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General Electric Engineering Program Management & Operations Leader in Barcelona, Spain

Job Description Summary

The Engineering Program Management & Operations Leader has overall responsibility for engineering program management, scheduling, resource planning and budget. This role ensures strong integration and alignment across all engineering stakeholders and other functions in the broader Offshore Wind organization to deliver new product development programs on schedule and budget.

This role facilitates daily management of the NPI program portfolio, develops long- and short-term schedules and supports prioritization of NPI programs and activities. You lead LEAN projects to systemically improve Program & Budget management across the entire Engineering organization.

The Engineering Program Management & Operations Leader is a key member of the Offshore Wind Engineering staff and reports to the Offshore Wind CTO.

Job Description

About us

GE Renewable Energy is one of the world's leading offshore wind energy companies, with a portfolio of offshore wind turbines ranging from 6 MW to 14 MW that offer increased value to customers with proven performance, reliability, efficiency and availability.

We have invested more than $400 million to develop the Haliade-X, an investment that will also drive down offshore wind farms’ levelized cost of energy, helping make offshore wind energy more competitive for our customers. The Haliade-X was the industry’s first 14MW offshore wind turbine to operate, and is the only 12+MW offshore wind turbine platform that has been operating for over two years, specifically at its Rotterdam prototype site.

Roles and Responsibilities

In your role as Engineering Program Management & Operations Leader, you:

  • Are ultimately accountable for timely execution of the engineering part of new product development programs (NPI) within the available budget. You report out to the CTO and finance team on a regular basis the budget status and forecasts, and to the Engineering Managers on program status.

  • Partner with peers and other key stakeholders to make program prioritization decisions and ensure alignment across stakeholders. Ensure that Program management, Scheduling and engineering operations processes are aligned across NTI, NPI, ITO, OTR and Fleet engineering.

  • Lead the Engineering organization operationally with a set of tools that allow Engineering managers to manage their resources efficiently and effectively. You provide them with easy to work with reports on both program status as well as resources loading

  • Develop the vision and set strategic priorities for program management (including scheduling, resource management, budget management) and engineering operational support while ensuring alignment across your team and the engineering teams of your peers.

  • Drive a culture of outstanding process rigor, transparency, cross-functional collaboration, and efficiency into program management and operational rhythms

  • Work collaboratively with the Product Line leader, NPI Platform leader, Customer Support Engineering leader, and other functions as well as the broader Engineering Leadership team on new project requests and project change requests.

  • Lead a team of Program Managers, Schedulers & Operations Engineers, providing clarity on priorities, coaching the team to develop & succeed and organize the team with clear roles & responsibilities

  • Establish a regular operating rhythm with engineering leadership to review the program portfolio in terms of program status, program prioritization, resource and budget impact as well as addressing program scope and risk management aspects

  • Ensure identification and monitoring of Program de-risking plans for high-risk activities

  • Provide focus on resource planning and -leveling as an instrument to manage individual & team workload to acceptable levels while meeting all business objectives of the program portfolio

  • Establish and maintain a process for daily priority & workload management at the lowest level in the organization.

  • Partner with the Engineering Lean & Quality leaders for continuous improvement and problem solving

  • Own the engineering strategic budget planning (S2) and subsequent Operational budget planning and ensure the engineering teams are fully integrated into the S2 process cycle

  • Develop strategy for operational and financial metrics & implement visual dashboards to monitor process health / adherence as well as program KPI´s including, but not limited to NPI OTD, Budget, schedule implementation %, resource loading % etc.

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Civil Engineering, or equivalent

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in project management, Engineering Operations and Finance in an engineering environment, with track record of clear process- and tool improvement impact for a 300+ heads Engineering team

  • Familiar with P6 scheduling tools or equivalent

  • Excellent Leadership and communication skills, including influencing leadership and leading a team of professionals, working across cultural boundaries and organizations in a global team

  • Minimum 5 years´ experience as a people leader of a team of 10+ people

  • Experience in leading $50MM+ NPI total program

  • Diligent record keeping and attention to detail, while keeping an eye on the big picture.

  • Ability to prioritize and set challenging but realistic time schedules

  • Service-oriented attitude in support of the whole engineering organization

  • Highly valuable experience in Wind industry. Candidates with experience in any other industry must have PMP certification.

  • Fluent in English (written & oral)

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Desired Characteristics

  • Working knowledge of Wind Turbine Mechanical and Electrical Systems; experience in a similar role in the Wind Industry

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Knowledge of GE Renewables organization and equipment designs

  • Experience with development and delivery of training material

  • PMP® Certification or equivalent education / background in project management (e.g. 1-year master’s in project management)​

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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