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European product Department Manager

Date: 15-Apr-2019

Location: Bracknell, GB

Company: Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Job Title:European product Department Manager 
Job Location: Bracknell (UK-BRCK) 


The Automobile division is planning to accelerate the electrification of its model range and deliver excellent products to satisfy and exceeds customers’ needs and requirements in the European market.


This role is responsible for the product management of the whole model range ensuring that we have the right product offering to compete in the European market place.

Working closely with Honda Motor Japan (HM) Planning and with the key stakeholders in the R&D and engineering teams, this role’s objectives are to manage the full model lifecycle to ensure product competitiveness and to achieve profitability goals.


This pivotal role also requires involvement with all areas of the European business to successfully bring products to market.


 Main Accountabilities:

  • Manage the model development process (Sales, Engineering, Development flow) from HME side to deliver products that achieve the required sales volume and profitability targets and champion customer voice
  • Ensure all new product evaluations with HM / HME top management are prepared in a timely manner at each key step of the model development flow
  • Lead the HME SP (Sales Planning) activities within HME to ensure successful Pan-European launch of all models
  • Plan and manage market research and focus groups to understand customers’ acceptance of our products.
  • Manage Pan-European events to share complete model information with key stakeholders in HME and Branches.
  • Manage, motivate and develop the Product Management team to ensure the smooth running of the department
  • Proactively maintain comprehensive understanding of Customer’s current and future requirements in the European region to inform each model development
  • Department budget control and planning


Qualifications, skills and experience required:

  • Experience of operating in a senior role with both strategic and operational accountabilities for a business unit
  • Leadership and influencing skills with a strong ethic of teamwork in an international environment.
  • Knowledge of new model development process and sales / product planning experience in the automotive industry
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with an understanding of business finance
  • Very well organised with the ability to work under pressure and effectively prioritise in order to meet tight deadlines.
  • Natural communication and presenter
  • Highly proficient PC skills (especially Excel and PowerPoint).  

Honda Motor Europe is dedicated to the principle of creating equal opportunities within the workplace for all associates, agency workers, contractors, job applicants and visitors. Central to this is Honda's commitment to being a fair, discrimination free company that accepts the uniqueness and differences of people around the world and adheres to the principle that all people are created equal. This commitment comes directly from the Honda Philosophy and belief that we all work together for a common purpose. Honda recruits, hires, trains and promotes into all levels the most qualified individuals without regard to race, colour, origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other protected characteristic.

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