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Product Planning Manager

Company: Volvo Group
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Position Description

Are you an experienced engineer with a strong business acumen? Do you enjoy utilizing your deep product knowledge combined with business skills to develop strategic product plans for current and future products? Do you thrive in roles where you can work cross functionally within a global organization?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join the Volvo Group as a Product Planning Manager in Greensboro, NC.

Read on for more details!

Who We Are
Our team, Project & Product Strategy Office (PPSO), is a valuable part of Volvo Group Trucks North America.

The function is responsible for:

  • Technology strategies
  • Strategic product planning
  • Key Account role for GTT towards Renault Trucks, Volvo Trucks, and Mack Trucks.
  • Project management of Intro Blocks
  • Maximizing technology and product synergies across the Volvo Group
  • Capturing opportunities to apply public and private partnerships to accelerate innovation
    Within the PPSO team, you will have the opportunity to work in projects developing the future vehicles and services in the Conventional Range.

    What You Will be Doing
    As a Product Planning Manager your mission will be developing strategic directions for select projects in the portfolio. You will contribute to the creation of the product plans by championing a business mindset in the product projects and acting as an expert in your product and customers.

    You will build a successful product segment portfolio that:
    • Drives profitable growth in responsible truck markets and segments
    • Leads the prerequisite development thru deep understanding of the transport needs, trends, and improved competitiveness
    • Captures global platform advantages
    • Meets market needs through multibrand offerings
    • Supports the business strategy and ambitions
      Additional Responsibilities:
      • Product plan and budget work
        • Propose product plans and associated budget in cooperation with stakeholders
        • Initiate product changes of the Portfolio to secure that a complete and competitive offer aligned with the strategic direction is available
        • Project work
          • Conduct product planning investigations
          • Lead creation of project prerequisites
          • Prepare and present project decision material for area of responsibility.
          • Clearly identify customer needs and facilitate fact-based trade-offs during design discussions in order to optimize the product offerings.
          • Preparation of the future
            • Create and maintain specific vehicle, component, vehicle related soft products area roadmaps for all areas included in the product portfolio.
            • Analyze drivers of change from a Society, Technology, Competitor, and Customer perspective and identify product priorities
            • Establish relationships and spend time with customers to understand business through both formal and informal activities.
            • Continuously build expert customer and industry knowledge through various events and activities.
              Who You Are
              You are an engineering professional with an excitement for utilizing your product knowledge alongside with your excellent business skills to build out product plans for the Volvo & Mack products. Fulfilling our customers' needs is what drives you and your ability to remove obstacles and influence a positive outcome has made you successful in your career. You understand the importance of communication and have an ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders. Your drive to deliver results and ability to do so in a clear, structured fashion are valuable traits in this role.

              • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field; Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) preferred
              • 5-10+ years of trucking industry-related experience
              • 1-2+ years of product planning/market research analysis experience
              • Knowledge of competitors and customer business in the heavy-duty truck market
              • Experience in sales/marketing of heavy-duty trucks preferred
              • International business or Aftermarket experience is a plus.
              • Ability to travelCompensation & Benefits
                • Competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance
                • Generous paid time off including paid caregiver, and parental leave policies
                • Competitive matching retirement savings plans
                • Working environment where your safety, health, and wellbeing come first
                • Focus on professional and personal development through Volvo Group University
                • Programs that make today's challenging reality of combining work and personal life easier
                • Want to learn more about these programs? Continue your exploratory journey with us here

                  Are you ready to join our team and shape the future of the transportation industry together with us?

                  About us

                  The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers' uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group's leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success.

                  Volvo Group Trucks Technology provides Volvo Group Trucks and Business Area's with state-of-the-art research, cutting-edge engineering, product planning and purchasing services, as well as aftermarket product support. With Volvo Group Trucks Technology you will be part of a global and diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust each other and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

Keywords: Volvo Group, Greensboro , Product Planning Manager, Executive , Greensboro, North Carolina

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