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Senior Engineering Project Manager (Sheet Metal Fabrication) - Hardware CoE at Johnson Controls, Inc.

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Job Description:

Johnson Controls is powered by your talent. We are the power behind the customer mission. Together we are building a world that’s safe, comfortable and sustainable. Our diverse global team creates innovative, integrated solutions to make cities more connected, buildings more intelligent and environments more comfortable and secure. We are all about improving outcomes for our partners. Tomorrow needs your talent. Tomorrow needs you. So let’s talk today.

What you will do

The Sr. Engineering Project Manager (Sheet Metal Fabrication) in the Central Engineering Hardware CoE offers outstanding career growth and advancement opportunities! This long-term growth role will provide exposure to the Johnson Controls engineering network, its global engineering leaders, Procurement leadership, and the Executive Leadership Team.

The role has both near-term and longer-term objectives.  In the near-term, the Senior Engineering Project Manager will support Project LEAP, working across the PBU’s, partnering with Procurement to drive platform, standardize, and rationalize engineered products to extract COGS value from commodity sub-categories. They will interface with PBU Engineering Teams to gain alignment, approvals, and execute plans that are derived from sub-category cluster analysis.  Included in this effort will be a focused drive to consolidate engineering design standards, material selection matrices, and Common Global Part Libraries. 

Longer-term, this Subject Matter Technical Expert will partner with Product Management and PBU Engineering to understand product roadmaps to determine the technologies needed at the commodity level to support product designs.  This knowledge, its due diligence, and analysis form the charter for the planned Strategic Category Teams (SCT) that will be established and led by the SMTE. They will also triangulate between Product Engineering, Procurement, and Suppliers and will develop and publish technology roadmaps, preferred solution, and early supplier involvement opportunities, all of which will increase JCI’s speed to market.

The Sr. Engineering Project Manager role will report into the Director of Global Hardware Platforming.

How you will do it

  • Provide technical subject matter expertise liaising between internal functional departments across all Johnson Controls PBU’s and external resource teams (i.e. HCL, CDS, Deloitte, etc.), and facilitate PBU input on agreement decisions and actions in the following areas:

    • Lead the drawing and specification reviews by category level

    • Assist in collecting missing technical information not readily available on drawings

    • Provide preliminary review input of modified drawings

    • Lead the cluster analysis, championing the decision-making process in the path forward (Freedom to Move Analysis), and provide SMTE sign-off of the process

    • Interpret design requirements, agency guidelines, and rules / regulations; and support technical discussions with approval agencies to obtain needed approvals

    • Preliminary review of analysis (FEA, CFD, etc.) and/or component qualification plans and reports

    • Assist in the EC implementation, ERP support, etc.

    • Support Procurement in supplier discussions, negotiations, etc.

    • Support tooling assessments, production / manufacturing changes, etc.

    • Preliminary review of technical publication updates

  • Project Management Execution, within the category of assignment

    • Responsible to co-deliver with Procurement the savings targets for assigned categories

    • Determine timelines and budgets for completion of engineering tasks

    • Management of critical dates, milestones, and budget

    • KPI preparation and regular report-outs

    • Communicate roadblocks to management, and assist in developing mitigation plans to maintain schedule and budget commitments

  • Lead Design Standards Consolidation for material commodity sub-categories to drive part reuse and shared designs across the PBU’s.

    • Inventory design standards from PBU’s and analyze for commonality and adjacent themes

    • Focus on design standards that drive downstream value and savings impact

    • Assure design standards are utilized as part of new product design

  • Establish Strategic Commodity Engineering Team function.  These teams will triangulate between Product Design Engineering, Procurement, and Suppliers to:

    • Deliver early supplier involvement

    • Align technology roadmaps

    • Align on capability, product launch risk, and quality targets

What you need

  • Regarded as Subject Matter Expert with category domain knowledge in sheet metal fabrication

  • 10+ years of engineering experience

  • Demonstrated team leadership skills, coaches others toward positive outcomes, and is considered a role model

  • Proven project management and organizational skills in a cross-functional team environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills and decision-making ability

  • Effective and professional communication with the ability to write reports and convey detailed technical information

  • Proficiency of MS Office, Windchill, and Johnson Controls design programs


  • Ability for occasional travel

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win everywhere, every day and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through our strategic focus on buildings.

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