Job description / Role
The Product Planning Manager is responsible for a portfolio of Cadillac vehicles throughout all phases of the Global Vehicle Development Process until Market Validation Review (Start Of Regular Production – 1 year). They will be responsible for all aspects of the product planning process by specifying and changing content; recommending market-based pricing strategies based on analysis and facts; and providing insightful competitive segment analysis in-line with market dynamics.
- Manage future programs through the various phases of the Global Vehicle Development Process until Market Validation Review (MVR) (SORP – 1 year)
- Define trim level strategies and mix
- Specify powertrain, content and options
- Manage complexity (build combinations)
- Raise Change Requests (CRs) to make changes to packaging
- Establish program lifecycle volumes
- Support Strategic Planning & Product Manager with annual BP activities (volume and powertrain forecasts)
- Identify market requirements
- Define product fit relative to competitors
- Define product fit relative to Cadillac’s existing portfolio entries
- Use strong understanding of competitors’ future plans
- Conduct comparative studies (content/dimensions/pricing) against regional and global competition
- Develop Pre-MVR market based, strategic pricing and positioning, while using the appropriate global templates.
- Ensuring products are kept fresh throughout their life with additions/removal of relevant equipment
- Become MEO’s Voice of the Customer with all program teams within the specified portfolio.
- Write and submit Approval For Study, Note of Decisions.
- Maintain regular communication with Global Cadillac/GMI on requests for information, forecasting deadlines etc.
Other tasks as deemed appropriate to accomplish the job requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, or Engineering.
- Preferably post-graduate degree in Business Management or related discipline.
- 5 years automotive experience with good product & market knowledge
- Excellent computer skills (PowerPoint and Excel),
- Good presentation skills,
- Demonstrated leadership capabilities,
- Good project management skills
- Strategic Agility
- Business Acumen
- Action Oriented
- Managerial Courage
- Functional/Technical Skills
About the Company
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the worlds largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GMs largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Russia. GMs OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.
With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM is headquartered in four major locations: GM Europe; North America (GMNA); South America; and GM International Operations (GMIO) is located in Shanghai, China. GMIO covers Asia Pacific and Middle East.
GM Middle East started in 1920s and the brands that are sold in the region are Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC supported by a unique set of customer-focused services. GM parts and accessories are sold under the GM Parts and ACDelco brands. The regional office in Dubai covers the companys operations in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen in 20 dealerships.
GM has 2 facilities here in Middle East one is in Dubai World Trade Centre and the other, Middle East Distribution Corporation, which is located in Jebel Ali.