Manager, Process & Projects

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton, MI, USA  



What we are looking for:


Yazaki is looking for a Manager, Process & Projects to join our Legal & Compliance team in Canton, MI.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative and action-driven environment making lasting impacts on the organization. 


The Manager of Processes and Projects within CGLA oversees the evaluation and assessment of all Kian submissions including subsequent approvals, coordination of ICC requirements for YNCA and the facilitation and management of YNCA’s Management Systems Documentation site. They will be the process owner of all Kians which may include managing multiple Kians simultaneously.  This role will take inventory of the phases each Kian is in, and what needs to be completed in order to achieve approval. They will partner with each function within YNCA to facilitate the proper process. They will maintain the documentation of core business systems and processes and keep them updated when changes and innovation occur. Their job is to understand and describe in writing the best way to accomplish Kian requests. The Manager, Process and Projects  will have strong financial and business acumen, project management, and process improvement skills.



What you will be doing:


  • Manages the full project life-cycle of the Kian process
  • Collaborates with direct report, leaders and cross-functional teams to ensure all components of each Kian are precise and complete
  • Provides project status updates, feedback, and appropriate reporting on key responsibilities and objectives for each Kian
  • Analyzes current practices and develops business process improvements within the department
  • Investigates shortfalls, issues, and complaints in current business processes
  • Implements changes in workflows, structures, and teams to ensure continuous company performance
  • Oversees MSD SharePoint site and owns implementation and updates of necessary documentation
  • Understands the latest management methodologies and embodies top leadership principles and styles
  • Actively leads projects as a manager and provides individual contributions after key projects have been identified
  • Demonstrates thought leadership through participation or leadership of stakeholder/advisory groups and presentations
  • Manages, trains, mentors, and guides team members in current and new processes
  • Translates strategies into program/project plans including scope management, stakeholder engagement, and deliverables
  • Displays a sharp eye for identifying weak points in processes and organizational structures
  • Proficient in negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking, and organizational skills
  • Uses a variety of skills, including project design, leadership, and management to ensure performance and process development
  • Has strong understanding of Japanese working culture
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Expertise in communication, leadership, and teamwork



What you will bring to the table:


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Business, Finance or related field
  • PMP certification preferred
  • 5-7+ years related experience, including managing a team
  • Preferred: Bilingual in Spanish or Japanese
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, SAP
  • Process oriented, ability to meet deadlines, excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, strong organizational skills, ability to think critically


What we can provide you:

  • A collaborative learning environment that will help you reach your maximum potential
  • A diverse team of experts
  • Supportive leadership and team members to help you do your best work
  • Opportunities to build your professional network
  • An engaging and supportive work culture
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package including incentive compensation, 401K match, tuition assistance and a generous holiday schedule





Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.