Autonomous Vehicles Pilot Programs Manager

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Autonomous Vehicles Pilot Programs Manager
Ford Motor Company

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We are seeking exceptional candidates to join our growing autonomous vehicle (AV) business team! Autonomous vehicles are an important part of Ford’s future and we are looking for the best and brightest. The role will require critical thinking, problem solving capabilities, and a “get it done” attitude to help make strategic decisions that will enable Ford to be a leader in autonomy, connectivity, mobility, customer experience, and analytics. As an autonomous vehicle pilot manager, you plan and execute business pilots with multiple external partners across different commercial applications.

  • Conceptualize, design, coordinate and manage autonomous vehicle pilot programs across various skill teams within the Company and external suppliers and partners
  • Always leading with a spirit of collaboration, secure buy-in from key internal stakeholders through effective and efficient communications and key milestone reviews
  • Develop a culture of creativity and accountability in project teams – solve problems in new ways while keeping organizational commitments
  • Responsible for managing all aspects of pilot programs’ day-to-day activities to ensure programs are running to plan
  • Maintain constant dialogue with pilot execution teams, including external pilot partner to address any issues as they arise with minimal delay and rapid problem solving iterations
  • Communicate pilot learnings and results to the AV leadership team, and engage in cross-functional discourse, brainstorming, and business planning to further the overall AV business strategy
  • Challenge actively (constructively) and voice relevant concerns
  • Develop and mentor staff through on-boarding, open communication, as well as training and development opportunities; build and maintain employee morale and motivation; ensure the team is appropriately staffed with required competencies; foster a diverse and inclusive workplace

Job Requirements:
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Computer Science or Software Engineering or similar technical degree
  • 5+ years in a supervisory or leadership role
  • 2+ years in a project management role

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in Operations Management, Computer Science, Software Engineering or MBA
  • Experience leading project and/or software development teams in an agile environment is highly desired
  • Strong interpersonal and effective communication skills

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.