Product Development Director – Electric Mobility Startup

Our client is a startup focused on accelerating the adoption of electric cars. The Product Development Director will lead the team that imagines, designs, and builds customer experiences that eliminate friction from electric car adoption.

  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Deeply understand the customer journeys involved in consumer electric vehicle adoption. Bring the voice of the customer into imagining, designing, and prototyping solutions. Incorporate insights, data, and customer feedback into our experience design.
  • Perform empathetic customer discovery engagements to uncover key customer needs, design experiences that will simplify EV adoption.
  • Define the business case, value proposition, market size, segmentation, unit economics, and financial potential of new opportunities
  • Own the product development and delivery roadmap for company’s current and future suite of products for consumers, business, and utilities including: customer education, digital automotive retail, electric vehicle subscriptions, community-based car sharing, charging equipment installation, and managed charging. For each product, articulate a clear value proposition and steer development to achieve product-market fit.
  • Define the UI/UX and technical architecture for our products.
  • Build and maintain an ecosystem of strong relationships among customers, suppliers, business partners, and other key stakeholders, including automakers, car dealerships, utilities, electricians, financiers, and technology vendors.
  • Create and revise initial commercial documents such as customer contracts.
  • Identify, hire, and manage team members and contractors.
  • Travel to domestic and international locations as needed.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in product management, product development, UX design, product marketing, or similar discipline, with at least 5 years experience with people management responsibilities.
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in product leadership roles in software, preferably mobile applications that intermediate offline experiences such as mobility, retail, or home services. Alternatively, at least 5 years experience in automotive or mobility industries, with preferred specialized experience in digital retail, EV marketing, OEM/dealer relationship management, shared mobility, or connected car technologies.
  • Proven experience in bringing a successful product to market.
  • Strong capability to engage collaboratively with customers, from product conceptualization through transaction.
  • Experience conceptualizing and developing new products, in either a start-up environment or an established company
  • Passion for creating fun and compelling user experiences
  • Capability to work dynamically and collaboratively across multiple teams and projects with minimal supervision.
  • Entrepreneurial passion for getting things done and a “make it happen” attitude with an intellectual curiosity to seek new opportunities and ability to quickly learn new areas of interest.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Masters degree preferred. Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience will be considered.

Job Category: Product
Job Location: Remote

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