Industrial System Strategy and Planning Lead

at Ford Motor Company in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

The Opportunity

Ford is undertaking a massive digital transformation. The movement of Ford to a software and services company is evident in our core business as well as new and emerging areas such as Ford Pro, an industry first, global commercial vehicle distribution and service business passionate about improving efficiency for customers. To achieve these critical initiatives, Ford must think and work differently to support the evolution to a software-focused business. A key area that needs transformation and modernization is the Industrial System.

Ford’s Industrial Transformation – Project Synergy:

About 2000 applications/tools/spreadsheets ageing between 10 and 40 years are involved in the process of evolving the design of a new product into an assembled vehicle. These siloed and fragmented processes, systems, and data are a key factor in making Ford’s Industrial System uncompetitive. An end-to-end transformation across the ecosystem is imperative and the timing in NOW as we have deferred this investment.

There are 3 parts to this transformation (Engineering – PD, Material Planning – MRP, and Manufacturing – MFG) that will be executed concurrently, in an integrated roadmap, focused on targeted programs/plants. This will be a multi-year transformation.

PD Transformation:

Transform PD with new organization, processes (Engineering Change, Failure Mode Analysis, Systems Engineering) and tools for 3D engineering collaboration.

MRP Modernization:

As part of Ford’s Industrial Transformation, this program modernizes Ford’s Material Requirements Planning & Inventory Management process, and replaces a 1980’s era green-screen system (CMMS3) with prioritized deployment across core vehicle operations and powertrain plants.

Digital MFG / Next Gen:

Create next generation digital manufacturing capabilities by: leveraging he capabilities from the new Engineering ecosystem to seamlessly integrate into the factory floor design & planning, work instructions, process simulation.

The Position

The IT Strategy & Planning Lead will partner with stakeholders, business & IT SMEs, PDO teams, and vendor-partners to organize, structure, support, drive, monitor, & report on Project Synergy, an Industrial System enterprise transformation initiative. The role responsibilities will include:

+ Coordinate and align all program deliverables along with associated teams across multiple functions, IT PDOs, and other related functions, to ensure the overall comprehensive vision is achieved on-time supporting critical vehicle program milestones with high quality

+ Coordinate cross-functional program governance and integration into all levels L1-L3

+ Maintain focused risk & issue management across the program

+ Handle formal scope definition & tracking and change log

+ Own the financial forecast and actuals across program scope

+ Manage the orchestration of activities across stakeholders to develop and implement the initiative roadmap and associated deliverables

+ Conduct PI Planning on a quarterly basis to define specific value delivery

+ Align program achievements to overarching strategic roadmap, defining the development and deployment of process changes and enabling technology

+ Proactively engage to resolve hurdles and roadblocks before they become issues impacting the launch

+ Collaborate with stakeholders as needed to ensure monthly updates and metrics are posted and consolidated into the required monthly report out artifacts per corporate standards

+ Prepare and deliver executive updates and presentations for operational updates, organizational accomplishments to objectives, strategy and roadmap etc

+ Take a leading role in planning quarterly leadership offsites


The Person

The successful candidate will have the following experiences and skills:


+ Strong demonstrated abilities in Strategy & Planning

+ 5+ years consistent track record, driving accountability and ownership with cross-functional teams

+ 5+ years large-scale program management and cross work stream integration

+ Expertise in financial and resource management

+ Experience in handling governance reviews and issue resolutions

+ Ability to balance between Program Management and Agile practices

+ Experience in Agile software delivery, Scrum, and PI Planning methodologies

+ Self-starter – able to identify what needs to be done and then get it done

+ Hands-on problem solver to anticipate and proactive resolve hurdles before they become issues

+ Experience in coordinating, organizing and hosting key meetings and events

+ Inclusive leadership style with the ability to lead through influence and build meaningful relationships at all levels and functions of the organization

+ Be able to work cross-functionally, in a matrixed environment and have experience in a large multi-national company

+ Most importantly, the successful candidate will exhibit the Ford+ behaviors and work diligently and ethically each day to help achieve success of the Ford+ plan


+ Understanding of Product Driven System of Delivery

+ Politically savvy navigating the organization to achieve outcomes

+ Experience with Ford Industrial Systems domains (Product Development, Supply Chain, Manufacturing)

+ Knowledge of manufacturing and engineering processes i.e., GPDS, FPS

+ Familiarity with PLM and MRP technologies including SAP

+ Experience bringing together business change initiatives and the key enablers

+ Understanding of emerging digital technologies

+ Experience driving IT integration across domains

+ Experience modernizing legacy IT infrastructure and applications

+ Role model of Ford+ leadership behaviors

You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we’ve outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder…or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

- Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage

- Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more

- Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases

- Tuition assistance

- Established and active employee resource groups

- Paid time off for individual and team community service

- A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

- Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

For a detailed look at our benefits, click here: Benefit Summary (\\https:/\\_;!!N\LtwI-RPugbI9wg0dJn!DsiF5SEXdZDVZwdZgnRezGpR7r347NCo7gj6QzTiwtjge5\qTcqMFhCCblgcCy1Vja\vkencOcNa-g$)

Domestic relocation is available for this position.

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Job Posting: JC259770963

Posted On: May 12, 2024

Updated On: Jun 19, 2024

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