Executive Director Product Management

Date: Jul 6, 2024

Location: Southfield, MI, US Skokie, IL, US

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

Tenneco/DRiV is looking for an experienced, innovative, and creative Executive Director, Product Management to execute on DRiV’s Commercial Truck & Off Highway product strategy, product vision, and roadmap for North America.  Are you passionate about the Automotive Aftermarket? Come join our fast-paced culture, work fast and smart, while adapting and iterating quickly.

This role is inherently cross-functional — you will work closely with Business Development, Engineering, Operations, Legal, Public Policy, Finance, Training and Tech Teams, Network Planning, and Executive Leadership to bring DRiV’s Commercial Truck & Off Highway Products in North America to market. This job will require exceptional communication skills and having the ability to work independently in a high-pressure environment with all levels of leadership, and exercise sound judgment where clear guidelines may not exist.

The ideal candidate must have a high degree of autonomy with the ability to navigate ambiguous problems, develop solutions with minimal guidance. This individual must be able to think strategically and will be proficient at influencing cross-functionally and deliver strong results. This individual must have the ability to dive deep in understanding the product and the competitive landscape and build best-in-class scalable products.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Southfield, MI | Skokie, IL

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, present and manage the product roadmap and market strategy, that includes P&Ls and managing profitability, margin improvement projects, planning and presenting product line reviews with minimal oversight.
  • Identify, scope, launch and manage lifecycle of adjacent and/or new product offerings to meet market needs.
  • Create and communicate a vision, strategy and product requirements utilizing available studies (market research, internal) and competitive analysis to identify customer needs.
  • Understand and manage product/services life cycles, profitability, demand planning, new product/services development ideation and process management, competitive offerings.
  • Lead and influence cross-functional teams to execute on product development, integration, and commercialization plans to deliver on business case.
  • Demonstrate expertise at the product level, build partnerships with relevant stakeholder teams, and make trade-off decisions.
  • Provide direction to cross-functional teams, including engineering teams and business functions, communicating the product roadmap and keeping everyone informed of updates and changes.

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • 12+ years of team management experience.
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in marketing, product management, project management, engineering. Preferably in aftermarket automotive.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and overall communication skills.
  • Experience owning/driving roadmap strategy and definition.
  • Strong collaboration ability with engineering, sales, marketing and operations.
  • Experience with stage gate product management.
  • Ability to understand P&L, cost structures and margin drivers.
  • Ability to establish strong relationships with customers and partners in commercializing new products.
  • Proficiency with a CRM system and SAP.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent follow-up, critical thinking, project management and time management skills.
  • Experience communicating with C-suite level decision makers.
  • Develop product strategy aligning with roadmap including defining market opportunity, competitive landscape, and product KPI’s.
  • Travel domestic and international up to 30%.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree or equivalent.
  • 5+ years’ experience developing commercial truck and/or off highway strategies.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to influence and drive alignment across executives.
  • Comfortable being out-front within the organization and interacting at all levels with multinational teams.
  • Passion for building products at scale with a focus on customer experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with proven ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional partners and deliver strong results.
  • Demonstrated ability in benchmarking and assessing competitive landscape.
  • Ability to work in ambiguous environments and overcome challenges with a high degree of flexibility and professionalism.

Tenneco/DRiV is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Tenneco/DRiV is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.

We are committed to the safety and health of our employees. We adhere to social distancing recommendations and other protocols, ensuring a safe work environment for all.