TriMas Corporation NPD Program Manager in Auburn, Indiana

NPD Program Manager

**Company: Rieke Packaging Systems

Primary Location: 500 W 7th Street, Auburn, IN 46706 USA

Employment Type: Salaried | Full-Time

Function: Engineering

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Main Duties & Responsibilities

The NPD Program Manager is responsible for the launch of new products/projects on time, cost, and quality.

This position reports to the Vice President, Operations North America and will be based in our Auburn, Indiana facility.

Key Responsibilities & Activities

  • Serves as the Project Manager for all new product programs, including ownership of the Stage Gate review process

  • Regularly communicate the status of all new Industrial product launches across the business

  • For projects that are behind schedule, define and implement recovery plans

  • Ensure practices are in place for New Product Introduction to deliver Flawless Launches into the business, to include:

o Design development and design verification

o Tool try-outs.

o Effective handover to global operations to ensure equipment and tooling installation is to plan.

o Technical documentation for Operations that is accurate and available in advance of the launch.

  • Ensure effective practices are in place to develop, implement and maintain product engineering documentation as follows: drawings and specifications – both Rieke’s and customer’s test specifications, test requirements and test results, flawless launch checklists.

  • Ensure the team has effective procedures in place to own the technical aspects of new product launch, including but not limited to: drawings and specifications, design FMEAs

  • Optimize requirements for CapEx expenditures.

  • Facilitate the FMEA process to reduce RPN risk and ensure that key characteristics critical to manufacturing are appropriately designated.

  • Ensure designs improve product manufacturability.

  • Participate in development of cost sheets and CapEx requests for new products.

  • Analyze forward looking resource demand and ensure that projects are scheduled to ensure availability of the right technical resources.

  • Prepare budgets.

  • Make detailed plans to accomplish goals.

Other responsibilities and/or projects as requested.


  • University degree in an engineering or science discipline.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in design development and project management positions

  • Demonstrated success with new product development

  • Strong experience interfacing directly with customers on key product development programs

  • IP protection strategies.

  • Managing relationships and product programs with customers

  • Proven people management skills and ability to develop a team


  • Member of a professional engineering society.

  • Commercial experience.

  • MBA preferred.

  • Product and technology roadmaps

  • Six Sigma. Lean manufacturing.