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Product Planning Manager

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 27/12/2017
  • Duration: on-going
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The Role:

Responsible for the co-ordination of Product Planning across all Product Lines within Product Management. Co-ordinating and maintaining the Product Cycle Plan ensuring it meets the Business targets, and providing assistance in the development of the associated product strategies.


1. Strategic Product Planning
a. Co-ordinate and maintain the Cycle plan in line with strategic business direction including communication with VW Group as appropriate
b. Assist in cross-functional work to develop Bentley Product Strategy and ensure information to allow robust Board decision making
c. Support, present and lead cross-platform topics (e.g. legal compliance, CO2, Powertrain, Technology roadmap, MBK, platforms) ensuring cross-product line synergy and manage interaction with Group forums
d. Support the Business in the development of derivative strategies, model discontinuation and succession strategies

2. Current Product Delivery
a Co-ordinate and assist the Product Lines in the delivery of information into the BPSK (new product, product actions, facelift and model years)
b. Maintain consistency across the Product Lines and provide guidance in association with Product Emergence Process (PEP)
c. Support projects in the preparation of papers and communication of information to Group (KPSK)

3 New Product Delivery
a. Manage evaluation of new programme proposals, including the development and maintenance of the Project Specification (TPB)
b. Support cross-functional pre-PEP activities to define timing, budget, benchmarking, product definition and business cases for new projects
c. Lead cross-functional teams to define each product lifecycle
d. Prepare Board meeting and K-VAP papers to support new programme approval in the concept definition phase

4. Decision Forums
a. Co-ordinate and administer the Brand-PSK and Brand-VAP pre meetings (Pre Product Day)
b Co-ordinate and administer the Brand-PSK and Brand-VAP meetings
c. Maintain records of decisions

5. Process Improvement
a. Operate the Product Planning Process
b. Ensure compliance to Product Planning Processes
c. Define and lead continuous improvement activities for Product Planning and Product Strategy Processes

- Direct Influence on Pre-PEP Programme activities and expenditure (up to to 20m)

- Strategic planning and maintenance of the cycle plan (15,000 cars)
- Next generation product planning and business case optimisation (10,000 cars)


- Proven project management skills and experience ideally within Bentley or another larger OEM
- Experience of strategic planning
- Strong product and process knowledge
- Experience of management of business processes and leading process improvements
- Strong strategic planning skills
- Demonstrable communication skills with the ability to influence at all levels
- Proven problem solving and decision making skills
- Facilitation skills with the ability to lead cross-business management teams
- Customer orientation with the ability to build effective cross functional working relationships
- Proven experience of delivering and preparing presentations at all levels in a variety of business forums


- Strong industry knowledge and competitor understanding
- Strong knowledge of Group Planning Round process
- Knowledge of strategic planning processes for new product delivery
- Knowledge and understanding of the Group MBK processes
- Experience of process improvement tools and techniques
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

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