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Senior Launch Manager

Location: Spartanburg, SC, United States
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  • Provides the project and commercial interface between the Auria plant and internal cross functional team from program award until start of production +90 days.
  • Responsible for the launch readiness and main customer interface between Auria and local OEM assembly plant.
  • Leads cross functional, international team of Program Management, Advanced Technical, Sales, Operations, Quality, Finance etc. to ensure plant readiness for launch.


Responsible for:

  • Development and execution of launch plans
  • Delivering program(s) within agreed budget and above awarded profitability
  • Ensuring the plant has required resources for a successful launch
  • Plant technical readiness to receive tooling and equipment
  • Timely start-up of tooling and equipment commissioning
  • Adherence to customer build events according to customer and internal APQP/ PPAP process
  • Tracking and timely closure of customer and internal open issues including root cause analysis, documenting lessons learned and implementation of corrective actions, commercial collections etc.
  • Coordinating customer visits and managing customer expectations


Specific tasks:

  • Initiates and signs off on Team Feasibility Commitments
  • Tracks launch performance using Launch Score Card
  • Provides information for quoting / engineering changes including capital, start-up costs, and labor
  • Provides and maintains accurate BOM, DFMEA, PFMEA, Value Stream Analysis etc.
  • Uses Manufacturing Engineering checklist to sign off on plant acceptance for tooling and equipment.
  • Provides standard work documents to Plant Floor
  • Develops capital budget with Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, ensures capital requirements are optimized for plant specific needs
  • Forecasts spending and tracks capital expenditures against budget
  • Completes Layered Process Audits as required per CPM 8.04
  • Participates in daily accountability meetings


Reports to:

  • Program Management Lead in Europe
  • Functional reporting to Plant Manager in Spartanburg Plant


Work location: Auria Spartanburg



  • Requires a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience with program launch of interior parts with German OEM’s, specifically BMW
  • Requires previous experience in a technical, program management or operations role with Automotive tier 1 supplier
  • Knowledge of Soft Trim and Acoustics manufacturing process and materials
  • Technical or commercial degree (Bachelor or higher), preferred



  • Knowledge of Plex a plus
  • Ability to take a leadership role in a team environment
  • Effective communication with customers and all levels of Auria’s global organization
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in both German and English language required


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.




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