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Technical Program Manager/Project Engineer



IT, Operations
Garden Grove, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

About Harbinger

Harbinger Motors Inc. is a Southern California-based electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to transform the automotive and transportation industries, bringing to market EVs developed from the ground up to address the needs of the Medium Duty vehicle industry. This broad, and to date poorly addressed, market segment includes class 4 to 7 commercial delivery vehicles, RVs and utility vehicles, among others. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies, Harbinger's first-of-its-kind EV platform will bring enhancements in vehicle performance, durability and operator comfort. And importantly, Harbinger's vehicles will be priced for zero acquisition premium relative to traditional gas- and diesel-based competitors, removing one of the most tenacious barriers to EV adoption.

Harbinger's team, with operations in Southern California and Michigan, includes industry veterans with expertise in powertrain, battery, chassis and software development, along with leaders in advanced manufacturing, corporate development, operations and finance. Our team members come from leading innovators, both in and out of the automotive industry, including Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, Ford, Anduril, and SpaceX.

Founded in 2021, Harbinger is a venture-backed startup on a rapid growth trajectory, looking for candidates that thrive on tackling complex challenges and who share in our passion to bring clean transportation alternatives to a segment of the market starving for innovation.


Harbinger is looking for a Technical Program Manager / Project Engineer within Harbinger’s Program Management Office (PMO), to join our highly innovative team. We are building brand new, technically superior, electric stripped chassis for the Medium Duty truck market. We are seeking a high performing, experienced, and energetic TPM/Project Eng to lead the coordination, engineering, management, and status communication of Upfit-related projects. The TPM/Project Eng will also assist the Program Management Team to support other engineering program efforts. The position will report to the Director of Engineering Program Management.

Harbinger’s electric chassis are the foundation for a variety of medium-duty vehicles. We work with several Upfitters, who build vehicle bodies to customer specs and partner with us to deliver the finished vehicles. The TPM / Project Engineer will be a key interface with partner upfitters, and lead our efforts to develop integrated finished vehicles that will revolutionize the medium-duty market.


  • The TPM / Project Engineer (TPM) will plan and execute development efforts involving external Upfit partners. This will include coordinating, reviewing and assisting the internal and external teams designing elements of the chassis and body that interface with each other.
  • Cross functionally work with Engineering and Supply Chain teams to ensure parts are released, ordered and arrive on time. Wherever possible, the TPM should identify impending risks, to avoid a possible part shortage. If a component becomes likely to arrive late, the TPM should work with the team to develop and implement a contingency plan.
  • The TPM / Project Engineer follows robust engineering processes and works closely with the Engineers to ensure robust engineering processes are implemented. This includes tracking tasks such as Design Reviews, DFMEA, CAE, Fastener Calculations, and DVPRs.
  • TPM works closely with internal and external stakeholders/suppliers, attending weekly Product Development Team (PDT) meetings to keep apprised of possible issues or timing risks.
  • When concerns arise, the TPM should ensure a Jira ticket is generated and should follow through to ensure a proper Root Cause Analysis process is conducted. TPMs should be knowledgeable and proactive in implementing a short term and permanent corrective action.
  • When changes occur, the TPM should ensure they and/or the DRE works efficiently and thoroughly through the change control process. TPM should work with materials planning and manufacturing to manage effectivity of new revisions.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in an engineering discipline.
  • Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in Program Management or leading Engineering projects in a technical sector (automotive is a plus). Startup experience is also a plus.
  • Skillset - Software Tools: Proficient in Google Suite/Workspace: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides.
  • Experience working in SmartSheets (or MS Project).
  • Experience working in Atlassian Jira is a plus.
  • Experience in 3D CAD and interpreting 2D drawings (Catia is a plus).
  • Flexibility: Ability to contribute to other activities outside of primary job responsibilities.
  • Execution: Ability to manage and complete projects from ideation to completion.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, concise manner.
  • Independence: Ability to work independently and manage ambiguity. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.

Rev up your career with our electrifying compensation and benefits package! At Harbinger Motors, we understand that your skills, experience, and expertise are as unique as our cutting-edge electric vehicles. That's why we tailor our offers to suit your individual profile, considering your years of experience, specialized knowledge, and market demands.

In addition to a competitive base salary, our perks charge ahead of the competition:

  • 100% Comprehensive Health Coverage: You and your loved ones are covered with top-tier medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Accelerate Your Wealth: As one of our first 100 employees, you'll have the opportunity to rev up your financial future with early-stage stock options.
  • Unleash Your Time: Take control of your work-life balance. Salaried teammates receive flexible PTO and the freedom to celebrate holidays and wellness days as you see fit.
  • Cruise into Vacations: Enjoy an exciting annual vacation stipend to help you recharge your batteries.
  • Fuel Your Day: Forget brown bag lunches; we've got you covered with paid lunches and dinners to keep you energized.

These are just a few of our benefits and perks, as we're constantly adjusting and adding more benefits to best serve our teammates. At Harbinger Motors, we don't just offer jobs; we provide the fuel for your career journey. Join us in shaping the future of sustainable transportation, where your hard work and dedication are always rewarded.

Get ready to drive your career forward with us!

California Pay Range
$100,000$160,000 USD
Equal Opportunity
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