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Program Manager Job

Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: Kirkland, WA, US

Company: PACCAR

Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks.  PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.


Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!


Kenworth Truck Company
Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products.

Requisition Summary

Kenworth Truck Company, a division of PACCAR Inc, is seeking a Program Manager with a BS/BA degree and 5+ years of industry related experience.  This role will be  responsible for managing program development in a matrixed organization to meet program objectives, including schedules, budgets, communication and issue management.  This assignment is to be located in Kirkland, WA.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Coordinate program activities across multiple departments at Kenworth, other PACCAR divisions, Purchasing, Supplier Quality, and suppliers. 
  • Deliver assigned programs on time, on budget, while meeting program objectives.
  • Maintain assigned programs in the appropriate tollgate phase.
  • Effectively communicate up, down, and across the organization, including to Senior Management.
  • Write business plans and obtain approval.
  • Develop and manage assigned program budgets and schedules.
  • Lead efforts to obtain 100% PPAP approval prior to Volume Validation builds.
  • Manage successful production implementation.
  • Contribute to department-wide continuous improvement activities.
  • Travel up to 15% of the time.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills / Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  MS/MBA degree preferred
  • PMP or PgMP certification preferred. If candidate does not currently have a certification, they must be willing to earn one within 12 months of satisfying the experience requirements for the certification.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with increasing responsibility in project development with demonstrated leadership success required.
  • Experience working with projects that have significant electrified component or software content preferred.
  • Technical aptitude and ability to succinctly communicate complicated topics required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated presentation ability, including to senior management, is preferred.
  • Previous experience managing projects to a stage gate process required, Kenworth / Peterbilt Tollgate process preferred. 
  • Experience managing projects within matrixed organizations spanning multiple locations and countries preferred.
  • Experience working with or in production environments desired.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, take initiative, be a strong team player and a problem-solver.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment, and manage multiple priorities.  
  • Demonstrates high leadership potential.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project, SharePoint, Teams, and Power BI preferred.
  • Six Sigma training preferred.
  • Commercial truck product knowledge strongly preferred.

Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • Competitive salary, 401k with a 5% match, AND a company paid Pension Plan after 5 years of service.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for you and your family.
  • Comprehensive Paid Time Off – Vacation, Paid Holidays, and Sick Leave.
  • Tuition Reimbursement for continued education – eligible after 1 year of service.
  • Global Fortune 500 company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities.
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields.

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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