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Newell Brands Technical Program Manager - R&D Engineering in Aurora, Illinois

Position Title:Technical Program Manager, Engineering

Location: Aurora, IL

Engineering Program Management team is looking for a world-class, highly motivated, hands-on Program Manager to drive the development, manufacturing and launch of our products. These products involve mechanical, electrical, software, testing, and regulatory compliance, and include (but not limited to) IOT connected devices. The ideal candidate will understand the who, what, and how of system development and will own the execution of the program schedule. You will foresee engineering schedules from concept ideation to development and mass production. The nature of the position requires the candidate to have excellent communication skills, creative problem solving, along with a drive to make a difference.

The program manager is responsible for setting up the program and sub-projects, incorporating Agile/Scrum practices where appropriate, following their progress, and facilitating the closure of issues as they are escalated to the program level. They coordinate efforts amongst the various sub-projects, and outside vendors, as well as develop effective schedules and suggest action items that still need to be complete to successfully complete the overall program. The program manager will track technical issues and facilitate the implementation of solutions in a prompt manner. The program manager must effectively communicate program status and suggest changes to use program resources more efficiently. The program manager will propose solutions to technical constraints using their technical expertise and experience, as well as provide expertise for escalated quality problems, and anticipate bottlenecks in the development cycle. Additionally, the program manager will identify technical impacts on the organization as they relate to business requirements. The program manager will own documentation and tracking of all programs including definition and execution to stage gate process management, regular cadence of meetings/reviews, reporting, program metrics, and countermeasures. The candidate will be comfortable communicating at all levels of the organization, in managing conflict, removing obstacles, driving progress, and accountability.


  • Hands-onprogram and project management skills.Ability to facilitate project and/or scrum/stand- up calls

  • Workwith a cross functional team to manage programs from concept to commercialexecution.

  • Coordinatesclosely with project stakeholders and cross-functional teams to documentproject scope and objectives.

  • Createschedule, identify critical path, and maintain throughout execution.

  • Demonstratequick decision-making abilities based on available data.

  • Bringcreative ideas to keep project schedule on track

  • Coordinateswith multi-disciplinary functions within the organization to maintain and trackmultiple parallel projects to plan.

  • Managesproject and product definition activities related to marketing and/or technicalrequirements.

  • Workwith the project team to define, assess and mitigate risks that have a majorimpact on project cost, schedule, investment and technology.

  • Executeprograms within scope, time and budget.

  • Documentproject activities, issues, concerns and status to keep management informed andenable timely resolution of project problems.

  • Managesnew product development and introductions of electrical, mechanical, software,and firmware products.

  • Providesperiodic program updates (Program Status Report – Green/Yellow/Red) of currentsituation relating to contractual milestones and problem/high risk areas (e.g.,technical, cost, and schedule

  • Financialacumen to complete required capital appropriation request for the assignedprograms.

  • Worksin cross-disciplinary manner with other departments (e.g., Manufacturing,Marketing, Procurement, Customer Support, Suppliers, etc.) and facilitates thestage gate processes.

  • Travelrequired: up to 25% domestic. Occasional international travel may be needed


  • BSdegree in engineering discipline

  • Aminimum of 5 years of experience in program management or engineering teammanagement of new mechanical, electrical, and software product development andmarket introductions.

  • 2+ years’ experience managing agile softwareprojects across multiple and geographically distributed teams


  • Experienceworking with third party consultants and partners

  • Experiencewith factory manufacturing high volume, high quality consumer electronics

  • PMIcertification and/or Scrum Master certification

  • Experienceworking with geographically dispersed engineering and business teams

  • Experiencewith Agile project management methodologies

  • Experiencewith Atlassian tool suit or similar system to track development progress andinteract with the team.

Position Criteria:

  • Strongverbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Abilityto work independently and to follow directions.

  • Abilityto articulate and promote project management best-practices.

  • Proficientwith project/program management tools such as MS Project and other bug trackingapplications

  • Knowledgeof best practices in software development methodologies, processes, andtechnologies

  • Strongleader with excellent communication, organizational and people skills and theability to work across functional groups

  • Proventrack record of managing new product developments through a stage gate process

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Marmot, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal OpportunityEmployers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

Newell Brands is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide all employees and applicants for employment with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, military status, any covered veteran status, disability status, genetic information, caregiving responsibilities or any other basis prohibited by law.