Technical Project Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

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Date: Apr 11, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

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.


Kenworth Truck Company

Kenworth Truck Company, founded in 1923, is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. With an excellent heritage of quality, innovation and technology, Kenworth has played an essential role in the development of trucks that are more fuel efficient, productive, and economical to operate. Today, Kenworth is leading transportation innovation with the introduction of battery-electric vehicles, exploration of fuel cell electric powertrains, and autonomous driving systems. Kenworth is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equality and inclusivity in the workplace.


Requisition Summary

This position reports to the Advanced Manufacturing Department within Kenworth Division. The Technical Project Manager will lead and oversee the development and documentation related to the manufacturing preparations for building new vehicles. This role will be with Kenworth and will be responsible for managing program development in a matrixed organization to meet program objectives, including schedules, budgets, communication, and issue management.


Job Functions / Responsibilities

The job duties will include the following:

  • Provide project management leadership to a team of Advanced Manufacturing Engineers supporting development projects for vehicles incorporating emissions compliant powertrains.
  • Lead activities associated with identifying PACCAR factory requirements for new vehicle programs. This includes but is not limited to budget requirements, brick and mortar changes, validation equipment, training, logistics packaging, product flow, and infrastructure development.
  • Coordinate program activities across multiple PACCAR divisions and departments.
  • 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 scope requests and obtain approval.
  • Develop and manage assigned program budgets and schedules.
  • Prepare and deliver program presentations.
  • Manage successful production implementation.
  • Communicate pertinent information with PACCAR impacted factories. Coordinate plant input and feedback.
  • Track and report critical metrics (readiness, defects, documentation, communication).
  • Provide build support during pilot build activities at suppliers and truck factories.
  • Contribute to department-wide continuous improvement activities.
  • Travel up to 15% will be required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Skills

The successful candidate will have five or more years of program management experience, preferably with one to three years of automotive/commercial truck experience. A highly motivated self-starter with a proven track record leading successful projects. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required.

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering is required. MS/MBA degree preferred.
  • PMP or PgMP certification preferred. If a 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, PACCAR 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.
  • Having a background with the following is a plus:
    • Strong PACCAR manufacturing experience
    • Strong heavy equipment manufacturing experience
    • Thorough knowledge of PACCAR products and the PCP Tollgate process
    • Experience with Microsoft office products.
    • Experience with Creo and Windchill
    • Project Management
    • Six Sigma Certified Belt



A bachelor’s degree in a technical area (preferably engineering) is required.


Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • 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
  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks


As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including: 

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match 
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement 
  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time 
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education 
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family 
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) 
  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs 
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
  • EAP services include wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more 


Additional Job Board Information

At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for the Technical Project Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering is $96,700 - $151,300 annually. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.


PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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