Senior Manager, Automotive Strategy

Last updated 6 days ago
Location:Troy, Michigan
Job Type:Full Time


At TE, you will unleash your potential working with people from diverse backgrounds and industries to create a safer, sustainable and more connected world.

Company Overview

TE Connectivity Ltd., is a $14 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Joined with our consistent growth and strategic M&A, TE will continue delivering industry-leading total shareholder returns (360% TE TSR over FY10-17, versus 175% for the S&P 500 overall). For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. TE is positioned to continue capitalizing on the mega trends underpinning secular growth – including Digital, IoT, Healthcare, and transportation Electronification. By virtue of these content growth opportunities arrayed across the diverse markets and broad applications we serve, TE’s business model will continue delivering above-market organic growth rates.


TE fulfills its purpose not only through our products but in how we operate: supporting our local communities, ensuring sustainability, and living our values of Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, and Innovation (we are recognized amongst the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” as tracked by the Ethisphere Institute). Consistently regarded as a “Great Place to Work” and as one of “America’s Best Employers” (Forbes). With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

Job Overview

As a member of the Automotive Strategy team, you will help shape the Automotive Business Unit’s portfolio composition and competitive strategy by being an advisor to the Global Automotive General Manager and the leadership team of the Automotive Business Unit. The Senior Manager, Automotive Strategy will work directly with the Vice President of Strategy for the Transportation Solutions Segment to create shareholder value by helping address the most important strategic questions across Automotive Business Unit, including:

  • Support the Global and Regional General Managers as well as Global Product Managers of the Automotive Business in developing strategies that drive above-market organic and inorganic growth, working closely with leadership to ensure both cross-functional involvement and real-time input as the external environment (e.g., technology, customer needs, regulations, competitors, etc.) evolves.
  • Manage projects to help identify new growth platforms, growth opportunities within business units, and across businesses – through the identification of attractive market spaces, determining what it takes to win, assessing competitive position and business models, and then helping the organization to align on strategic direction and execution of the plan.
  • Ensure that the business strategies he/she develops clearly articulate the business choices, are well-defined, lay out talent and resource requirements, and are implementable.
  • Successful strategy delivery should result in industry-leading growth and profit margins.
  • Identify, synthesize and communicate key trends across industries, segments, regions, and competitors.
  • Help support the strategic planning process and deepen strategic capabilities in the organization.
  • Support research and analysis for identifying and assessing inorganic opportunities.
  • Drive change – designing and implementing projects to execute on strategic objectives.
  • Support and enhance talent management for the strategy organization, including talent acquisition, development, and retention objectives.
What you will be doing:
  • Assist in strategy development that enables the organization to frame and make critical strategic decisions to profitably grow and defend the business. Help the organization to refine its “where to play” and “how to win” choices to drive growth, improve profitability, and sustain competitive advantage.
  • Lead joint BU and Corporate teams in solving complex business problems using a hands-on hypothesis-driven approach:
o Provide project management and thought leadership to project teams
o Guide and coach project team members in using a hypothesis-driven approach
o Lead from the front by taking on complex workstreams and providing hands-on support, including serving in an individual contributor capacity when required
o Develop project deliverables and executive presentation documents
o Lead primary and secondary research
o Frame discussion of findings and recommendations
o Become a trusted advisor to BU and Segment leadership
  • Support the successful development and deployment of the annual strategy development process
o Contribute to the development of a robust strategic plan for the Automotive BU given current market/business conditions and provide feedback to the team involved in this process
o Provide strategic expertise to BU and Segment leadership as well as key functional stakeholders
o Help monitor progress deploying the business’s current strategic plans and identify required changes over a prior year using metrics, roadmaps, dashboards & actual financials
What you will be doing (cont.):
  • Partner with Finance, Product Management, Engineering and Operations colleagues to understand the impact of strategic decisions and drive greater strategic focus down into individual businesses during the course of executing on stated value drivers. Help the businesses identify and develop plans to close gaps between business aspirations and current strategic plans and capabilities.
  • Selectively assist the Automotive Business Unit in:
o Identifying, analyzing, and resolving important strategic issues it faces
o Analyzing industry structure, business models, competitive dynamics, and market attractiveness and its likely evolution to inform strategy development and priority setting
o Developing timely, well-informed analysis of technology, regulations, competition (both existing and emerging). Anticipate likely changes and assess the strategic and economic impact of changes on today and over next (a) 5-10 years and (b) 10-20 years
o Translating insights around the industry and technology evolution into foresights around how growth, market shares and profit pools are expected to shift within the vehicle architecture and helping the business to think through how to best position TE to maximize value capture.
o Bringing expertise and techniques (e.g., scenario planning, wargaming) designed to identify and make better decisions under uncertainty. Understand and quantify its impact across all business assumptions
o Identifying and assessing inorganic opportunities – acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, alliances, licensing relationships, etc.
o Assist in the synthesis of businesses strategic priorities and building the execution plans
  • Collaboratively work with business and technical community to bring strategy perspective to building a business development capability within the group. This will be a multidisciplinary effort aimed at more effectively driving revenue through partnership activities.
  • Perform other job-related duties as needed
Job Requirements
  • Problem Solving, Analytics, Work Structure and Management, and Communications
o Ability to structure and solve complex problems using a hypothesis-driven approach
o Ability to structure work, manage strategy projects, and provide thought leadership to the team members
o Proficient in creating value through the application of advanced data analytics
o Strong oral and written communication skills – ability to synthesize and effectively communicate key messages
o Excellent active listening skills
  • Thought leadership and business expertise
o A strategy practitioner with a track record of problem solving
o Deep expertise in the automotive industry
o Ability to architect and create strategy tools, frameworks, and processes
Job Requirements (Cont.)
  • People, Teamwork and Leadership
o Strong executive presence; not through arrogance, rather collaboration and influencing
o High cross-cultural awareness
o A strong, humble leader
o Orientation towards people development, tailoring projects and work priorities to help nurture talent and extended through regular coaching and feedback
o A team player able to work with and through others with the ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal
o Being hands-on, staying connected to the ongoing strategy deployment and helping manage implementation when necessary
o Able to work effectively at all levels in an organization
o Strong relationship builder
  • Passion and Drive
o Drive to create a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future
o Passion for technology
o Curiosity to ask probing questions and make discoveries
o Drive to find the right answer
o Commitment to excellence, ensuring objectives are met and delivered on-time
What your background should look like:
  • 6+ years of cumulative business experience. 2+ years in a major top tier General Management Consulting Firm, with a focus on high tech or diversified industrials clients
  • Individual should be a strategy practitioner well versed in the theory and tools of strategy formulation as well as the practical implementation of strategy within a complex organization
  • Well-honed understanding of the key levers to deliver superior and consistent total shareholder return (TSR)
  • Operational track record of dealing with strategic business issues including microeconomics, industry structure, operations strategy, and finance
  • Familiarity with project management approaches, tools, and phases of the project lifecycle – with experience applying these skills in managing teams and leading projects
  • Automotive industry experience preferred.
  • International experience is a plus but is not required.
  • Language: English fluency required; German and/or Mandarin a plus.

Travel

  • Willingness to travel 10-20% based on business demand. Travel is typically infrequent.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Bachelors degree in Engineering preferred (if not, experience in engineered-products industries)
  • MBA or another advanced degree from a top program is highly preferred

Location

Greater Winston Salem, NC or Detroit, MI area

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About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity is a $13 billion global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With nearly 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

What TE Connectivity offers:
We offer competitive total rewards compensation. Our commitment to our associates includes offering benefit programs that are comprehensive, competitive and will meet the needs of our associates.

  • Generous 401(k) Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits start on day one
  • Charity Donation Matching Program
  • Competitive Paid Time Off
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Healthcare for Associates and Families
  • Health and Wellness Incentives
  • Life Insurance and Disability Protection

Throughout our Global reach and various Business Units, we take a balanced approach to the benefits we provide. Many benefits are company-paid, while others are available through associate contribution. Specific benefit offerings can vary by location.