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Director, Product Group - Dampers 

LOCATION: Avon / Ohio (US-OH), United States | BRAND: Bendix | REQUISITION ID: 1499 | JOB GRADE: 19 


Want to help shape tomorrow?  At Bendix we’ve been doing it for 90 years…setting the standard with advanced dynamic solutions that drive improved commercial vehicle performance and safety.  We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today!



Position Summary:

This position is responsible for developing and implementing regional product and customer strategies for the Damper Product Group.  The position has commercial responsibilities relative to product changes, pricing, cost control, Capital planning, profitability, and contract review at a regional level.  Accountable for the planning, budgeting, and forecasting for the regional product group.   The position must manage in alignment with other product groups and regions.


Essential Functions:

  • Develops regional product segment roadmap & strategy in line with global product & customer strategies (Drives regional projects & Initiatives)
  • Conducts continuous assessment of market shares and competitor landscape
  • Translates regional customer requirements into regional and global product roadmap
  • Manages region-specific product adjustments together with global R&D sitting in region
  • Defines regional value proposition and commercialization of product group portfolio in all sales channels (incl. pricing) together with R&D, global/regional account teams and Technical Sales
  • Partners with global and regional sales teams to execute customer product strategies reflecting regional requirements.
  • Verifies existing/planned product portfolio vs. market requirements with roadmap
  • Prepares regional business cases; outlining resources, capex, timing, and budget needed to deliver products fully to the market.
  • Responsible for regional financial performance (Profit/Loss), regional costs (HK1) and respective regional Business Cases
  • Feeds Business Case inputs towards global product group leadership.
  • Provides regional product group input on STRAP (Strategic Plan)
  • Plans and steers portfolio projects in terms of time, cost, and quality
  • Monitors & curates Product Group priority (work packages) and addresses barriers/ removes impediments.
  • Performs pre-gate review with staff and ensures gate review adherence per plan
  • Identifies, monitors, and reports project risks/ project target deviations.  Plans and directs countermeasures (initiates escalation measures if required)
  • Executes regional Intellectual Property portfolio, ensuring patent strategy application
  • Aligns with Operations, Quality, Sales, Warranty, as needed to further the Damper strategic plan.


Product Line Essential Functions:

  • Sets a strategic vision for the Product Group
  • Creates a single, prioritized backlog of value to within the product group
  • Monitors customer product feedback, as well as product feedback from the CoC Meta Scrum, and adjusts the backlog accordingly.







  • In-depth knowledge of vehicle dynamics and controls.
  • Ideal candidate will be familiar with product development and manufacturing processes used to produce Mechanical & electrical components.
  • In-depth understanding of Bendix business processes.
  • In-depth understanding of the trucking industry – its customers, manufacturers, associations, and regulatory issues.
  • Familiar with the opportunities, challenges, and impacts that e-mobility & automated driving are placing on the trucking industry
  • Knowledge of agile practices and application a plus



  • Minimum of 7 -10 years’ experience, preferably in engineering or program management with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience in the heavy-duty truck, bus and/or automotive market.
  • Experience in electronic controls and/or pneumatic vehicle braking systems is a plus.



  • Leads teams to drive new projects & programs in anticipation of business needs.
  • Candidate must have excellent strategic skills & have demonstrated these skills in previous jobs.
  • Globally capable – Must be comfortable working with and leading colleagues and customers in all regions as required.  Able to adapt to the diversity and challenges of local and global working teams.
  • Possesses the skills to succeed in a hybrid matrix organization.
  • Strong business management (financial and portfolio analysis) and negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and, oral communication skills in a cross-functional, team environment.
  • Able to work independently & prioritize time/resources/ goals.
  • Challenges and formulates new processes and strategic thinking and leads the development of new core processes and products to enhance Product Group business performance.
  • Able to identify customer needs and builds relationships with key OE and Fleet customers.
  • Influences and motivates others, provides direction, removes impediments, leads high impact teams.




  • B.S./B.A. degree in Engineering or a Business-related field required.  Masters or MBA preferred.
  • Greenbelt certified preferred.


Position Requirements: The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

What does Bendix have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Telework policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron