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Product Manager - R&D

We are people who want to make a difference.

Everything we do starts with people. It’s what makes us different from all other car companies. If you share our belief in the power of people and our passion for human-centric innovation, you will thrive together with brilliant, like-minded colleagues who are committed to making a true difference?


What We Can Offer

Our human-centric focus is what makes us different from all other car companies, and it’s at the heart of everything we create. Volvo Cars is on an ambitious journey to redefine the customer experience in automotive through digital technology.


Our vision is simple – creating the freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way – and the goals we’ve set up to support it are bold and ambitious. We’re building an organization full of creative, diverse and talented people working to build new, exciting digital products and services supporting those goals.


We have cross-functional product teams in Sunnyvale, Shanghai, Stockholm and Gothenburg who create digital consumer experiences spanning the Volvo Cars portfolio of brands. We’re looking for team members to join our organization who think about technology problems and opportunities in exciting and different ways – creative and enthusiastic thinkers who want to change the world with us here at Volvo.


Job Purpose

This Product Manager role sits within our Research and Development product organization, where we focus on proving the viability of potential products for Volvo globally. You will be working on innovative technologies, platforms, consumer facing products, and/or enterprise systems where you define how to develop and test a concept clearly and quickly.


In this role, you need a customer-first mindset, passion for innovation, and proven ability to deliver digital solutions. You must work well in a cross functional team environment and have a wide range of technical product experience from working with hardware, cloud, and mobile applications.


This role is based in our Sunnyvale, California location.


 What You Can Bring

  • Be responsible for setting short- and long-term strategies with far reaching impact for an entire R&D team
  • Engage closely with Engineering team to help determine the best technical implementation methods as well as a reasonable implementation schedule
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills in presenting strategies and features, pitching to leadership and gaining support across the company from teams in engineering, design, and R&D
  • Establish and monitor key product success metrics and analytics for your area
  • Communicate your teams’ vision and roadmap cross-functionally and be the spokesperson for your team
  • Drive the successful delivery of projects for your team, balancing priorities and resources in collaboration with the scrum master and program manager
  • Internal and external stakeholder and partner communication
  • Build a trusting, safe environment where team members feel empowered


Other Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of developing technical digital solutions
  • Proven track record of managing all aspects of a successful global consumer-facing product throughout its lifecycle, including experience managing both frontend UX and backend services
  • Deep understanding of cloud and mobile applications
  • Adept at ruthless prioritization in the face of competing priorities
  • Ability to take big ideas and turn them into a roadmap of features and research with minimal guidance
  • Strong leadership experience in aligning product strategy and execution efforts across large cross-functional groups, multiple locations, and time zones
  • Ability to travel internationally – 10-15% of the time
  • Experience in navigating and exerting influence in a non-hierarchical organization
  • Experience working in matrix environments and fast growth organizations



Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 


In the spirit of a human-centric environment, we strongly believe in the well-being of our employees as well as their families. There are generous health and wellness programs that begin day-one with the company as well as a wide variety of other benefit programs including a comprehensive 401(k), potential for retention & company bonuses, and an opportunity to be a brand ambassador through our car incentive programs! Furthermore, in an effort to build the workday around our employees, we also offer remote flexibility working options. Lastly, to build on our commitment for equal parenting roles for all genders, we recently launched a new parental leave policy which offers up to 24 weeks of leave at 80% of base pay.

Most importantly, Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.



Sunnyvale, CA, US

Job requisition ID:  52895

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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