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Cummins Inc. Product Planning Manager - Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies in Galesburg, Michigan

Product Planning Manager - Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies


Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies is a joint venture between Eaton and Cummins, Inc. producing industry-leading medium- and heavy-duty automated transmission products to OEM customers around the globe. Our business thrives with talent from diverse skillsets and backgrounds. Grow your career by joining this exceptional collaboration opportunity that embraces innovative thinking, compelling creativity, and customer-focus.

We are looking for a talented Product Planning Manager to join our team Galesburg, MI; Columbus or Indianapolis, IN or the greater Seattle, WA area.

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:

  • Manages market strategic development. Designs and implements market penetration plans and programs to accomplish business plans or organizational goals targeting business performance.

  • Lead development of product roadmap for global product or market segments.

  • Communicates and interacts with external customers and partners to develop product requirements to meet customer needs and fit with portfolio strategy.

  • Utilizes macro, market, or technology trends, to shape the long-term product plan.Collaborates with Market Segment teams and Account Managers utilizing Human-centered Design (HCD) principles to understand requirements and develop customer-led product plans.

  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current product to provide input for future product change.

  • Creates product road map in support of a specific market segment.

  • Supports Synchronized Business Planning (SBP) Product Review process as the owner of specific projects and market segments within the Master Project List (MPL).

  • Develops business case and leads Pre-program Planning (PPP) for specific larger-scale opportunities within the portfolio.

  • Develops value proposition for new products and articulates appropriate position within the portfolio.

  • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders.Participates in Product Planning Functional Excellence and best practice sharing within the business to drive continuous improvement.

  • Coaches and mentors cross-functional teams supporting Product Planning.

  • Drives cross-functional and cross-business unit alignment to the product plan.

  • Global travel required.


To be successful in this role you will need the following:

Global perspective - Taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.

Strategic mindset - Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

Manages complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

Financial acumen - Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.

Manages conflict - Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.

Manages ambiguity - Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

Articulating Value Proposition - Interprets internal and external customer needs based on relevant application; explains and demonstrates products, solutions, and services to distinguish strengths and weaknesses to meet customer's specific needs to differentiate against competition.

Deriving Market Insights - Researches and collects market and competitor's product data, trends, and positioning using a variety of primary and secondary sources; analyzes the information to develop strategic responses, propose projects and solutions, and appropriately allocate resources in order to maximize business value.

Deriving Product Needs - Distinguishes desirable market attributes by studying market insights and translating these into relevant product capabilities

Product Tradeoff Evaluation - Compares and contrasts the interplay of potential product features, regulatory and customer requirements, budget, and technical capabilities to evaluate and decide what can be offered to win in the market.

Prioritizing Market Opportunities - Collaborates with business stakeholders to define criteria and framework for ranking and achieving consensus on market opportunities.

Scenario Planning - Create alternate scenarios each including an assessment of variances to business or financial goals, strategy, vision, and capabilities to enable strategic decision making.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent degree in sales, marketing, technical or a related subject required.

MBA Preferred.


  • 7 years relevant work experience required.

  • Technical background preferred.

  • Previous product planning, strategy, or product management experience required.

  • Technical background desired, with a demonstrated ability to learn new product and technology fundamentals quickly.

  • Automotive or commercial powertrain experience preferred.

  • Experience throughout all new product development phases desired.

  • External customer facing experience desired.


Primary Location United States-Michigan-Kalamazoo-US, MI, Galesburg, Eaton Cummins JV

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Feb 22, 2021, 10:49:16 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 210000J1