Senior Program Manager, Hardware/Software

| Northwest Suburbs

An empty treadmill isn’t compelling, but once someone steps on it, the stories are limitless. Our goal is to connect people emotionally to their fitness journey. We are a global team coming from different cultures and backgrounds with a shared passion to achieve and live our mission of inspiring healthier lives.

 

Inspire. Innovate. Make an impact and join our team!

 

The Senior Program Manager is responsible for the cost, schedule, and performance of major fitness product development programs at Life Fitness.  This position coordinates overall continuous improvement, product development, and system engineering programs for consumer/commercial cardiovascular/strength equipment or connectivity products. All project phases (concept formulation, proposals, trade studies, preliminary design, fabrication, test, performance evaluation, documentation, cost reduction, product improvement, and life cycle maintenance) are part of the Program Manager’s responsibility.

 

This role will interface with Life Fitness product management staff, management, subcontractors, and customers. The Program Manager should have combined experience in Electrical, Mechanical and Software Development Programs:

  • Managing internal and/or externally based cross-functional teams

  • Working with overseas and domestic development partners

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Program Manager shall be able to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the management, performance, and completion of major consumer/commercial strength, cardiovascular, or connectivity programs.

  • Experience using methodologies such as Waterfall/SDLC, Agile/Scrum product development methods within the parameters of the Life Fitness PDP PACE development process.

  • Coordinates proposal preparation, establishes and monitors master plans and schedules.  Prepares budget and schedules for new developments.

  • Tracks spending and program costs to budget.

  • Generates and maintains program schedules.  Monitors actual vs. scheduled program progress.

  • Directs the Integrated Program Team, which may include Purchasing, Engineering, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, and administrative functional areas.

  • Manages and directs all phases of a program from inception to completion. Monitors work in progress in support of programs.

  • Oversees the development of design concepts and test criteria.  Implements test plans for system and component level development.

  • Prepares program status reports-Financial/Functional.

  • Creates and presents design review packages to management.

  • Distributes well-defined and prioritized work.

  • Directly supervises a small team of technical specialists and/or program managers. 

  • Coordinates and implements cost reductions for redesign and procurement.

  • Resolves field, service, and manufacturing issues related to the design.

  • Analyzes the effect of schedule changes upon various functional areas.

  • Formulates and recommends corrective action measures such as schedule revisions, labor adjustments, fund allocations and work requirements.

  • Resolves technical impacts of schedule changes against established plans and parameters to determine the most practical and cost-efficient methods.

  • Identifies issues requiring resolution, before they become a problem, and recommends solutions.

  • Establishes common platform architectures and best design practices to reduce development time.

  • Prepares statements of work and negotiates technical details for subsystem designs with outside supplies or customers.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Minimum of ten years working in or with product development teams that span electrical, mechanical, embedded and software engineering.

  • Minimum of three years program management experience for integrated hardware/software products, ideally in global scope.

  • Multitasking.  Ability to handle multiple simultaneous programs and priorities.

  • Flexible. Able to plan for contingencies and know when to invoke them.

  • Organized. Process oriented.

  • Leadership.  Ability to successfully manage teams on challenging projects.

  • Track record of launching successful programs.

  • Proficient in MS Project as well as Excel/Word/PowerPoint

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

 

EDUCATION

BS or equivalent experience in Engineering, Management, or Science.

 

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Experience in UI technologies and implementation

  • Proven connected product development experience

  • JIRA Experience

  • Previous management experience with technical products.

  • Certified Project Management Professional

  • Certified New Product Development Professional

  • Master of Project Management Degree

  • MBA

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Location

10601 Belmont Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131

An Insider's view of Life Fitness

What projects are you most excited about?

Life Fitness On Demand is a digital library of instructor-led classes streamed on our app and cardio equipment. Collaborating with the brightest minds at Life Fitness, I've led and seen it grow from conceptualization to product launch. I am excited as we continue to enhance the in-workout user experience and integrate new technologies.

Arturo

Director, Product Development

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’m proud to say that my career has shown consistent progression over the last two decades. In college, I began my journey as a part-time office admin and am now one of our IT leaders. I held various analyst roles within the business and IT. My growth has been truly influenced by some amazing leaders who saw my potential and supported me.

Deanna

Director, Business Solutions

What are Life Fitness Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Life Fitness employees have access to an FSA
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Fitness' health insurance policy covers some out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Life Fitness offers team fitness initiatives including in-office yoga, in-office fitness classes, and sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Life Fitness provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes summer hours, flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home and the ability to work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Life Fitness sponsors family oriented events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Our game room includes ping pong, a pool table, foosball, shuffle board, and darts.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted on occasion.
Parking
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Free onsite gym at all office locations.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Life Fitness hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Paid industry certifications
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