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Product Manager, Connectivity Services & Mobility

Date: Oct 4, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: Kia America, Inc.

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 North America’s Connected Car team is looking for an experienced Mobility Program Manager. 


The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Connected Services subscription offering, revenue and cost modeling for UVO line of products with Kia Connected Vehicles. 


In this role, the program manager will also be responsible for developing, managing, and further enhancing various Feature-On-Demand based offerings enabled by Connectivity and IOT based services. The candidate will be responsible to ensure the service offerings enhance overall customer experience, manage cost, and improve the overall service take rate.


The candidate will also be responsible for developing smart data centric projects like UBI and services to further expand monetization opportunities in this area. Developing various financial models and aligning the projects accordingly would be key expectation from this role.
 

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Manage the Connected Car subscription offerings, feature packaging, revenue management, reporting, customer issues escalation handling 30%
2nd Create roadmap for Feature on demand and data services. Develops programs to improve customer offerings and additional revenue options.  30%
3rd Explore new partnership opportunities for connected and data services. Generate business case and why buy for each proposed partnership. Lead negotiations with potential service providers. 20%
4th Manage all aspects of the projects related to the services and offering, including SOW/MSA negotiations, developing project plans and customer launch planning 20%

 

Education/Certification

Education

  • BS in Engineering or Computer Science is a minimum
  • MBA or equivalent business degree is also an added must
  • IOT certification is a major plus
  • PMP certification is a major plus
  • Product Owner Certification preferred

Overall Experience

Related Experience 

  • 10+ years of overall industry experience 
  • 7+ years of relevant product management experience, including 3+ years in a product leadership role
  • 5+ years’ experience in the Connected Car, Mobility space and IOT.
  • 5+ years proven record in technology partnership negotiations, ideation, and execution of such projects.
  • Prior experience to subscription-based product offerings will have huge advantage. 
     

Directly Related Experience

  • Identify growth and monetization opportunity through Connectivity and Mobility enabled services 
  • Manage and improve existing Connectivity subscription services 
  • Develop new Connected Car data services opportunities 
  • Develop business case and program to support various Feature on Demand services using OTA and Connected Car services
  • Study and develop new partnership opportunities and make management recommendations 
  • Candidates exhibit strong experience in area of technology and a flexible, creative approach to problem solving. They should be able to take ownership of business requirements and devise and develop solutions that meet the customers' needs. Time to market is critical. They must be able to liaise closely with many stakeholders to continue to drive projects forward. Support development of requirements and specifications relative to the solution including project hardware, software, and infrastructure support.

        
Other Requirements:

  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours as required by the job, including weekends or holidays
  • Occasional travel may be required domestically and/or internationally    
     

Skills

A general understanding of data security and privacy.
Business case development (Business Financials)
Digital product experience (Web, Mobile / Apps)
Excellent ability to build complex financial and cost models for developing monetization business cases
Excellent communication and presentation skills required (written and oral).
Project management experience; ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Seasoned negotiator (MSA, SOW, RFP/RFQ)
Strong understanding of automotive and particularly around electric vehicle technology
Strong understanding of IOT platforms, Connected and data services, AI, and 5G. The candidate should stay on top of latest trends and constantly assess the roadmap

Competencies

CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels

 

Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS 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.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS 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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