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Product Planning Manager

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 12/03/2019
  • Duration: on-going
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Responsible for the co-ordination of Product Planning across all Product Lines within Product Management. Co-ordinating and maintaining the Client Product Cycle Plan ensuring it meets the Business targets, and providing assistance in the development of the associated product strategies.


Strategic Product Planning
a. Co-ordinate and maintain the Product Cycle plan in line with strategic business direction including communication with Client as appropriate
b. Assist in cross-functional work to develop 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 Client forums
d. Support the Business in the development of derivative strategies, model discontinuation and succession strategies

Current Product Delivery
a. Co-ordinate and assist the Product Lines in the delivery of information
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 Client

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

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

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


Proven project management skills and experience ideally within a larger OEM
Experience of strategic planning
Strong product and process knowledge
Experience of management of business processes and leading process improvements
Good German skills preferred
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


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


Degree level minimum in a relevant subject e.g. Engineering, Project Management
Chartered Engineer or similar qualification desirable

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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