Senior Management Leadership Development Program

Executive Birmingham, Alabama





Who are we? Autocar is the only American truck manufacturer focused on trucks for severe-duty vocational applications. But above all, Autocar is focused on our customers:  We don’t just build trucks, we provide a complete tool - a whole system - that helps our customers to be more successful and to achieve their challenging objectives. Autocar’s hundreds of customers include every national waste-hauling fleet, major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, and Charlotte, and many of the largest retailers and freight handlers in North America.

As the industry's technology and innovation leader, Autocar has forged strong partnerships with the leading suppliers in the business, including, Allison, Cummins, ArvinMeritor, Hendrickson among others, and has delivered more natural gas vehicles than all of our competitors combined.  Autocar is the oldest motor vehicle manufacturer in the United States and built America's first truck, in 1899. A proudly American-owned company, Autocar is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, and is affiliated with GVW Group, based in Highland Park, Illinois.

What will you do? The Senior Management Leadership Development role is an accelerated rotational program designed to cultivate competitive leaders with the skills and experience to be put in future strategic management positions. Assignments include but are not limited to process management, project management and/or people management.



Participants of the Senior Management Leadership Development Program will provide “hands-on” process and project management leadership at various sites and be responsible for promoting best practices leading improvement and technology projects throughout the company.

The Senior Management Leadership Development role should have the proven ability to successfully define business process improvements, needs, and improvement value drivers and have extensive experience in all aspects of business process analysis, including concept development, scope definition, problem discovery, process & value design, and “bridging” the business, functional teams to translate business needs into effective and aligned process, people and technology solutions.

The successful Senior Management Leadership Development role will be able to effectively collaborate and share collective insight with Executive, Functional, Program, Project, and team members, document project deliverables and communicate with individuals at all levels of an organization from the desk level to the C-level and possess a solid understanding of the business motivations to implement change, drive benefits realization and business outcomes. The starting assignment for this role involves definition and execution of PMO processes and governance best practices adapted to GVW Group’s business environment in partnership with the various business leaders of GVW Group and its subsidiaries (Autocar, Triz, Aculocity, Autocar Parts, etc.).

       Assist the PMO Director in the establishment of a common set of PMO practices, tools and templates for portfolio, program and project level management and ensures standards are being followed.

       Improve project execution discipline by ensuring appropriate project and portfolio planning and management practices are used and followed.

       Improve visibility into project portfolio status and risks and generate monthly PMO metrics to show trends and opportunities for improvements.

       Follow-up and follow-through with various program and project managers to ensure progress and alignment with baseline project scope, budget and timeline.

       Facilitate the project demand intake process for new projects, ensuring timely alignment and stakeholder endorsement.

       Direct and mentor team of project management professionals.

       Ensure project management staff is tracking key project milestones and adjusting project plans and/or resources to meet the needs of the stakeholders.

       Coordinate with various groups to help expose critical project information through several mechanisms such as project websites, dashboards and collaborative workbooks.

       Responsible for team work assignments, directing and monitoring work efforts on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality reviews and escalating issues appropriately.

       Work to assess resource capacity and impact on active and planned projects.

       Coordinate and monitor project-level change controls (e.g., re-baselines) for active projects, ensuring alignment with agreed processes/governance.

       Support business governance forums as required (Project Team Meetings, Project Steering Committees, ROIs Review Committee, Leadership Team Meetings, etc.).

       Provide training/guidance/support to PMO team members, including onboarding of new members.

       Support the PMO Community of Practice meetings and other PMO knowledge management forums.

       Additional activities as required to support the portfolio, including strategic and “Run the Business” elements.


What does it take to be a part of our team?

       Bachelors degree (minimum), Master’s degree (preferred), technical discipline or Supply Chain experience

       Lean Six Sigma and/or PMP certifications highly desirable

       7+ years of senior level experience in project management of large-scale projects across functions or organizations

       Demonstrated competency in strategic thinking and leadership, with strong abilities in relationship management, gained experience in managing resources to meet goals across multiple projects, gained experience in leading multidiscipline, high-performance work teams/groups, and/or demonstrated competency in developing efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems.

       Experience in business process design and improvement initiatives including exposure and knowledge of process assessment (current state) and analysis to identify improvement opportunities and defining future state leveraging a variety of process methodology and modeling techniques and BPM tools (e.g., LEAN, Six Sigma, BPMS, TPS, etc.).

       Previous experience within the truck manufacturing industry highly desired

       Proficiency with project management and Microsoft tools (e.g., MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint)

       Strong analytical skills, attention to detail and business acumen.

       Ability to work independently to achieve results and exercise influence across a global matrix organization.

       Experience in the dynamics of program/project management involving cross-functional, multi-site teams

       Strong written and verbal communication abilities and strong interpersonal skills

       Expertise in critical thinking, influence, negotiation, problem solving, strategic thinking and leadership in a matrix environment. 



       Ability to facilitate consensus and negotiate compromise.

       Individual who is a conceptual, strategic thinker, who can transform ideas into practical implementation at a detailed level

       Significant experience in project management related to process improvement initiatives

       Superior analytical and problem solving skills

       Excellent verbal and written communication skills

       Strong skills and experience in issue resolution and managing to stringent timelines for project deliverables

       Strong communication skills; experience presenting to executive/senior level management

       Recognized as an expert corporate consultant in multiple disciplines

       Demonstrated ability to lead and coach others

       Experience with matrix project teams

       Experience managing a segment of the project work

       Demonstrated ability to achieve desired results

       Excels in partnership, communications, persuasion, and negotiation skills

       Must act as a change catalyst



Where will you work? The Senior Management Leadership Development Program at Autocar will be based at the headquarters of Autocar, LLC, in Birmingham, AL.

What do we offer in benefits? We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, retirement/401K plans, etc.