Director, Product Development & Innovation

US-MI-NOVI
2 weeks ago
Requisition ID
2017-45679
Category
Logistics/Distribution/Transportation Management
Employment Type
Regular - Full Time (4)
Travel Requirements
40-50%
Position Code
8434

Position Description

The Director, Product Development & Innovation will be responsible for leading the effort in identifying, evaluating and progressing new products, markets and incremental capabilities that contribute to the growth and margin improvements. This individual will work directly with the customer and business owners to identify new ideas and collaborate across verticals, regions, and functional areas to create, develop and implement solutions. S/he will oversee the product development process, governance, prioritization and coordination of current and future initiatives, as well as lead the development and deployment of incremental capabilities that drive improved efficiencies and bottom line margin.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • MBA or master's degree preferred
  • Eight (8) years of equivalent experience in business planning, strategy development, competitive analysis and financial analysis; A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in logistics, operations, engineering or solution development; Demonstrated experience in new product development preferred; Familiarity with global business practices affecting the supply chain; Experience with, or ability to understand, commercial implications of solutions proposed, potential areas of risk and methods to limit liability; Experienced in financial business case analysis to help support targeted return on investment; Demonstrated success in assessing, developing and deploying new offerings or incremental enhancements
  • Ability  to analyze and help develop competitive and profitable pricing strategies; Demonstrated skills in organizational group process, problem identification and resolution at both strategic and functional levels;  Strong planning, time management, collaboration, decision making, organization and presentation skills; Proficiency in project management methodology, with a focus on managing solution driven strategy plans to achieve goals; Ability to articulate issues, present "pros and cons" and provide solutions to next supervisory level; Ability to travel to domestic and international client locations in United States, Canada, and Mexico
  • Knowledge of supply chain management and third party logistics industries 

Responsibilities

  • Support the strategic business planning process with strategy that supports vertical product development priorities
  • Manage new innovation research, idea submission, and product development process
  • Drive the "discovery" process through quick assessment of product strategies by understanding needs, satisfaction drivers, performance requirements and business case throughout the value chain/channel structure
  • Serve as primary contact for vertical product development, marketing, steering committee and executive committee
  • Act as the product expert for the identified "incremental enhancements" including ownership of definition/specifications, product positioning, features/benefitscommunication, product training, and transition to operational management
  • Monitor industry, technology, and business trends to identify opportunities/threats and benchmarks competitive products to identify sources of competitive advantage
  • Share best practices and learning across verticals

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This position will be responsible for leading the effort in identifying, evaluating and progressing new products, markets and incremental capabilities that contribute to the growth and margin improvements, and will work directly with the customer and business owner to identify new ideas and collaborate across verticals, regions, and functional areas to create, develop and implement solutions.  S/he will oversee the product development process, governance, prioritization and coordination of current and future initiatives, and will lead the development and deployment of incremental capabilities that drive improved efficiencies and bottom line margin.

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