Southfield, MI, US, 48033

Design Program Manager


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As a member of the Eagle Ottawa Global Design Team, the Design Program Manager will be responsible for leading their customer account, engaging in design actives to promote and sell our products on targeted programs. You will lead internal efforts and communications to ensure developed products meet customer expectations, also that key customer timing and testing is met. Develop and support design trend shows and reports.


The Role:

  • Propose leather products to support business plan for targeted programs. This is achieved with frequent customer meetings, product/trend presentations
  • Identify new business opportunities in advance of forecasting services to the team through frequent contact with the OEM Designers, allowing Eagle Ottawa designs and product strategy to be developed early for a competitive advantage
  • Works with product development to develop appropriate aesthetic properties for new leather development on schedule to meet customer specifications
  • Develops and executes leather presentations showing automotive ready concepts and development capability (i.e. color and trend research, trend shows)
  • Responsible for operating complex programs and projects, which includes handling tasks that are involved in designing and development, as well as production
  • Align and track all awarded materials including secondary operations that support winning OEM targeted programs in 5 year plan
  • Support on-time completion of all required color mastering and construction activities for awarded business. Including keeping history, tracking, and providing documentation to appropriate parties
  • Leads cross functional internal team activities and communications to achieve the above objectives
  • Assist the EO design team in completing the Global Trend Presentation
  • Participation on internal weekly program calls
  • Build strong customer partnerships
  • Other Design related tasks


Advantages of working at Lear in the Global Design Team:

  • Cross functional exposure
  • Customer interaction
  • Global team interaction and opportunities
  • Hands on role from concept to reality


Your Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree/4-year Degree Required
  • Automotive Color & Trim, Project Management, Business
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, Word, Excel, Outlook, Familiar with SharePoint sites 
  • Designer can create and design various patterns and graphics by utilizing Adobe Suite 
  • Designer should be able to manage and lead the needed design work independently 
  • Designer must display professionalism and be able to relate well with all levels of customers


Bonus If You Have:

  • Automotive leather experience
  • Color and materials background
  • Account management experience




Lear Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workplace.


Applicants must submit their resume for consideration using our applicant tracking system. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, or similar, will not be paid a fee and will become the property of Lear Corporation.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit