Sr. Software Manager

REQ: REQ-111863 Engineering

  • Farmington Hills, MI, United States
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Manages the people, product, budget, & process activities of the engineering design teams at the project, program and operational level for small to large scale PASA business pursuits. 


  • Responsible to manage the software development team in Farmington Hills, MI for the development of Proof of Concept pursuits, RFI and RFQ responses to customers, and development of software for awarded projects.
  • Responsible for the talent acquisition processes for Software Engineering across multiple technology areas including: CyberSecurity, Functional safety, Audio, Receiver, Networking, Safety, Manufacturing, Operating Systems, Architecture, Navigation, UX, ADAS, Vehicle Networks, System Services and other areas as required. Engages with cross-discipline teams to drive proper workforce planning to meet the needs of the business.
  • Active engagement with Human Resources and Purchasing to identify and onboard talent for both Internal and 3rd Party resources.
  • Participates in interviews for both direct and non-direct positions.
  • Accountable for the ongoing quality of talent in the business unit – for both internal and external resources.  Ensures that measures are in place to ensure continued growth and excellence of the engineering team.
  • Ensures that performance expectations are clear to the individuals within the project/program. Specifically, ensures that the project/program’s strategic and operational goals are clear to all and that individual accountabilities and objectives are aligned to support achieving overall project/program goals.
  • Ensures that all direct reports are properly allocated to PASA approved projects in conjunction with other business units. Responsible for re-allocation of resources across projects as necessary to support changes in PASA business direction.
  • Direct reports may additionally include managers or engineers with supervisory responsibility for team members.
  • Reviews and tracks progress of direct reports Planned vs Actual effort on projects and makes corrections as required.
  • Ensures that all individuals within the project/program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support higher levels of performance and ongoing development of their skills.
  • Identifies mentors for all new associates and also acts as a mentor to team members as required.
  • Identifies high-potential talent within project/program and follows through with additional developmental plans.
  • Establishes a formal learning and development plan for all employees and track progress.
  • Identifies employee relations issues and develops action plans that address the root cause through training/coaching/policy clarifications.
  • Leads ethics compliance for direct PASA associates.
  • Understands, and can explain to the team, how Software Engineering projects align with company Strategy & Goals.
  • Provides input to new process definition documents.
  • Provides on the job training and coaching of staff to ensure engineering required processes are followed.
  • Manages fixed and non-cap asset tracking process. Maintains database of all engineering assets issued to PASA employees.
  • Manages equipment calibration and record retention for all assets allocated to direct resources (internal and external).
  • Manages departmental request for approvals (RFA) to support PASA business objectives. Ensures RFA’s align with company direction.
  • Creates and reports forecasting accuracy monthly score-card for aforementioned departments and review with stakeholders monthly. Holds budget managers accountable for inaccurate forecasting.
  • Acts as primary lead for EARS system including resource/budget forecasting, Purchase Order creation, and on-boarding.
  • Leads and ensures accountability of team to drive and participate in all relevant standards around Security, Safety  ISO26262, Process ASPICE and others as required.
  • Ensures the team is compliant with all necessary customer required product certifications.
  • Leads and participates in all requested company / customer mandated audits. Utilizes team members as necessary and ensure team members have the necessary experience and training.
  • Manages internal customer feedback survey for all work requests which is used for continuous improvement.
  • Develops project level engineering resource plans to meet the development requirements of projects in the form of work breakdown structure resource planning tools.
  • Manages the project level engineering timeline plan to meet the development requirements of the product in the form of critical path timing planning tools.
  • Manages project level activities in analyzing key product indicator data & trends to improve the product quality & development process.
  • Allocates engineers as requested by PASA Management to support the pursuit of new business and customer requested Proof of Concepts (PoC). Develops resource mitigation plans to ensure that current in-flight project is not negatively impacted.
  • Ensures that engineers obtains necessary training and experience to pursue new and emerging technologies.
  • Involved in the PoC ideation design and creation process and competency building in new roadmap technologies
  • Researches and implement new technologies through engagement with other disciplines and direct team members. Performs readout of these emerging technologies and opportunities to Executive Management.
  • Creates and owns Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for direct engineering department.
  • Creates reporting tools (dashboard) for high level budget reporting to Executive Leadership.
  • Tracks headcount budget for direct engineering department and ensures that Planned vs Actual budget is aligned. Creates mitigation plan for deviation from budget and presents to executive management for approval.
  • Manages and plans for Direct Labor Headcount for assigned projects, in coordination with sub-contractors and project timeline.  Works with functional VP’s, Director’s and Group Manager’s to ensure direct headcount is in line with overall annual headcount plan.
  • Manages, plans and forecasts all 3rd party/vendor expense on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, in line with the project's WBS.  Works with Engineering, Purchasing, Legal, etc. to create SOWs with milestone deliveries and payments.  Identifies and implements savings for assigned projects, relative to overall budget.
  • Manages, plans and forecasts Fixed Assets, per department AOP. Able to justify fixed assets with Return on Investment justification.


  • Four-year college degree in Software, Electrical, Computer Engineering or related degree required.
  • Ten (10) years of direct engineering design related experience in automotive or electronics industry, utilizing any of the Systems, Software, Electrical, Mechanical development roles.
  • Three (3) years of demonstrated budget and talent management experiences, preferably leading engineering project teams. 



  • Great Medical / Dental Benefits
  • Company-Matched 401K Retirement Savings
  • Annual Bonus Program
  • Educational Assistance & Reimbursement Program
  • Relaxed Dress Code
  • Onsite Recreation Center & Café
  • PASATalks Speaker Summits
  • Leadership & Mentorship Programs
  • High5 Reward Recognition Program
  • Onsite Happy Hours!
  • And many more benefits & perks found within the ‘Our Culture’ section…




At Panasonic, our technology and engineering expertise delivers innovation across diverse industries. It's all about the consumer experience and making sure that we find ways to enhance that experience, either through audio enhancements or through safety enhancements inside the vehicle.

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA) is an industry-leading global supplier to Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) for infotainment systems and advanced connected car solutions. Our clients include Ford, GM, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Tesla, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and many others. In serving our customers, we don't just strive to put tomorrow's technology on the road – we pride ourselves on recruiting the brightest and best to do it.


Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to: race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Automotive Systems of America.

REQ: REQ-111863 Engineering

  • Farmington Hills, MI, United States
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