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With more than 1,700 employees at 16 locations worldwide, we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. Do-it-yourselfers, craftsmen and industrial customers all over the world trust in our innovative products, resource-saving technologies and our personal, fast service. We know that inspiring technology only comes from inspired people. In our quest for ever new, forward-looking technologies, we therefore need talented people who think and act like us: enthusiastic all-rounders, thinkers and doers, technicians and tinkerers who, in all their diversity, respect, trust and complement each other in order to shape the future of coating technology together.

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Associate Project Manager

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447



Thank you for your interest in Wagner. We always have our eyes open for talented people who want to learn, grow and expand their capabilities with Wagner.

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Wagner Spray Tech believes that people represent a company's most important asset. At Wagner, we strive to create an organization where everyone participates and efforts are focused toward continuous improvement. These improvements are driven by dedication, teamwork, and the innovation of the Wagner family.

Our company participates in the US government's E-Verify process. In addition, all offers of employment are contingent on a drug test and background check.



Our benefit package includes:

  • Starting at 4 weeks PTO per year
  • 401(k) and a company match
  • Profit Sharing
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life
  • Disability
  • 6 Weeks Parental Leave
  • Long term care insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement


Position Description  

The Associate NPD Project Manager II will work independent within the NPD Project Management Group/Office, supporting the Senior Project Manager in the delivery of the overall project management objectives for PS&P.  This will primarily be accomplished by successful management of assigned NPD projects, from product line improvements, extensions and SKU rationalization up through complete new product launches starting at the ideation/feasibility stage.  The position will lead project teams that are responsible for the successful delivery of product launches which are on schedule, to cost, and meet quality requirements that will support product acceptance and competitiveness.



  • Directly lead medium to large size/complexity NPD projects, making efficient use of project management tools and methodologies that mesh with Wagner’s systems within each functional support group.  Ensure members of each NPD team know and execute their particular roles.
  • Drive communication between department leaders to monitor and track the overall goal of achieving set milestones in time. Set up and maintain project schedule until start of production. Allocate required capacity of team members in project management resource tool (SAP PPM) and monitor planned hours vs. actual hours
  • Communicate project portfolio status to the NPD to Senior Project Manager of the NPD Project Management Group/Office as required to support Gate Review and strategic planning meetings.  This will involve identifying and evaluating risks including possible resource bottlenecks for existing as well as upcoming projects so adjustments to project phasing, resource planning, or other countermeasures can be proposed and acted on based on agreement by the executive team.
  • Assist in prioritizing assigned new product development projects to ensure successful completion; delivered on-time, within budget, and to quality standards required for each project.
  • Help identify existing optimization potentials to continuously improve the Product Creation Process and elevate it to the next level of excellence.


Relationship to Others

 In-depth communication with various levels of all operations functions, engineering, product management, marketing, accounting, customer service, and technical service.  Facilitate regular team meetings using best practices and support project team communication with suppliers, consultants, and technical experts as needed.  Occasional communication with customers, sales staff, and employees at other Wagner locations will be required.  Much of the relationship with other functions is either providing or seeking information, assisting with risk assessment and suggesting problem resolution, and negotiating for priority; this necessitates strong communication skills.


Dimensions of Position

  • The Associate Project Manager II will take direction from Senior Project Manager within the PS&P NPD Project Management Group/Office.
  • Owns overall development of project plans and manages project schedules to completion by directly or indirectly driving the activities of the project team members.  This will be accomplished by managing project task lists to completion through timely communication of team meeting minutes ensuring that all team members are properly informed and activities are properly coordinated across departments.  Cumulatively this could involve up to 20 or more exempt and non-exempt personnel with diverse experience and backgrounds, including highly trained and skilled professionals. 
  • Responsible for managing the overall project risk, budgets, and conflicts within the teams, keeping them on track in support of a wide cross-section of new product development efforts that will drive significant annual gross sales revenue for the company.  Upwards of 30% of annual gross sales revenue will come from products released in the previous 3-5 years.  Capital budget to support individual projects typically ranges from $25k to $250+k; overall NPD capital budget responsibility on an annual basis may exceed $1M.
  • Works with confidential information including company financials, product engineering specifications, and company strategic plans.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, marketing, engineering, operations, or related field is required.
  • Associate’s degree in business management or related field may be considered for candidates with significant on-the-job technical project management experience.
  • Working knowledge of industry best practices for new product development and applicable project management methods is necessary; this may come from past studies and/or practical work experience.
  • Formal leadership and/or management training during professional career also a strong plus.



  • Six to eight years’ experience in a product development environment.  Three to five years of product management, technical service or engineering experience within a consumer durables or related business is very desirable.
  • Four years of leading successful new product development teams using a variety of project management techniques, including phase gate processes.
  • Well-versed and extremely comfortable communicating with functional group managers regarding project plans, status, and schedules.
  • Basic understanding of finance for non-financial managers.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office tools, SAP system capabilities, engineering design processes such as DFMA & FMEA, blueprint reading, plus operations, quality, and purchasing processes.
  • Basic understanding of product regulatory agencies (UL, CSA, ETL, CE, etc.); relative costs and time requirements.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at same time in a fast pace work environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a full range of functions within the global organization, with suppliers, outside consultants/agencies, and customers. 
  • Activities and communications are often under stressful conditions with limited timeframe, requiring analytical thinking, a perspective of multiple business factors, and decisiveness.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing processes including plastics processing, metal casting, machining, finishing operations and electromechanical assemblies is strongly preferred.
  • Technical knowledge of paint application equipment is a plus.



  • Project Management – having a detail orientation in order to lead projects to completion on time and within budget.
  • Proven ability to set priorities and work with minimal supervision, leading multiple projects at same time in a fast pace work environment.
  • Judgment/Decision Making – ability to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions, then formulating opinions and recommendations to support and select the most appropriate action.
  • Speaking – talking to others to convey information effectively, thoroughly and professionally, including presenting to groups of all sizes up to C – level audience.
  • Critical Thinking — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Cultural Sensitivity – understanding how to work interdepartmentally and globally.
  • Strong initiative, energy, and positive attitude.



  • Working ability with Microsoft Office software to include basic to intermediate/advanced levels of Microsoft Outlook, MS Project, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Strong working knowledge of SAP PPM - project management software system.

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