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At Gentherm, we say, “It’s about the person.” We’re with you on a cold winter day when you turn on your heated seat and steering wheel or helping manage patient body temperature in the operating room, recovering room or intensive care units. We take a human approach with everything we do.

 

As the global leader in thermal management technologies we embrace the opportunity to create and deliver extraordinary thermal solutions that make meaningful differences in everyday life. We do this by improving health, wellness, comfort and energy efficiency.

 

We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and combine that with our global leadership to deliver results. Working at Gentherm provides you the opportunity to not only shape the future of the automotive and medical industries, but also influence your career throughout the company. You will be engaged, challenged and inspired by our team to deliver leading thermal technologies that positively impact lives around the world.

Product Line Director - Battery Thermal Management

 

IMPACT and OPPORTUNITY

Responsible for guiding the success of the BTM (Battery Thermal Management) product line and leads the cross-functional team that is responsible for improving it. This role sets the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for the product or product line. Provides the deep product expertise needed to lead the organization and make strategic product decisions. Act as the primary axis of decision making for the company on matters relating to the product line. Manage the BTM product line over its whole lifecycle, in order to drive profitable growth and be best positioned in the market for long-term success.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Product Strategy:

  • Leads the process to formulate, document and communicate the product strategy for BTM
  • Works with BU Management, Strategy & Sales to translate the product strategy into a business plan
  • Conducts strategic reviews to monitor and ensure execution of the strategy
  • Defines milestones and metrics to measure the effectiveness of strategic initiatives
  • Reports on strategy implementation to management

 

Business Analysis & Financial Performance:

  • Monitors business environment in order to identify market and product trends and translates those into opportunities addressable for the organization
  • Prioritizes opportunities and establishes and leads cross-functional teams in addressing the selected opportunities
  • Analyses and monitors financial & commercial performance with the help of Controlling and Sales team (Revenue & Gross Margin) and uses relevant information to prepare strategic decisions
  • Drives VA/VE activity to achieve targeted gross margin levels of the product portfolio.
  • Defines market pricing & helps to define cost and selling price targets; defines and drives initiatives to reach targets
  • Identifies and addresses hurdles and barriers to achieving the business plan
OTHER CORE FUNCTIONS

 

Market & Competition Analysis:

  • Engages with the customer to deeply understand the value proposition validity and to drive the business development in the market.
  • Helps to collect and communicate market and competitor information as a basis for strategic decision making; triggers and supports necessary Market Research
  • Triggers relevant product benchmarking and consolidates and communicates respective results
  • Together with Sales helps to collect, consolidate, and communicate critical customer information
  • Monitors IP situation with the support of the Intellectual Property team

 

Product & Process Innovation:

  • Translates customer needs, mega trends & enabling technologies into product performance objectives and respective directions for the innovation process
  • Defines, documents and manages product portfolio roadmap
  • Defines and presents value proposition for innovation projects
  • Defines technical and commercial product targets related to innovation projects
  • Closely collaborates with Advanced Engineering during innovations projects

 

Other:

  • Formulates and presents business cases for investments in R&D, Manufacturing, M&A, etc. Provides internal product related training; upon request provides support in interaction with customer; additional assignments based on mutual agreement with Manager

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related area of study
  • 5+years of experience in technical and commercial product related context of battery technologies 
  • Strong capability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams
  • Inspirational visionary, that possesses high-energy and is driven by a bias for action
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Product Management Training
  • VA/VE
  • Lean 
NICE TO KNOW

 

TRAVEL: Up to 25%, Global

 

 

COMPETENCIES

 

  • Deliver Results
    • Understand the mission and output of your team; set SMART objectives and deliver
  • Drive Change
    • Focus on agility and commitment to continuous improvement; Understand and act on internal and external drivers of change
  • Build Capability
    • Foster a culture of learning and development; Support individual growth through continuous feedback to achieve personal and professional goals
  • Cultivate Innovation
    • Openly embrace, create, implement and support new and innovative ideas, processes and technology that deliver business results

 

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PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. Gentherm is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Gentherm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Custom Field 1:  7388
Location: 

Northville, MI, US, 48167

Country/Region:  US
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Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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