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Connected Car Program Manager - Embedded

Date: Mar 27, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.

Status

Exempt

Summary

Kia Motors North America’s Connected Car team is looking for an experienced Embedded Program Manager. 
The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering innovative solutions for our UVO line of products with Kia Connected Vehicles. 
In this role, the Program Manager will maintain the UVO product launch schedules w.r.t vehicle launch timings and quality gate timings.
The candidate will do the engineering change management and work with other product owners to convert engineering changes into customer experience.
The ideal candidate will also manage other Program management aspects for a UVO launch like engaging with Marketing team for product marketing, Sales and Training teams for product training and Quality teams for Issue management, Finance Team for budgeting matters. 
As Kia gears towards providing a world class connected solution, this candidate will play a key role in driving the product engagement with the customers and also ensure our offering is competitive and centered towards a personalized customer experience. 

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Develop forward looking UVO product launch plan across multiple vehicle line and manage timeline for engineering changes, system changes, application changes and gate timings.   35%
2nd Responsible for cross-functional interface within the company and leading the relevant product launches to ensure the customer is provided with a consistent and unique experience. Act as liaison with Marketing, Sales, Service, Quality, Legal, Training, and other required teams. 25%
3rd Represent KMA in engaging with external affiliates and conduct necessary negotiations with partners responsible for the product launch (HATCI, HAEA, NAQC, R&D, etc.) 20%
4th Support customer issues and incident management 20%

 

Education/Certification

  • Bachelors in engineering, computer science, or related Sciences preferred or equivalent work experience require
  • MBA preferred
  • PMP preferred
  • Certified Product Owner Certification preferred 

Overall Experience

  • 10+ years of overall industry experience 
  • 6+ years of relevant Engineering product management experience, including 3+ years in a product leadership role
  • 3+ years of  experience with mobile and IOT platform development and management 
  • Relevant Automotive or Connected Car based project management experience a plus.
  • Prior experience to subscription-based product offerings will have huge advantage.

 

Position Requirements:

  • Occasional travel may be required domestically and/or internationally. May travel up to 10% as required by job.  
  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job, including weekends or holidays.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Directly Related Experience

N/A

Skills

Leading internal and external teams/task forces.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Excellent communication and presentation skills required (written and oral).
Project management experience; ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to manage and coordinate cross-functional activities and agendas
A general understanding of data security and privacy.
Ability to adapt to change of priorities, and working in a fast paced environment
Must possess and have experience with Advanced PowerPoint portfolio

Competencies

Adapting to Change
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
Championing Customer Needs
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
Communicating Effectively
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
Delivering High Quality Work
Developing Talent
Driving Continuous Improvement
Entrepreneurial Thinking
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
Inspiring and Motivating Others
Managing Risk
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Setting a Strategic Vision

 

Equal Employment Opportunities

KMA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KMA complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KMA has offices.  The KMA EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

 

Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


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