Stephen Toward available

Stephen Toward

Program Management

Profileimage by Stephen Toward Program Management from Langenfeld
  • 40764 Langenfeld Freelancer in
  • Graduation: BSc. Eng teil MBA
  • Hourly-/Daily rates:
  • Languages: German (Full Professional) | English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Last update: 18.11.2019
PMP ‘Program Management Professional’ attendance course June-2017, Oakland University USA
Program / Project Management: full cycle
Automotive Industry, engineering and manufacturing
APQP specialist
Strategic Project Management
Situational Leadership   
Excellence in Customer Satisfaction  
Leadership and Supervisory Management
Rational Selling Skills
Advanced Sales and Marketing 
Total Quality Management
ISO / TS 16949 Registered Approved Internal Auditor
ISO 9000 Internal Auditor
Time Management
Product Liability
Development tools such as APQP, Project Tracking and Reporting, FMEA, Control Plans etc.
Ford Engineering Release System; WERS, VPP
Management Techniques
Passenger Vehicle Seat Design, Requirements and Specifications
Ford and other OEM technical training seminars
‘Zertifikat für Deutsche Fremdsprache’ & B1, plus fluent spoken and technical German.
Chassis systems
Plastic injection molding
Plastic injection mold tool dies
Plastic components Chroming
Plastic components Painting
Vehicle Autonomous Systems, After Service, Technical Support, Train the Trainer
Electrical motors application engineering
SL Corporation Korea           Mai 2014 – bis heute             Haupt     Chassis gear shift system Ford Fiesta. Global Program Manager
Galvanoplast Fischer CZ       Juni 2009 – Mai 2014             Haupt     Project Manager, plastic components and chromed
Promold Int. Ltd.                  Juni 2009 – November 2017    Teilzeit    Manager, Program Management,  Plastic mold dies large volume
Shenghuabo Group (SHB)    April 2014 – Dec 2017            Teilzeit     European Project and Application Manager, Electric seat motors
Eminox Ltd.                         Mai 2011 – Juli 2013              Teilzeit    Kundenbetreuung,  Application engineer, Exhaust After treatment systems
AGOR GmbH                      Nov 2010 – Feb 2012              Teilzeit    Consultant, Project and Quality Management
Fischer GmbH                     Dec 2008 – Dec 2009             Haupt     Project Manager, plastic components and chromed

June ’04 – Dec ‘08   Plastal Sp. z o.o.  Gliwice Poland.   Plastic Injection Moulding. Technical Business Development Manager (& Ford Programme Manager)
April’02 – May’04     Automold GmbH, Köln, Germany.    Plastic Injection Moulding, Plant Project Manager, Ford
Dec’01 – March’02   (4 month Contract Work) Intier Automotive Seating (Magna) Ringheim Technical Centre, Development Engineer       
Dec’99 – Dec’01     THK GmbH. Düsseldorf, Germany. European Headquarters, Programme Manager, Automotive Business Europe
Jan’99 - Dec’99       Johnson Controls Inc.  Burscheid, Germany.  Automotive Systems Group. Test Co-ordinator.  Responsible for Ford Business Unit, Automotive Seats Testing.
Nov.’96 - Jan’99      Internal Promotion:    FORD Power Products. (MSXi) Germany. Co-ordinator, Project and Diversified Business Development.
April ‘93 - Nov ‘96   As graduate Engineer: MSXi (Geometric Results), FORD Technical Service Hotline. KFZ -Ingenieur. (Diagnostic & Improvements Engineer).

World wide available.  Experience in Germany, UK, France, Spain, CZ, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Japan, China, Taiwan,
At the moment, I am a Global Program Manager for a large Korean Chassis component Tier1 Supplier responsible for Global Ford programs (Ford Gearshift system) with production sites in Poland, China and India. I am responsible for Regional Project Managers and engineers with Engineering through Ford Company Company, Getrag Magna in Cologne and SL Europe office and Korea HQ. I interact with my Customer Ford very frequently as I live very close to these Customer facilities. I have successfully established the Ford program to globally design and manufacture global tools and working procedures with appraisals from Ford. As a new Supplier to Ford, and Getrag Magna, we have successfully established and won new programs for the gear shifter with a high market share. My role also authorizes me as the main Ford European hub contact, even though I am responsible for the B segment cars in India and China. I am responsible for management reporting to SL board and to the Customer, Ford of Europe and Ford Brazil FSA. We have also won may B car projects for gear shifter and V series (Transit van) due to our excellent performance, achieving Q1 in near record time.
Due to this program in completion stage with global production, I am looking for a new challenge.   
Vast Program and Project management experience within the automotive OEMs and Tier1, 2 global market and knowledge of the demands and deliverables expected. Experience in writing and managing/controlling all deliverables within the Product Development Programs.
I have successfully managed full projects and programs from start of enquiry to full production. Successfully attended the PMP (Project Management Professional) and Strategic Project Management courses and worked accordingly for the past 20 years with success and profited by best performance to my employee.
I have established program Timelines and ensured the Projects run accordingly through a dedicated and stringent project management system that looks at all Risk Management functions (DFMEA and PFMEA etc.) and have coached and trained staff to understand and meet the Customer Requirements through quality and engineering specific standards and requirements. Risk Management is effectively Defect Management and the containment of such defects through analysing potential issues before they begin and using mitigation and contingency planning. In addition, I perform Corrective Action Reports from the whole cross functional team to identify, assess and correct all issues through a technical, commercial and political stance. Problem Solving works together with risk management to try and get the issues and problems out at the beginning to save time and delays and any other corresponding problems so I hold frequent meetings and demand reports and in-depth thinking analysis on potential issues.
I have managed plant EMS as I was a coordinator for the ISO 14001 with successful implementation certification. I am also an internal auditor for ISO 9000 and TS16949. Part of my role as Project Manager is to enforce Quality Management into the company as a whole and into the product. Project Management utilizes and ensures an advanced Quality Plan which I use through the strict automotive APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning).
I am a great believer in good and efficient communication to establish, execute and control all project assignments and deliverables on time according to budget. Thus, performance and status reporting is important to visualize the project as a whole and to see where trends are appearing for further project analysis and directing.
In summary, I can safely and honestly say that I more than fulfil the necessary skills and competencies as listed.
I have had leadership training to know how to get the best out of my staff and employees making them proud to be part of the team, knowing that they have brought something good to the product and company. From my extended automotive industrial experience, I know that I can bring a positive business reflection to the company and product and can react to any issues that come up.