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Senior Project Manager at Garmin International in Olathe, Kansas

Posted in Engineering 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

GPS Manufacturer/Distributor

As a leading worldwide provider of navigation devices and wearable technology, our focus is on developing, designing and supporting superior products. Our advanced technology promotes performance, safety and ease of use in every market we serve. That makes us an engineering and technology company with a keen focus on recruiting talent in those fields. But the same vertical integration business model that keeps all design and manufacturing processes in-house also gives us the incentive to hire top performers from different backgrounds, including operations, finance and accounting, information technology, sales, marketing and communications.


Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Regardless if you’re a newbie or a veteran, engineers dream it, design it and use it. Here, you will be surrounded by others who share the same passion about what they do every day. We offer a relaxed team environment (no dress code!) where advancement is found from sharing knowledge, not hiding it! While we promise you a lot of responsibility, you also will have the opportunity to have ownership over projects…oh, and we promise you there will be some fun mixed in there, too!


If quality and testing are your thing, Garmin has your team. We’re looking for systems test engineers who want to make people’s lives safer, healthier and more enjoyable. From developing and executing systems test plans to reporting and analyzing results, we need self-motivated, team-oriented and confident engineers who strive for – and exceed – superiority. If you thrive on methodologies, validations and executions, we want to test you!


We are looking for a full-time Senior Project Manager for our headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. In this role, you will serve as a leader and mentor in project management activities between multidisciplinary teams and departments in the development of Garmin products. You will lead complex mid to large scale projects, included but not limited to: motorcycle, automotive, RV, personal navigation devices, cameras, etc.  Other essential functions include:

  • Leads provision for the timely documentation of clear project scope (i.e. assumptions, requirements (internal, external, regulatory)), objectives/targets, validation needs, resource estimates (costs, and timing), for projects of any scale or complexity, even in cases where elements are not well known (e.g. Concepts, etc)

  • Collaborates globally with Engineering, Marketing, Sales, Communications, Operations, Production, and other teams in the continental US, Europe and Taiwan.

  • Serves as a role model for leading effective and efficient team meetings including ability to drive wide variety of efforts toward resolution/closure and identifying and resolving conflicts within the project team(s)

  • Leverages advanced communication skills to ensure team members/stakeholders are appropriately informed, leads project tradeoff discussions and drives decisions to keep projects moving forward

  • Drives project development and issue resolution through identification of risks/issues, creation of mitigation plans for projects within their segment and identification of issues which impact other segments

  • Identifies and resolves conflicts through understanding of interdependencies of and development of effective relationships between the development team(s), other Garmin teams/departments, and external entities (e.g. customers, suppliers, etc)

  • Leverages understanding of document control and change management processes

  • Works to independently find solutions to challenges, including suggesting and leading implementation of improvements to the product development and project management processes

  • Creates and/or enhances tools used to support project planning and tracking of development activities

  • Makes substantial contributions to determining feasibility of project goals/objectives

  • Mentors members of the Project Management team.

Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in a technical discipline from a four-year college or university AND a minimum of 5 years relevant project management experience OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant project management experience. Other requirements include:

  • Excellent academics (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 as a general rule)

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project software

  • Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to lead a team in the development of product/concept development plans as well as successfully execute projects of any scale or complexity

  • Advanced understanding of production and operations issues as they relate to engineering project management, including the ability to successfully identify and mitigate risks 

  • Proven communication, interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills through success in previous project management experience

  • Demonstrated success in bringing together cross functional teams for effective problem resolution

  • Previous experience managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Proficient computer skills in MS Office Suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint)

Our benefits, designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life, keep us competitive and allow our associates to make their own decisions about their well-being and future. We offer a choice of healthcare plans—with low or no premiums—which consistently rank in the 90th percentile when compared to other high-tech employers, plus dental and vision plans for you and your family. In addition, our financial benefits rate 82% above the median for technology companies comparable in size. Our 401K retirement plan provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount.


Garmin International is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age or disability.