At Polaris our DNA started with co-founders Edgar Hetteen, his younger brother Allan and his close friend David Johnson who had somewhere to be and no way to get there. 65 years later, you still see that drive, ingenuity, and pioneering spirit in everything we do.

Program Manager, Motorcycles

Location: Wyoming, Minnesota US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 5308

Requisition Number: R6137

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


Program Managers are responsible for the cross function management of product development programs from concept to production. This role will be responsible to manage & lead a cross functional team to plan and execute vehicle programs with a strong focus on total program investment, timing & conformance to vehicle KPC's along with adherence to technical specifications using the Polaris Development Process. Monitor & drive vehicle design and development from concept to production to achieve program objectives within a specified time schedule and budget.


  • Manages multiple small and large-scale programs and initiatives or technology projects that are 1-3 years in length, with significant overall financial investments
  • Manages & drives cross-functional program teams to meet project schedule, cost, quality, durability, performance and reliability requirements; responsible for the overall success of the programs and support once in production
  • Manages multiple programs simultaneously using the Polaris Development Process (PDP), ensuring that all requirements are clearly defined, documented, and achieved; manages programs through a gated process; must be considered a subject matter expert in the gated process
  • Responsible for the key decisions & milestones that drive the program objectives and metrics
  • Manages the assigned team to develop new product features, innovative approaches, breakthrough technologies, and improved processes; collaborates with suppliers and external technology partners to use their design expertise where appropriate
  • Ensures that Manufacturing, Quality, and Purchasing resources are coordinated to provide issue resolution between all team members; supports accessory and service part planning and execution; drives necessary trade-offs to ensure program success
  • Drives the DVP&R activity as required through technical leads; recommends solutions and leads issue resolution as needed
  • Manages resources and task assignments within the team; coordinates issue resolution with functional Managers or Directors
  • Tracks and monitors warranty trends; leads teams to drive resolution for issues as needed
  • Motivates the entire team and others affecting the program's success
  • Assists functional Managers & Directors to plan budgets and forecasts for manpower and expenses
  • Provides technical support for promotional materials, events, sales & marketing information, and service publications; acts as Engineering advocate
  • Coaches, develops, and supervises Project Leaders, Engineers and/or EDP's along with Interns as necessary
  • Participates actively in long-range product planning process and budgeting activity
  • Other duties as assigned

  • BS Engineering Degree required, advanced degree in Engineering or Business (MBA) preferred
  • 8+ years of program leadership or engineering project leadership experience, in similar industry; strong technical background
  • Excellent project planning, organization and administrative skills; subject matter expert in the application of project management tools and methodologies
  • Ability to understand how program objectives, tools, and resources relate cross-functionally
  • Excellent ability to manage by influence with strong leadership skills; able to inspire and guide team members
  • Exhibits outstanding interpersonal communication skills (both oral and written communication)
  • Understands and actively pursues the voice of the customer to exceed customer expectations
  • Ability to directly supervise, lead and mentor others
  • Demonstrated ability to form business inter-relationships with supporting managers, leaders, and staff
  • Decisive and prone to action; must be quality-oriented, customer-focused and driven to succeed
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive attitude

  • Dynamic and fast-paced office environment
  • Up to 25% travel throughout the year, both domestic and internationally

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2020 sales of $7.0 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Wyoming

State: Minnesota

Community / Marketing Title: Program Manager, Motorcycles

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