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Title:  Program Manager


Opportunity Snapshot

Top reasons to consider aligning your career with CTS Corporation.

Leverage Your Passion & Product Management and/or Engineering Experience to Own a Growing Product Portfolio (Automotive Sensors) 

Make a visible impact as you serve as the "CEO" and become the SME for your assigned products.

If you combine the passion and dedication to take ownership of a key product portfolio, with strong technical knowledge and understanding of mechatronics, the role of Product Manager with CTS offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:

  • Make your mark on an important, evolving portfolio, ideal for a high-energy product manager who wants to make a difference. The portfolio includes a full product mix and growth aspirations including new products, markets and regions. 
  • Earn a competitive salary + bonus and a comprehensive slate of benefits including medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts; and more.
  • Work as part of an outstanding global team. You'll report to a supervisor in the UK and interact with stakeholders in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The team is collaborative and truly enjoys what they do.
  • Demonstrate your skill and talent in a job with wide visibility, including to the C-Suite. Prove yourself in this position and you could continue to advance your career with CTS, perhaps stepping up to a Product Line Manager.
  • Enjoy autonomy and support as you own your role under the guidance and mentorship of a skilled and experienced supervisor. Our leaders, including your supervisor, are accessible and promote broad communication and transparency at all levels.
  • Join a respected and rapidly growing, global organization with a strong and stable financial profile. Even during the pandemic, CTS continued to grow.

The Product Manager must live within reasonable commuting distance to our Lisle, IL, Elkhart, IN, or Farmington Hills, MI locations. This is a hybrid role where you will work 2-3 days per week onsite and the remainder from your home office. In the future, you may also travel domestically and internationally up to 25%, as required. Currently, travel is limited.

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 be a good fit for the role of Product Manager, you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Business or Engineering (Electrical or Mechanical)
  • ​Experience and proven success (typically 3+ years) in a product management or engineering role where physical products are produced. The ideal candidate will have sensor mechatronics or Tier 1 automotive with experience supporting products such as interior safety systems, airbags, seatbelts, etc., electrical powertrain, or motor controls.
  • Global experience preferred. 
  • Automotive sensor experience preferred. 
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) experience is a plus.
  • Legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship.

In addition, you will need the following core competencies and characteristics:

  • Strategic thinking skills to define product vision and direction, beyond the day-to-day tactical work. 
  • Business and financial acumen to contribute to creation of business case, financial analysis of product portfolio, forecasting / budgeting. 
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to align and lead a team without formal authority but through conviction, compassion, and diplomacy. 
  • Communication and collaboration skills to keep the cross-functional team coordinated and aligned to critical information. 
  • Presentation skills to present in a concise, engaging, and tailored way to a specific audience. 
  • Research skills to deeply understand customers and the market, and consolidate research into easy-to-understand documentation and contribute to the creation of strategy. 
  • Strong customer relationship management skills and ability to translate customer needs to executable product initiatives. 
  • Project management skills to coordinate the product strategy and roadmap execution that includes the creation of marketing materials and sales support training. 
  • Analytical skills to measure progress when carrying out the strategy and roadmap, and to find patterns behind the metrics. 
  • Quick learner who rebounds from setbacks and adjusts and manages changes effectively; creativity.

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Product and Program Management, as Product Manager, Sensors and Mechatronics (Sensor Product Line:  Non-EV), you will be responsible for product planning, marketing, and lifecycle management for our automotive sensor portfolio. You will define, create, and execute product strategies, including the product roadmap, pricing strategies, and cost efficiency plans, and own the product revenue and margin forecasts that reflect strategic expectations. Additionally, 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 automotive sensor product line portfolio. Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Defining and executing assigned product strategy within the business unit and product roadmap, in ​alignment with the global business unit strategy. 
  • Aligning engineering, sales, and other areas of business to the defined strategy. 
  • Completing market, competitive and consumer analyses; deriving and documenting trends by utilizing key product management tools and frameworks, including the preparation and execution of voice of the customer initiatives, and becoming the market expert for the product portfolio. 
  • Defining and owning business case creation and measuring / reporting on key performance metrics. 
  • Developing product positioning, including marketing collateral supporting new product introductions. 
  • Creating product technical marketing material and internal product training, including sales tools and collateral. 
  • Supporting sales meetings with product demos and/or technical presentations to customers. 
  • Defining and executing product pricing strategy based on market and value proposition. 
  • Coordinating the quotation process, prioritizing quotations based on business and market needs 
  • Delivering product portfolio revenue, margin forecast, and managing product line budget. 
  • Understanding margin expectations and then identifying and coordinating the execution of margin improvement initiatives. 
  • In conjunction with the global Product Management Team, across all business units, developing and driving best practices to ensure world-class Product Management practices within CTS Corporation. 

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


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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Lisle, IL, US, 60532

Job Type:  Full-Time

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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