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Program Lead

Posted on jun 6, 2024 Full time R23246
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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.


Polaris, a global powersports leader, is looking for a program leader to build high quality products. Polaris is seeking a Program Leader for Global Electrical, Embedded, and Connected Systems. This position will lead, direct, and monitor design and development programs from concept to production to achieve product objectives on a specified schedule.  This position will focus on program management of RIDE COMMAND, Connected, Electrical Systems and related electrical technologies utilized across the company.


  • Lead cross-functional, multi-site, program teams to meet project schedule, cost, quality, durability, performance and reliability requirements.

  • Responsible for the overall success of assigned programs.

  • Plan project schedule, resources, and budget.

  • Direct programs using the Polaris Development Process (PDP), ensuring that all requirements are clearly defined, documented, and achieved.  Hold PDP Milestone Reviews, as appropriate.

  • Report out on status to product teams and management via Project Status and PDP Reviews.

  • Will typically lead multiple programs, concurrently throughout the calendar year, in support of model year introductions.

  • Collaborate with suppliers to use their design expertise where appropriate.

  • Monitor and manage the manufacturing, quality, and purchasing resources and activities on the team, to provide seamless coordination and issue resolution between all team members. Support accessory and service part planning and execution, as appropriate.

  • Allocate and monitor resources and task assignments within the teams. Coordinate issue resolution with functional managers.

  • Motivate the entire team ensuring cross-functional program success.

  • Assist functional managers to plan budgets and manpower forecasts.

  • Provide technical support for promotional materials, sales and marketing information, and service publications.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS Engineering Degree required, or equivalent experience.  MBA a plus.

  • 3+ years of program leadership or engineering project leadership experience, in a similar industry.  5 or more years preferred.

  • Strong technical background.

  • Strong leadership skills and ability.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence others. Demonstrated ability to form business inter-relationships with supporting managers, leaders, and staff.

  • Decisive and prone to action. Must be quality-oriented and customer focused.

  • Excellent project planning, organizing, and administrative skills.

  • Budget management experience

  • Understands how program objectives, tools, and resources relate cross-functionally.


  • Fast paced office environment with regular multi-site interactions.  

  • Ability and interest to work in a development shop/lab environment as needed. 

  • Occasional on-vehicle testing and validation.

  • Some travel required, typically <20%

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. 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; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. 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.