Director, Smartphone Product Management - Plano, TX (DB) at Samsung Electronics (Dallas, TX)

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Position Summary

Making the future is everyday life at Samsung. We're seeking innovators who are called to not just change the world, but build a better one. We enable the best technology hardware on the planet, but our best is always a prototype for something better and our people thrive with a driven mindset - better builds on better. We believe that innovation and growth are driven by an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce. We aim to create a global team where everyone belongs and has equal opportunities, inspiring our talent to be their true selves. Together, we are building a better tomorrow for our customers, partners and communities.
This role will report to the VP, Product Management to drive product planning, go-to-market (GTM) strategy, and lifecycle management for Galaxy Smartphones in the US market.
The individual will join the Plano, Texas-based SEA Product Management org in directly supporting SEA leadership, Carrier & Retail account teams, cross-functional GTM teams, and the Headquarters-based product planning and product management organizations.
A successful individual will strive to become an expert in the market, our products, our competitors, our consumer, and our customers (Carriers & Retailers). This role will function as an overall market expert and will lead the planning & GTM strategy for all Galaxy smartphones - from definition through execution. Lastly, this role will support the technology roadmap, uniting opportunities for Samsung with partner requirements for the US smartphone product lineup.
Role and Responsibilities
  • Lead a team of Product Managers (S Series, Z Series, & A Series) focused on driving market share growth across key segments
  • As a people leader, prioritize team member growth & development to efficiently manage the variety of simultaneous work streams
  • Partner with the Headquarters to ensure US consumer & carrier requirements are represented in future roadmap planning
  • Collaborate with Carrier & Retail account teams for new product introductions & customer RFPs secure a positive portfolio ranging result
  • Lead a cross-functional effort to author & drive GTM strategy for new product launches, including data-based rationale for key objectives, business goals for volume & revenue, and KPIs to measure progress
  • Own product positioning & value proposition for the US Market - based on a deep understanding of US market trends, competitor strategies, consumer insights, and other market research.
  • Partner with Mobile Marketing to define target consumer, create guiding documentation (key feature prioritization, messaging, focused RTB pillars, etc), and product claims (eg, "fastest", "brightest", etc).
  • Serve as lead product stakeholder in reviewing & approve training documentation, press materials, etc based on defined product positioning
  • Own SEA pricing strategy and maintain history, aligning with account teams on final terms at product ranging
  • Lead top-down device forecasting to judge unique portfolio scenarios and provide input to Headquarters, aligning with Carrier & Retail account teams and other business planning teams
  • Serve as product line spokesperson, evangelizing the product value proposition to internal stakeholders, customers, & media
  • Partner with other cross-functional teams on post-launch analyses, leading the review from a product/VoC perspective and contributing analysis and recommendations based on performance
  • Own portfolio strategy for each defined market segment, following competitive movement and market share adjustments to identify opportunities for Samsung and make strategic recommendations on a regular cadence
  • Advocate for technology roadmap for future smartphones, validating against US Carrier requirements as well as Samsung-driven initiatives to drive product and business innovation

Skills and Qualifications

An ideal candidate should have a prior strategic role coupled with a strong focus on execution of strategic ideas. Passion for technology is a must. A background in Mobile is a major plus. MBA is preferred.
Candidate should be a proven people manager.
Strong written, visual, and verbal presentation skills are required, as the role involves both internal and external presentations. The role will require direct communication with Samsung executive leadership (local and global), executive customer leadership, & media. Ability to influence strategic decisions and product decisions is expected.
As this role will serve as a key communication interface across a number of cross-functional teams, advanced Project Management skills are necessary (eg, on-time delivery of key working deliverables, managing cross-functional teams towards proposal & launch dates, tracking of launch information - specs, pricing, etc).
Previous experience in consumer want and need identification, growth and product innovation, data and pricing analysis, technology trend analysis, consumer insights and consumer preference analysis, tradeoff and cost optimization analysis are highly sought after.
Other valuable skills include:• Demonstrated ability to formulate and defend opinions based on data and structured analysis• Demonstrated flexibility to adhere to needs of diverse audiences• Excellent communication skills; ability to facilitate meetings and develop relationships with internal departments
  • Public speaking skills important; as role serves as a spokesperson to both internal and external audiences
• Independently motivated with a strong desire to 'win' and achieve personal and team goals
Necessary Attributes:
A successful candidate should have an open mind, be both detail oriented, while retaining a view of the big picture. They should be passionate about the technology or consumer electronics industry. The candidate should be well grounded in terms of "roll up your sleeves" work, identifying practical solutions to complex problems, and following those issues through to closure. A successful candidate is grounded in numerical and data analysis, while understanding the dynamics of this rapidly changing market.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with all assigned levels within and outside the company.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments and projects.
  • Review detailed product development, marketing documents and media materials as needed.
  • Demonstrated competency in both oral and written communication modes for both internal and external personnel at various levels.
  • Work independently and in a team environment in order to achieve customer business objectives, personal and team goals and complete assignments within established time frames and specifications.
  • The ability to develop tasks and work assignments, based on sometime vaguely defined objectives.

Physical/Mental Demands and Working Conditions:
  • The position requires the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities in the following environment:
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment.
  • Operate a computer keyboard and view a video display terminal 50% of work time, including prolonged periods of time.
  • The movement and transportation of equipment, most of the time under 25 pounds.
  • Performs work under time schedules and stresses which are normally periodic or cyclical, including time sensitive job stress, fatigue, unpaid over-time, intellectual challenge, constant technical data feedback, language barriers, and business management stress.
  • Machines, tools, equipment, and work aids representative and commonly associated with PCs, printers, and office work areas.
  • Frequently works additional hours beyond normal schedule.
  • Under very little direct supervision with a high level of responsibility to apply general policies and guidelines where decisions are seldom monitored and consequences of decisions adversely affect operating results and management decisions. Complete access to confidential company data where disclosure may jeopardize the company's competitive position.

Behavioral & Leadership Competencies
    Drives action with humility, EQ, and an unwavering passion for performance and results
    Embodies and encourages intelligent creativity
    Navigates highly matrixed and complex organizations successfully as part of a team
    Builds and develops best-in-class teams built on trust, accountability and mutual respect for each other and the organization
    Inspires trust, confidence, and consensus across the organization by fostering relationships


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Samsung Electronics operates in the Hardware industry. The company is located in Bellevue, WA, Mountain View, CA, San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, Richardson, TX, Austin, TX and Ridgefield Park, NJ. Samsung Electronics was founded in 1969. It has 145454 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all jobs at Samsung Electronics, click here.
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