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Director, Product Manager - Core Products

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Job ID: R0043430
Date Posted: Feb 2, 2024
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Project/Program Management
Job Type (Experience Level): Senior Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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As a Director, Product Manager - Core Products, you will set the direction, vision, and execution path throughout the product life cycle.  You will be responsible for driving increased revenue, profitability, and market share, including channel improvement, new product development, and technology deployment. The Director, Product Manager - Core Products will be a unique combination of a working product manager and a team leader, responsible for developing a team of core product managers.

This position location is remote within the USA, ideally in Northeast/Midwest US

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements global product strategies to accelerate the growth of Hitachi Global Air Power’s core product and service offering product lines.  
  • Driving a customer focused strategy, the goal is to build a dynamic team, create differentiation, and achieve growth for the business. 
  • Working cross-functionally with local and global teams to successfully develop short-term and long-term strategies to strengthen the portfolio of product and service offerings. 
  • Responsible for revenue, margin, customer satisfaction, and market share objectives as well as full product life cycle including product obsolescence and discontinuation strategies to ensure positive customer experience and smooth customer transitions. 
  • Provide education and direction for all new product introductions with the team. 
  • Maintain close relationships within the organization through training and active participation in the sales process, including customer visits, participating with pricing tactics, and customer support. 
  • Driving activities and decisions focused on maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and growing market share through innovation with purpose. 
  • Assist in identifying and developing effective product marketing and launch strategies for effective product, promotion, placement, and price offering to the customer. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or Equivalent
  • MBA preferred

Professional experience:

  • 8 – 10+ years product management experience managing diverse B2B product and service portfolios required
  • Proven experience in global product management in an industrial, manufacturing, capital equipment environment required
  • 5+ years leadership experience with increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to drive product portfolio optimization and achieve profitability goals
  • Portfolio planning, product rationalization, collecting Voice of Customer, Market Research, Market Strategy, Value Based Pricing
  • Strong management, project management and planning skills, and comfortable making decisions and adopting changes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to work in matrix organizational structure
  • Travel: approximately 20+% globally

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • LEAN / Six Sigma Certified and / or Project Management Professional Certification
  • New product development process and / or stage-gate development process
  • Product line Profit & Loss (P&L) management experience
  • S&OP experience
  • Team management, cross functional team experience, matrix management experience

Key behaviors:

  • Planning and organization
  • Influence and negotiation
  • Communication for understanding
  • Collaboration across boundaries
  • Customer insight and curiosity
  • Information analysis
  • Improvement and innovation mindset
  • Decision making and risk taking
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Holds themselves accountable for results

Direct reports:

  • Yes

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Hitachi Global Air Power US Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Hitachi Global Air Power US is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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