Product Director

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Company Overview

At Motorola Solutions, we create technologies our customers refer to as their lifeline. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services help our customers work safely and more efficiently. Whether it’s helping firefighters see through smoke, enabling police officers to see around street corners, or reliably keeping the lights on in homes and businesses around the world, our work supports those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions, and help us usher in a new era in public safety and security.


Department Overview
Motorola Solutions is looking for a dynamic Product Director responsible for developing and maintaining a big-picture vision and roadmap that supports the Company’s strategic goals for MSI’s P25 Infrastructure products targeted at the public safety market. Validate and develop ideas based on industry experience and contact with customers and stakeholders. Must possess a blend of business and technical skills. Must enjoy spending time in the market to understand the customers’ needs, and be able to provide direction and priorities to development engineering teams. This team has end-to-end ownership of the product definition, planning, delivery and sunset of the entire product portfolio. The team manages strategies across cross-functional teams including engineering, sales, marketing, supply chain, services, field/SI engineering, and senior management for the definition and on time delivery of new products.
Job Description

Directs a comprehensive product strategy from product conception and definition through end of life. Functions as a central resource with design, manufacturing, quality, test, marketing and distribution as the product(s) move through their lifecycle. Directs those involved in the definition, modification and evaluation of all phases of a specific product or group of products. Formulates and executes long-term plans for cost/profit control. Promotes use of new technologies and industry-leading trends. Coaches and develops personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

The product director analyzes market and competitive conditions and lays out a product vision that is differentiated and delivers unique value based on customer demands. The product director manages a team of product managers responsible for:

Product Strategy

The team is responsible for setting a product vision and strategy. The job is to clearly articulate the business value to the product team so they understand the intent behind the new product or product release. They own the strategy behind the product along with its roadmap and must work with development to define, prioritize and build what matters.

• Create and manage the product portfolio, roadmap, vision and backlog

• Identify customer needs and market requirements

• Evaluate competitive intelligence

• Define financial goals

• Create business plans and proposals for new initiatives

• Strategic partner and third party supplier management

Product Releases

The team must plan for what their teams will deliver and when they will deliver it. The team owns the HW and SW release aspects of the product. Release responsibilities include managing HW and SW features and dependencies in and across releases, product and support teams; and managing releases with phases and milestones.

• Establish vision and goals for releases

• Define market offer and structure

• Work with enablement organizations to make products orderable and deliverable

• Define and support implementation of training, support and deployment requirements

• Manage risks and resolve issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality

• Coordinate overall release project and schedule

Product Visioning

Collecting, curating, and promoting the most relevant ideas into features. Defining which ideas should be promoted to features to achieve key objectives for the product line and business. Soliciting feedback and requests from customers and field teams and ensuring this is seamlessly integrated into the product planning and development processes.

• Gather customer and sales feedback

• Gather voice of customer input

Feature Definition

The team defines the features and requirements necessary to deliver a complete product to market and lead the product team to success. They are responsible for articulating the ‘why’ and ‘what’, working with go to market to determine the ‘where’, and working with development to determine the ‘when’.

• Create user stories and scenarios

• Direct and approve UI/UX activities

• Define acceptance criteria, KPIs and SLAs

Go-to-market Support

Responsible for making product decisions and often is the lead resource for the rest of the organization when deep product expertise is required. This includes supporting the organizations that help bring the product to market and work directly with customers including marketing, sales, training and support services.

• Facilitate sales training

• Assist pre-sales with custom project requests

• Define and ensure implementation of GTM assets including demo environments, training materials, and presentations

• Demonstrate new pre-release features

Additional Qualified Skills

• Masters of Business Administration or equivalent experience a plus

• Strong executive level communication and presentation skills


Basic Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, electrical engineering or relevant engineering discipline.

• 10+ plus years of experience with direct exposure to product management, strategy, product development, or field engineering.

• Previous experience in Public Safety market products


Travel Requirements

Relocation Provided

Position Type

Referral Payment Plan
No


EEO Statement

Motorola Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or, any other protected characteristic.

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Located in the West Loop, one block from Ogilvie Train Station and Union Train Station. The office is also close to multiple CTA stops.

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Our remote work program includes telecommuting at Manager discretion.
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