Lead Product Line Manager of Strategy

Irvine, CA, United States
Full Time
Main Location
United States
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Location: Irvine, United States of America

Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.


We are currently looking for a Lead Product Line Manager of Strategy to join the Thales Avionics, a subsidiary of Thales USA team in Irvine, CA. 

The Lead Product Line Manager of Strategy will develop, launch and manage the InFlyt360 solution throughout its entire product life cycle.  InFlyt360 is a digital platform with various applications, positioned as the key NextGen solution for Thales’ airline customers. 

Product Policy demands to build and validate a competitive strategy while managing and validating each major step of the Product Life Cycle in a homogenous and structured way. This requires a close cooperation among different functions and levels in the organization such as marketing, engineering, sales and bids, program management and finance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the Solution Business Plan
  • Responsible for the Solution strategy and roadmap – and ensure alignment with market and customer expectations as well as the allocated MYB budget
  • Manage priorities against budget
  • Responsible for the overall solution Value Proposition
  • Responsible for the bid strategy) incl customer facing during  sales process
  • Responsible for the Sales Collateral of the Solution (incl demo definition, etc.) with the support of the Marketing Team
  • Responsible for management of the Life Cycle of the various InFlyt360products’
  • Drive profitability by ensuring that the products will be developed  at the targeted costs and quality levels, by working closely with the Operations, Project Managers, Digital Competence Center and Engineering department
  • Formally accept Solutions from Engineering and Digital Competence Center teams (“PLM-FSAT”).  Manages relationship with Strategic Partners related to specific Services
  • Represent the business line in front of customers in bid and program reviews as needed, to contribute to Thales IFE’s growth and customer satisfaction
  • Contract with and maintain productive relationships with key suppliers and partners
  • Work productively and collaboratively within the Thales USA and the Thales Group context

Skills and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in business, engineering or computer science. At least 15 years of experience in an organization with significant scale and complexity, ideally with 5 years of Product Management experience in technology/internet companies.
  • Experience driving a product roadmap, leveraging data and analytics, to ensure sophisticated customer engagement
  • Experiences with businesses that rely on real-time data and analytics to make operational and commercial decisions.  Experience utilizing technology as a business enabler and value creator. 
  • Proven experience developing value-based pricing models, products and business models
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to persuade and excite executives, colleagues and customers on merits of our products and strategies.
  • Excellent financial and business acumen
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively while also managing the details and driving tactical execution
  • Ready to challenge the status-quo, and drive innovative ideas.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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