Global Vice President Product Development RHH 201712
The Company

Our client is a leading global Tier One automotive supplier with just over 400 locations in 29 countries. They have 155,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to their customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.  A publicly listed company since 1961, our client is the most diversified automotive supplier in the world; designing, developing and manufacturing automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components for vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. This company strives to be the employer of choice; an ethical and responsible corporate citizen and a superior long-term investment for their shareholders.

The Challenge

The Global Vice President, Product Development reports to the Global President and is responsible for inspiring a team of professionals to achieve technical and commercial objectives.  He/she must provide thought leadership in product innovation, design, manufacturing and commercialization of specific product portfolios.  The Vice President must be a pragmatic strategist, proficient with information gathering and the analytics necessary to enable and lead product development that will support significant global growth.  This individual will be a strong communicator and collaborator to effectively lead global teams, colleagues and partners throughout the development cycle. 



Job Definition

Job Definition/Characteristics


  • Position reports to the Global President.
  • Clearly communicates and executes the vision to bring new, high quality, affordable and manufacturable products to market.
  • Consistently provides inspirational leadership to the five (5) Global Product Line Directors (direct reports) to achieve desired business growth.
  • Globally collaborates and strategizes across all functional groups to leverage expertise ensuring Product growth objectives.
  • Works hand in hand with global sales teams to support business development and technical discussions with customers.
  • Works closely with R&D to initiate, organize and prioritize future development in the areas of material science, modularity, joining technologies, surface finishes, electronics integration, etc.
  • Drives innovation and innovative thinking relative to materials, products and new technologies to reduce cost while ensuring value in core products and bringing new products to market.
  • Manages the team’s expertise for global regulatory objectives related primarily to fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Ensures product and validation processes are fully executed to prove out technologies so they are production ready at the required quality levels in advance of presenting to the market.
  • As a senior leader, must uphold & live the tenets of the company charter, quality policy & practices, high safety & environmental standards. Must understand and respect the laws and cultures of the countries in which the company conducts business.
  • Develops strong partnerships with OEM customers to support early engagement in the development cycle.
  • Strategizes with the Styling team to envision new concepts that will stimulate customer interest.
  • Responsible for relevant goal attainment on a global/regional basis.
  • Studies and understands global megatrends as a guide to the formulation of business development plans.
  • Supports corporate strategies that may lead to M&A opportunities.



  • Technical Management
  • Leader / Mentor
  • Multicultural Experience
  • Engineering Analytics
  • Commercial Development
  • Innovator

Background Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree minimum in a technical discipline.  Minimum 15 years of Automotive, Manufacturing, Design or Engineering work related experience.
  • 5+ years of management/leadership role. 
  • Strong planning, organizing and execution skills.
  • Ability to build and manage strong, collaborative working relationships and carry high credibility with Senior Leadership.
  • Must work effectively across borders, geographies, cultures and organizations.
  • Must deliver services in a way that enhances/maximizes profitability while ensuring the team delivers in a way that demonstrates the organization’s value and competitive advantage.
  • Sets short and long-term goals that are aligned to the corporation and delegates appropriately while maintaining a fully measurable set of standards and expectations.
  • Self-starter and a team player who will thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to find creative solutions and generate results in a dynamic market environment.
  • Treats everyone with dignity, trust and respect.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, emphasizing interpersonal, group presentation, and team facilitation skills suitable for all situations and diverse cultures.
  • 30% travel.


If you know of anyone who has these qualifications and is looking for a challenging career, please email:

William Weatherston
Lead Consultant

Todd Hohauser

Nicole Regula
Candidate Developer

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