Product Director, Vehicle Search

We’re Hearst Autos and we are going to change the way consumers buy automobiles. With a recognized brand – Car and Driver – and the best editorial team in the automotive industry – we’re cutting a new path! We are looking for entrepreneurial-minded thought leaders across many disciplines. And, we mean business.

The Product Director, Vehicle Search serves as a thought leader and evangelist for all of our dealer product offerings.  You will own the roadmap from concept through end of life.  You should want to have many varied responsibilities – you will work side-by-side with UX and Technology teams, go on sales calls, meet with clients, coach and develop team members.

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING

  • Dialed into how consumer shopping behaviors are evolving. How do people want to find their next car? How do they want to engage with the seller? When? What channel/device?

  • Full understanding of the vehicle ecosystem. How does vehicle information move through the system? How are vins collected and distributed?

  • Design the roadmap strategy. How will we win? Where are our gaps? What’s best for the bottom line?

  • Own the go-to-market strategy. What is the product packaging? How do we sell increased engagement?

  • Be a leader. Do you have a following? What is your vision? How do we achieve it?  How do we share accomplishments?

  • Be good with numbers. Define and Manage KPIs: financial, operational, customer behavioral. Can you build a rock-solid business plan? Are we making progress? Are the stakeholders smiling?

  • Keep a pulse on the market. What are the market trends? What is the competition doing? How do we drive prioritization and innovation? Which white papers should we publish?

  • Love to be on stage? You will give awesome presentations, demos and pitches to clients and stakeholders.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Deep knowledge of auto dealer products, auto dealer technology, and media platforms.

  • A demonstrated track record of successfully defining product roadmaps and ensuring their delivery.

  • Ability to translate market needs to a broad audience to drive the delivery of your plan.

  • Ability to speak with Consumers, Customers, Sales and IT and understand what they are saying, and that they will understand you.

  • Superb business savvy, strong negotiation skills and excellent communication.

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and diagnostic skills. You can make sense of DFP, GA and Omniture.

  • Comfortable with collaboration tools. Trello? Hipchat? Slack? Yes, please.

  • A roll-up-the-sleeves get-it-done self-directed mindset. Entrepreneurs welcome.

  • Automotive experience is a must.

WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE

  • BA/BS required, in Marketing or related technical degree desired; MBA preferred

  • 7+ years of proven experience in the development/ launching of products/services

  • Extensive understanding of business

  • Mix of technology (engineering, product management) and business (consulting, product marketing, sales, and channel) background is ideal

  • Excellent instincts, strong business acumen, team leadership skills and experience to bring together diverse views

  • Expert knowledge of product development life cycle (relevant experience in all phases).

  • Previous management/leadership experience required

  • Up to 30% Travel

WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM US

  • A fun and collaborative environment with driven team members.

  • Exciting projects that allow you to work on, and learn, new technologies.

  • Work for an employee focused company that is building a great culture.

  • Competitive salaries, 401k, great benefits, and much more.


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