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Title:  Product Manager, Sensors & Controls

Description: 

Opportunity Snapshot

Top reasons to consider aligning your career with CTS Corporation.

 

Take responsibility for development and growth of electromechanical sensors & controls products for a respected and growing global organization.

Serve as a hands-on technical expert in a visible, high-impact role.

If you combine technical knowledge of electronic and electromechanical components with product management experience, the role of Product Manager, Sensors & Controls offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:

  • Make an impact on our Electro component product line, used in a variety of applications ranging from electric guitars to forklifts. You’ll learn our technology and translate that knowledge into business development opportunities to take our product line to the next level.
  • Earn a competitive salary + bonus and a comprehensive slate of benefits.
  • Expand your skill in wider areas of the business and showcase your potential to advance your career. For example, once you find success in this role, you could move up into a Product Line Manager.
  • Join a respected and rapidly growing, global organization with a strong and stable financial profile. Even during the pandemic, CTS continued to grow.
  • Enjoy an open and upbeat culture. Our leaders, including your supervisor, are accessible and promote broad communication and transparency at all levels, including town hall meetings and company round tables with the CEO and other leaders.

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

Find out what it takes to own and thrive in this role.

 

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Product Manager opportunity, you will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field; MBA preferred
  • 5+ years of experience as a Product Manager, Product Specialist, or Product Champion, including demonstrated success defining and launching quality products
  • 8+ years of experience in the electromechanical sensors and controls market; experience in internet of things (IOT), industrial controls, etc., is a plus
  • A technical background, with skill and experience with electronic and electromechanical components and products
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with or the willingness to work with team members from around the globe, including Asia and the UK, and the ability to be culturally understanding
  • Flexibility to work earlier, later, or weekend hours on occasion to work with customers and team members in other time zones and around the world
  • The ability to travel up to 30% in the U.S., Europe, and Asia to visit customers and team members

 

The Role

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.

 

Reporting to the General Manager of the Electronic Components Business Unit, you will be responsible for product planning and marketing for the Sensors & Controls product line. This will include managing the product throughout the product lifecycle, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, and defining the product vision. You’ll work closely with cross-functional teams including engineering, sales, marketing, and support staff to deliver winning products and ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. You will be responsible for market, competitive, and consumer insights analysis, and identification of trends that will lead to product vision, customer satisfaction, and profitable growth of the product line portfolio.

 

Why Join Us

More great reasons to join our team.

High Impact
When you do this job well, you will help the business grow at a faster pace. We already have amazing technology, we just need someone with the right mix of experience and skill to help us take the business to the next level. This is a key initiative, and you’ll be responsible for driving a good deal of growth.

Professional Development
This is an extensive role where you’ll have opportunities to learn even though you already have experience. 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 to a Product Line Manager with direct reports of your own.

Great Environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart, talented and collaborative 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

Explore the characteristics that will enable you to stand out.

More about the role
In support of the goals described under The Role, your specific tasks will be to:

  • Define the product strategy and roadmap.
  • Deliver market and product requirement documents with prioritized features and corresponding justification.
  • Work with external third parties to assess partnerships and licensing opportunities.
  • Be an expert with respect to the competition.
  • Develop the core positioning and messaging for the product.
  • Work closely with key internal stakeholders and end customers, including assessing their needs, showcasing products in portfolio, engaging in Q&A.
  • Develop a comprehensive list of recommended key target customers globally.
  • Set pricing to meet revenue and profitability goals.
  • Develop sales tools and collateral.
  • Propose an overall budget to ensure success and strategic alignment.
  • Brief and train the sales force.
  • Act as a leader within the company.

Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

About your success
In addition to your technical skill with electromechanical components and your 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 and customers around the globe. You will need to already have, or to quickly develop, an understanding of international business customs, and to be able to work with a global team.

Our ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic and high integrity. You’ll also need a strong sense of ownership and a self-starter mentality to keep projects moving, take hold of new challenges, and look for solutions. We are looking for someone who has the right knowledge and experience, and who will take initiative to achieve goals without a great deal of oversight.

We're looking for someone who doesn't just want their next job but wants to build a career with CTS . . . someone who is wired to excel, invigorated by accomplishment, and comes in every day thinking about what s/he can do to help the company succeed. In addition, to be an outstanding Product Manager, you will be:

  • Open-minded, flexible and adaptable, with a problem-solving aptitude
  • A strong communicator with the ability to share ideas and assimilate information from others
  • An excellent team player with the ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
  • Committed to finding ways to improve yourself and the company
  • Energetic and driven to excel
  • Technically minded paired with creative thinking skills
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Customer-centric, with a finger on the pulse of the industry and a keen ability to jump on market opportunities

 

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.

No agencies, please. We do not accept any unsolicited resumes and are not looking to engage an agency. We receive inquiries from agencies daily. Do not direct any inquiries or emails to hiring managers. It is not our standard practice to utilize agencies; we are a federal contractor and need to comply with the same process for all. 
 
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Location: 

Lisle, IL, US, 60532

Job Type:  Full-Time


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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