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Program Manager

By August 26, 2022 No Comments

Reports To:                     Director – Program Management
Shift:                                Days


About Us:

Ontario Drive & Gear Limited

Founded in 1962, Ontario Drive & Gear Limited operates from a 105,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in New Hamburg, Ontario.

ODG has established the ARGO as a world leader in amphibious vehicles and its industrial division has built a solid reputation for the design and manufacture of quality gears and transmissions. To satisfy the growing demand for its products and innovative developments, ODG has aligned its business strength in two divisions: the Vehicle Division and the Gear Division.

ODG Gear Division’s commitment to high quality industrial products is backed by the latest gear manufacturing technology and a team of professionals dedicated to excellence in customer satisfaction. The Gear Division operates in a state-of-the-art environment designing and producing small to medium volume gears and transmissions to our customers’ specifications. ODG’s capabilities include the latest in CNC Gear Cutting, CNC machining, Gear Shaving, Broaching and Key-Seating.

Job Purpose:

To grow and maximize the value earned from customers. Responsible for the management and profitability of assigned projects. The Program Manager handles commercial matters involving contract, cost, schedule, and oversees technical long-term development of products and services.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The following is a list of the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. The tasks and the time spent performing each task may vary as business needs require. Ontario Drive & Gear Limited maintains the right to modify job duties and responsibilities at its discretion.

Essential Duties:

  • Improve performance of company in delivering value to customers
  • Estimating, preparation of proposals, and sales
  • Review customer contract, drawings, and specifications, and proposal at start of job
  • Organize and chair internal and customer kickoff meetings and publish minutes
  • Develop detailed schedules for and with engineering, procurement, and manufacturing and subcontractors to ensure coordination and timely project completion
  • Focus on capacity measures i.e. defining volumes and lead times creating a monthly projection and forecast
  • Create a quality assurance plan, and manage inspection program
  • Handle all commercial matters affecting contract, cost, or schedule
  • Review progress with responsible parties as often as required to attain schedule
  • Review and confirm that designs are as proposed and satisfy the contract
  • Submit progress reports to the customer, including updated schedule as needed
  • Monitor and control budget allocations, inventory, schedules, and the forecasting of cost deviations
  • Process change requests and change notices
  • Negotiate and write subcontracts, and Purchase Requisitions
  • Monitor subcontracts with Purchasing for compliance with schedules, specifications, and terms
  • Coordinate project start up and commissioning for customer acceptance
  • Confirm customer satisfaction with system performance
  • Prepare listing and proposal for the sale of spare parts
  • Coordinate customer training
  • Manage A/R by liaising with internal team and be accountable for customer collections
  • Settle non-conformance and warranty claims
  • Ensure that all work is completed in compliance with quality, safety, and environmental standards, and the work instructions
  • Work in compliance with Health & Safety regulations and ensure team members are following policies and procedures


To perform this job satisfactorily, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge skills and abilities required. Employees who do not possess the requirements for a job at the time of hire are expected to attain the skills, knowledge and abilities required within a specified period of time as agreed upon, in writing, with the hiring manager. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work/Education Experience Requirements:

Work experience required:  2+ years progressive responsibility in managing Programs; Product Design, Manufacturing, Installation, and Application. Bachelor’s degree/Diploma from an accredited institution in; Project Management, or a related field considered an asset.

Job related experience required:

• Cost accounting, contracts, project management
• Project engineering, estimating, scheduling, procurement, negotiating
• Solid understanding of related mechanical systems and gear manufacturing
• Read and Understand CAD drawings and blueprint reading
• Profitability analysis [at a product level]
• Ability to create/maintain meaningful KPI’s
• Experience working with cross-functional teams

Other Job Requirements:

  • Building Partnerships – Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Coaching – Providing timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem
  • Communication – Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message
  • Facilitating Change – Encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace
  • Follow‑Up – Monitoring the results of delegations, assignments, or projects, considering the skills, knowledge, and experience of the assigned individual and the characteristics of the assignment or project
  • Formal Presentation – Presenting ideas effectively (including nonverbal communication and use of visual aids) to individuals or groups when given time to prepare; delivering presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience
  • Health and Safety – Work in compliance with occupational health and safety legislation as well as company health and safety policies and procedures; ensures the safety of workers by familiarizing them with the hazards in their workplace; is able to provide necessary training and communication to ensure a safe and healthy workplace; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; corrects potentially unsafe conditions; meets expectations as indicated in the roles and responsibilities outlined in the health and safety policy.
  • Innovation – Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities
  • Managing Conflict – Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people
  • Managing Work (includes Time Management) – Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently
  • Negotiation – Effectively exploring alternatives and positions to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties
  • Quality Orientation – Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time
  • Strategic Decision Making – Obtaining information and identifying key issues and relationships relevant to a long‑range goal or vision; committing to a course of action to accomplish a long‑range goal or vision after developing alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values
  • Stress Tolerance – Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization

Technical requirements:

Equipment:      Standard office equipment
Software:          Microsoft programs, Internet, ERP (Syspro)


Interested candidates should apply directly to

Ontario Drive & Gear Limited is committed to complying with Employment Equity, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Human Rights Code throughout the entire employment cycle. If you require accommodation at any stage in the recruitment process, please let us know.

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                  I understand that the Company is collecting my personal information on this form to determine my suitability for the position I have applied for and, if the Company hires me, for the purposes of my employment relationship with the Company. I understand that the Company will use and disclose my personal information only for those purposes or as permitted or required by law. I consent to the Company collecting, using and disclosing my personal information on this form for these purposes. I also consent to the Company obtaining my personal information from any references I have specified in this application and to the Company using that information for the purposes described above. I acknowledge that I have been provided the opportunity to ask questions regarding this application form and consent.

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