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Product Planning Specialist Job, Auburn Hills, MI

Job Number: 1028168

Location: Auburn Hills, MI

Date Posted: 6-2-2017


The Product Planning Organization leads the company in the definition of product and customer requirements for our vehicles nameplates. The Product Planner is the advocate for a specific vehicle nameplate. In this role, you will lead cross functional teams comprised of Engineering, Design, Marketing and Procurement to define and develop the product and its features. It all starts with the customer: What needs motivate their purchase? What do they think of the brand and its products? What do they think of the competition?

This position is for the current and future product portfolio. In this highly strategic and visible role, the Product Planner is responsible for defining the competitive landscape, understanding specific competitor attributes and defining customer data such as vocational usage and purchase/rejection reasons. The Product Planner will translate this knowledge and the brand objectives into a cohesive long-term product lifecycle plan and develop the features / content for each product action. Establishing the nameplate's content will require a detailed understanding of market trends as well as the competitive set and showroom dynamics. The selected candidate will be responsible for ensuring vehicle definition gate metrics are appropriate, clearly identified, and reviewed at program milestones. This role will also be responsible for defining the product's content and ensuring all business objectives are met. The Product Planner will work with the Product Configuration Specialist to align components and systems into a buildable plan. In addition, reviewing product correctness for external communication, PR, Sales and training materials and supporting production launch and market launch activities will also be required.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited:

  • Market and Trend Analysis
  • Customer Data Mining and Segmentation
  • Competitive Assessment Industry / Segment Trends Forecasting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Develop portfolio strategy for cohesive Brand Equity, Full Customer Coverage, Maximum Profits and Competitiveness
  • Define overall Product Lifecycle Plan
  • Scenario Planning / Game Theory - Tactical Execution
  • Develop individual product plans for each product in the portfolio to address the overall strategy and customer needs
  • Develop full business case for products and portfolio to maximize profitability and growth
  • Manage the product plan for a Jeep nameplate

 Passionate about the following:

  • Automotive industry /Jeep and SUV segments
  • Strategic planning
  • Data analysis
  • Accomplished and passionate about data mining, analysis and the cognitive display of complex information
  • An excellent communicator and ability to develop clear, concise and cohesive executive-level presentations
  • Passionate about leading a high-achieving, cross-functional team
  • Pro-active approach and creative in developing solutions outside the "norm"
  • Project management skills to lead complex initiatives with cross-functional team

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of cross-functional experience in one or more of the following areas: Product Planning, Product Marketing, Brand Management, Product Strategy, Engineering
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (especially PowerPoint and Excel)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA
  • Detail orientated, yet able to see the big picture Self-starter with the ability to process and analyze research data
  • Provide insights and a Point of View (POV) Understands how to convert customer needs (articulated and unarticulated) into product concept Able to multi-task and prioritize work load
  • Able to lead multiple cross functional teams (who don't directly report)
  • Creatively driven style to take on tasks that produce outcomes outside the "norm" Strong communication skills and the ability to work in a complex organization
  • Able to effectively communicate a product vision verbally and visually using high level presentations
  • Able to deliver concise product proposals Is a fast learner and has a thirst for learning (especially if automotive is a new industry to this person) 

FCA US is proud to extend to its employees a compensation and benefits package that is designed to retain their talent and to motivate and reward job performance. Our present compensation program provides for competitive, market based salaries, and annual vacation and holiday time off. We make available a comprehensive health care benefits plan which, depending upon the employee’s role, includes medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage. We also offer a disability absence plan, group and optional life insurance program, savings plan, tuition assistance, and vehicle purchase and lease discounts for certain employees, and for their family and friends.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

Note: Some of the benefits listed above may not apply to summer vacation replacement and temporary employees.

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