix management of people
  • Technical Experience Desired: High Tech Start-up / Hybrid Electric Vehicles / Alternative Energy / Batteries