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Title:  Product Line Manager, FCP


Own the Development & Growth of a Key Product Line for a Global Industry Leader 


Prime visible, high-impact role perfect for a proven product manager with excellent technical and leadership skills. 


If you combine senior-level product development skills and success working with technical products, with proven ability to lead a team, the role of Product Line Manager role offers you some compelling opportunities. You will: 


  • Make an impact by learning our technology and translating that knowledge into strong business development opportunities. 
  • Enhance your leadership skills and influence improvements by managing a diverse, globally dispersed team, creating a collaborative environment, and promoting best practices. 
  • Own a visible role where you can showcase your talent and potential for advancement in our growing global organization
  • Enjoy a communicative and upbeat culture. We maintain an open-door policy and wide communication at all levels, including Town Hall meetings and Company Round Tables with the CEO. 
  • Earn competitive compensation and a bonus opportunity along with a comprehensive slate of benefits. 


We touch millions of lives globally every day. CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators, and electronic components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We have over 20 locations in 12 countries and more than 3,500 employees. Our innovative sensing, connectivity, and motion solutions offer a diverse range of products across many industries. We are at the forefront of innovating life-changing technology, focusing on quality to keep people safe, healthy, and happy. 

The Requirements 


To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will be a U.S. citizen. In addition, to be a good fit for the Product Line Manager opportunity, you will have: 


  • A bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or other technical disciplines; an MBA is preferred 
  • 10+ years of product development, applications, or engineering experience in a similar industry (i.e., communications, device components, frequency control solutions, wireless connectivity, etc.) 
  • 5+ years of experience directly leading teams, ideally in a dispersed environment, preferably global 
  • A strong understanding of how to work with customers across many countries; a global mindset with the ability to understand international clients' needs 
  • Some international experience, and a proven record of business growth 
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally (Europe and Asia) 


The Role 

Find out about the primary responsibilities for this position. 
Reporting to the General Manager of the Electronic Components Business Unit, you will be responsible for the Frequency Control product line. We have strong technology that is useful for a variety of communication, military, and industrial applications. Our portfolio is expanding and ranges from products that are highly commodified to highly engineered. 
As Product Line Manager, you’ll be accountable for the overall product management strategy, developing products, executing product and pricing strategies, driving profitability, improving gross margins, and securing revenue growth. You'll serve as the business manager for your product line, with similar responsibility to a General Manager but for a single product line rather than the whole business unit. You will own the P&L, be empowered to determine product strategy and define your tactics, and will have a strong influence on our go-to-market strategy. 


Why Join Us 

More great reasons to join our team. 
High Impact 
When you do this job well, you will be a hero as you help the business grow at a faster pace. We already have amazing technology. As a skilled product manager, you will be central to driving growth and taking the business to the next level. 
Support and Empowerment 
Though you'll be based in the U.S., your manager will be based in Taiwan, so you’ll be empowered to do whatever is needed to grow the business. We’ll rely on you to be the ‘boots on the ground’ in Massachusetts, but you’ll also have plenty of support when you need it from your manager via phone or email, from the GM and from the rest of the team. 
Professional Development 
This is an extensive role where you’ll have opportunities to learn even though you'll bring strong experience. For example, if you haven’t participated in mergers and acquisitions, that’s something you’ll have a chance to learn here. We also have plenty of training and development programs, such as employee development training, leadership development, and performance training. We prefer to hire from within whenever possible, so you will have the chance to grow your career with CTS. Once you find success in this role, your next step from here could be as a General Manager. 
Great Environment 
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart, talented and mutually supportive professionals. The team is fairly lean and the pace is fast, but we believe in strong communication and are all dedicated to meeting our goals and objectives. 
Growth Oriented 
Company-wide, there is a tremendous effort being spent to drive growth. That means adding key resources and providing room for strong performers to make a name for themselves. Growth = opportunity to take on even greater responsibilities and advance. 
Excellent Compensation 
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus potential, we offer a slate of benefits including medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts; and more. 


More Insight 

If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below. 
More about the requirements 
In addition to the qualifications already described, you will have the following core competencies and characteristics: 


  • The ability to coordinate, manage, and align multiple stakeholders, both internal and external, to reach business objectives 
  • Strong self-confidence and ownership; responsiveness and decisive action. A demonstrated action orientation with the ability to organize resources and get things done quickly and effectively 
  • Excellent communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences utilizing multiple formats. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of international business customs 
  • The ability to build, develop, and motivate both U.S. and international sales staff toward common business goals and strategies, and to inspire others to top performance 
  • Strong listening and team-building skills 
  • Skill as a collaborative and effective leader with the ability to motivate, inspire, and influence 


Preferred but not required: 


  • 3+ years of manufacturing industry experience preferred
  • Mergers and Acquisitions experience a plus 
  • The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading manufacturing operations in multiple countries 


More about the role 
In the Hopkinton facility, you’ll have four direct reports including an Engineering Manager, a Product Manager, a Business Development Manager, and an Operations Manager, plus another Operations Manager based in Singapore. You will guide communication between the teams to establish common strategies, goals, and best practices. One of your key goals will be to bring the team together, helping everyone to align and become more efficient in meeting strategic goals and developing the business.  
Some of your specific tasks will be to: 


  • Develop and drive the product line strategy and ensure understanding, alignment, and execution across the product line organization. 
  • Oversee operating income for the product line and review activity reports and financial statements to determine the progress of operations. 
  • Use market, business, and product expertise, and direct the activities necessary to develop a balanced portfolio of products within the product line in different stages of their lifecycle with the right levels of investments to meet the strategic revenue, margin, and growth expectations. 
  • Use revenue and margin forecasts to set goals and monitor success. 
  • Oversee and coordinate product, R&D projects, and activities of the product line in accordance with business plans. 
  • Attract, develop, and retain talent to ensure that people with the right skills and motivation to meet business needs are in the right place at the right time. Assess organizational capabilities and develop action plans to address gaps and weaknesses. 
  • Develop goals and action plans and provide leadership to ensure the achievement of operating income targets and profitability. 
  • Provide professional growth and development opportunities. Provide regular coaching, guidance and performance feedback. 


Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities. 
More about your success 
Explore the skills and traits that will enable you to stand out: 
To excel in this role, you’ll need the technical expertise to understand the value of our frequency control product and engineering solutions so that you can explain it to customers and understand where you could look for new business opportunities. 
In addition to your technical skill and product development experience, it will be equally important that you fit in well with the culture here. We are a global organization, and you’ll be working with teams in the U.S. and Asia, as well as customers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. You will need to have, or quickly develop, an understanding of international business customs, and the ability to work with, motivate and develop a global team. In addition, you will need: 


  • A strong work ethic and high integrity 
  • A strong sense of ownership 
  • A self-starter mentality to keep projects moving 
  • The drive and initiative to achieve goals with little oversight 
  • High energy with ability to effectively mentor, guide and develop your team 


United States EEO Statement 
CTS Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTS Corporation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It has been and shall continue to be both the official policy and the commitment of CTS Corporation to further equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of, among other characteristics, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We fully comply with all applicable Department of Labor and EEOC rules, regulations, guidelines, and orders including but not limited to Executive Order 11246 and 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4, 60-250.5(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). The parties hereby incorporate the requirements of 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4(a)(7), 29 C.F.R. Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, 41 C.F.R. § 60-300.5(a) and 41 C.F.R. § 60-741.5(a), if applicable.
Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a background check and drug screening.
United States Additional Considerations 
It is unlawful in all states where the Company operates, including Massachusetts, to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates applicable laws may be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability. The Company does not require a lie detector test as a condition of employment nor continued employment.  

Applicants must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States.

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Hopkinton, MA, US, 01748

Job Type:  Full-Time

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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