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Product Manager, Automotive Product Planning & Strategy

Mazda North American Operations Irvine, CA
  • Posted: May 30, 2019
  • Full-Time

 

Position Summary

 

The Vehicle Line Planning team is responsible for delivering product value enhancement through development of product and business strategies for each carline. The Project Manager, Vehicle Line Planning, will work closely with MC Product Teams, MNAO and MC R&D, and key MNAO business groups, to optimize product competitiveness and alignment with Mazda core brand values over a specific vehicle’s entire lifecycle, from initial development planning stages through eventual end of production.


Lead Delivery of Enhanced Product Value

  • Develops strategy and aligns vehicle Product Assumptions with Mazda brand and target customer core values
  • Coordinates with operations teams to develop nameplate business strategy including alignment of vehicle content hierarchy, pricing structure, volume/mix targets, and revenue planning to deliver corporate business and brand objectives
  • Establishes key competitive surrogates and ensures Mazda-unique competitiveness
  • Coordinates closely with MC teams to ensure program development alignment with market positioning targets

Lead Milestone Approvals

  • Leads preparation of product development milestone approval documents that are presented at monthly executive management approval meetings

Manage Product Information Requirements

  • Ensures sales operations and marketing team receive timely and accurate product information including vehicle order guides, pricing documents, product specifications

Other Responsibilities

  • Utilizes and leverages multiple data and information sources, both internal and external for analytical support including market data, competitor data, and customer data

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree, MBA a plus

Experience

  • 5+ years of operational automotive industry experience or related role is required
  • Experience in automotive or consumer products product planning or related role is highly desired
  • Experience leading mid/long-term planning projects is highly desired
  • Experience in effective strategic planning/implementation and excellent analytical and decision-making skills

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Self-starter, flexible thinker and outstanding communicator, as well as comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and influencing different personalities and perspectives
  • Ability to work both autonomously to derive insights and analytics from multiple data sources and work collaboratively to support team in forming solutions to problems
  • Innate intellectual curiosity
  • Strong analytical, statistical, and data-driven mind-set; detail oriented work style
  • Proven ability to lead cross-functional teams and provide project management support
  • Problem structuring and strategic problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work cross-functionally
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Ability to motive & lead peers, staff and executives
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks while coordinating with multiple departments, often with competing goals
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Must be proficient in all Microsoft applications with a high skill level with Excel and PowerPoint with an emphasis on executive level reporting 

Mazda North American Operations

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