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Product Director

Cox Automotive, Atlanta, GA 30319

Work at Cox Automotive

Duration: Full-Time


Primary Location: 3003 Summit Blvd, Atlanta, GA, USA

Division: Cox Automotive

Job Level: Director/Senior Director

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Requisition Number: 226060

At Cox, we’re forward-thinking innovators who put people first. Our award-winning workplace culture is centered on inclusion and kindness, and we’re looking for people to join our mission to be a force for good in the world. Come build a better future with us across automotive, communications, the environment and more.

We want to do everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. Therefore, where permitted by applicable law, you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S.-based job. Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will of course be considered.

Keep reading to learn more about this opportunity to join the Cox family of businesses.

Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is seeking Product Director to join our team!

Cox Enterprises is a family-run operation that began nearly 120 years ago. As part of this great family business, we treat our team members and clients like theyre just that — family. This atmosphere has been instrumental to our success and has shaped our willingness to fuel epic innovation, drive unprecedented growth and deliver the mind-blowing, needle-moving, connected experience we promise.

About the Position

The Product Director role will be responsible for developing, managing and optimizing one or more large and/or complex Product lines. Proactively identifies and solves problems that impact the management and direction of the business. The role includes but is not limited to contributing to and managing the product roadmap, overseeing the implementation and working in an agile environment with a cross-functional team to develop products that meet the needs of our consumers and clients. Company-wide recognized as a thought leader within Product and requires broad and comprehensive expertise in leading-edge theories, techniques and/or technologies. Integral member of the of the team that contributes in the development of the product and/or overall business strategy. Directs major Product lines with significant business impact within department or area and/or beyond. Provides measurable impact into new products, processes, standards and /or operational plans

Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars. Come join the transformation!

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

Strategy/Discovery:

  • Formulate an in-depth understanding of problems by customer segment and personas and competitive landscape.
  • Partner with UX research, marketing research, client solutions, and business stokeholds to observe and solicit feedback from consumers and clients.

Planning:

Create and maintain product vision and roadmap; create business plans to secure funding; develop go-to-market strategy and value proposition. Illustrate market problems in a way that puts the problem in context Provide relevant, timely and easily consumable updates to all internal and external audiences.

Development:

  • Build an effective relationship and team between Product & Development; Collaborate with Product Delivery Managers, UX architecture and others to execute work including prototyping and testing to validate solutions; make buy/build/partner recommendations to Agile Release Train; collaborate with Architecture, Technology, etc. to develop recommendations, support testing, partner with revenue and business stakeholders to develop pricing strategies and assess ROI.
  • Sales & Client Engagement:
  • Partner with client solutions, product readiness and marketing teams to articulate the strategies and programs that will generate awareness and leads for the upcoming fiscal period - including measurements and goals. Collaborates with the business on P&L management.

Evaluation:

  • Assess product performance against KPIs and makes corrections to improve performance; create and deliver thoughtful information to influence key market constituents; make end-of-life recommendations for non-performant products.

TECHNICAL/FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

Product Management

  • Manages the full product life cycle to ensure that, over time, the needs of consumers/users continue to be met and that financial and other benefits are achieved.
  • Acts as owner/champion for one or more products of services.
  • Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate product development methods, tools, and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches.
  • Analyzes market and/or user research, feedback, expert opinion and usage data to understand needs and opportunities.
  • Develops product propositions and determines product positioning and variants for different customer and user segments.
  • Prioritizes product requirements and owns the product backlog.
  • Coordinates trials and product launches and supports communications and training.
  • Anticipates changes in customer/user needs; adapts products, and creates product retirement and transitioning plans.

Requirements & Definition Management

  • Plans and drives scoping, requirements definition and prioritization activities for large, complex initiatives.
  • Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate requirements definition and management methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Obtains input from, and formal agreement to, requirements from a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Negotiates with stakeholders to manage competing priorities and conflicts.
  • Ensures changes to requirements are investigated and managed.
  • Contributes to the development of organizational methods and standards.

Relationship Management

  • Identifies the communications and relationship of stakeholder groups.
  • Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.
  • Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement strategies and plans.
  • Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.
  • Captures and disseminates technical and business information.
  • Manages the innovation pipeline and executes innovation processes.
  • Develops, evolves and adapts innovation tools, processes and infrastructure to drive the process of innovation.
  • Identifies resources and capabilities needed to support innovation.
  • Encourages and motivates innovation communities, teams and individuals to share creative ideas and learn from failures.
  • Manages and facilitates the communication and open flow of creative ideas between interested parties and the set-up of innovation networks and communities.
  • Requires physical ability and mental acuity to execute the duties of the position successfully within required timeframes to meet business requirements.

Core Competencies Critical to success in this role

Autonomy

  • Works under broad direction. Work is often self-initiated. Is fully responsible for meeting allocated technical and/or project/supervisory objectives. Establishes milestones and has a significant role in the assignment of tasks and/or responsibilities.

Influence/People Leadership

  • Influences organization, customers, suppliers, partners and peers on the contribution of own specialism. Builds appropriate and effective business relationships.
  • Mentors more junior Product Managers.
  • Makes decisions which impact the success of assigned work, i.e. results, deadlines and budget. Leads on user/customer collaboration throughout all stages of work.
  • Engages with clients approximately 20% of time to ensure that user needs are being met consistently through each work stage.

Innovation & Complexity

  • Performs an extensive range and variety of complex technical and/or professional work activities.
  • Undertakes work which requires the application of fundamental principles in a wide and often unpredictable range of contexts.
  • Understands the relationship between own specialism and wider customer/organizational requirements.

Business Skills

  • Demonstrates leadership. Communicates effectively, both formally and informally.
  • Facilitates collaboration between stakeholders who have diverse objectives.
  • Analyzes, designs, plans, executes and evaluates work to time, cost and quality targets.
  • Analyzes requirements and advises on scope and options for continuous operational improvement. Takes all requirements into account when making proposals.
  • Demonstrates creativity, innovation and ethical thinking in applying solutions for the benefit of the customer/stakeholder.
  • Advises on the available standards, methods, tools and applications relevant to own specialism and can make appropriate choices from alternatives.
  • Maintains an awareness of developments in the industry.
  • Takes initiative to keep skills up to date. Mentors colleagues. Assesses and evaluates risk.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in related field and 8+ years of relevant experience; or MS w/ 6+ years experience; or 12+ years an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
  • Applies extensive knowledge in business, product performance and industry principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Working knowledge for SAFe Agile Methodology.
  • Serves as point of authority and/or source of technical knowledge in primary discipline or technical area.
  • Routinely called upon to apply/demonstrate expertise in existing and emerging technologies, practices, and processes.
  • Working experience in design, development and implementation of product plans.
  • Working experience in full product lifecycle methodologies.
  • Working experience in creating, prioritizing and recommending epics and features.
  • Working experience in in conducting competitive research and analysis.
  • Working experience in identifying KPIs and other analytics to measure product value.
  • Working experience with executive presentations and communications.
  • Working experience serving in an executive leadership role as part of a collaborative, cross-functional, and complex team environment.

So, are you ready to challenge today and transform tomorrow? Apply now.


Who We Are

About Cox Automotive

Theres nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com, Manheim and vAuto.

About Cox

We are the Cox family of businesses. Weve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. Were also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. Were looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope youll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at coxenterprises.com.

Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individuals age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

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About Cox Automotive

About Cox Automotive

There’s nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic and groundbreaking consumer brands like Autotrader ® and Kelley Blue Book®, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com ®, Manheim ®, NextGear Capital ®, vAuto ® and Xtime®.

Cox Automotive is part of Cox Enterprises, a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion. 

Come join a global, family business that treats team members and clients like they’re just that – family. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

Cox Automotive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Vision:

We are software engineers, marketers, sales leaders and trailblazers transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars.

Cox Automotive