Electronics program managers are responsible for the management of specific electronics programs within the organization. Their main goal is to ensure electronics projects are completed on time, stay within budget, and meet all organizational and customer requirements. These managers oversee day-to-day program responsibilities such as scheduling, planning, and pricing. Some program managers may also supervise workers and establish standard operating procedures to manage risks. Electronics program managers also monitor program performance metrics, as well as perform quality and cost control initiatives and reviews. Additionally, they work with purchasing and sales to ensure that all programs and products are cost effective.
The electronics program manager often works with specific customers to ensure their expectations for products and services are met. This individual also delegates the tasks for programs and projects, as well as provides guidance and supervision to subordinates. They typically work full time in an office environment and report to the head of their department or unit. Occasional travel to customer sites may be required.
A bachelor's degree in business or project management (or another relevant field) is generally required for this role, as is five to seven years of experience in project management. Knowledge of contract manufacturing is preferred, and excellent organizational and multitasking skills are also required. Proficiency with basic computer software is needed.
Program Manager, Electronics Tasks
Develop, monitor and maintain project plans, including coordinating resources and supplies.
Define and construct plans to reach customer requirements.
Lead team meetings and communicate status, risks and changes to management.
Oversee proposal preparations and review estimated budgets and schedules.