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Director, Product Planning, Smartphone

Samsung Electronics Perú

This is a Full-time position in Plano, TX posted June 7, 2021.

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Position Summary

For decades, Samsung has been leading the charge on innovation. We see beauty in achieving excellence and our passion for change fuels our discoveries, inventions, and breakthrough technology. We believe that technology can, and should, make the world a better place, so we create new possibilities for people everywhere, push the limits of what’s possible, and constantly innovate.

At Samsung Electronics America, we take pride in the creativity and diversity of our talented people – they are at the forefront of everything we do. Their skillset and mindset drive our continued success. Only the resilient and resourceful thrive in the daily dose of unexpected at Samsung. We unapologetically push to achieve unforeseen potential in everything we do, both within the workplace and at home. We fearlessly face challenges head-on, conquer the unconquerable, and are comfortable living in the uncomfortable zone. Together we make the impossible possible.

Because at Samsung, we Own the Unknown.

Are you ready to #OwnTheUnknown? Join us.

This role will be part of the US smartphone product planning group and tasked to drive product vision and strategy for advanced planning work for the US market. In addition, the individual will support the US-based SEA mobile team (Product Business and Strategy Team), carriers & retail accounts, mobile marketing and Korea-based mobile product planning & strategy organization.

As Director, Product Planning, you will lead the upcoming smartphone product planning and development to drive a higher market share and installment. Our flagship smartphone is our core product offerings. You will help grow our market further by setting up future flagship portfolios and differentiated features of flagship products in the competitive market.

You will be responsible for leading the market narrative and competitor sensing to propose the early hypothesis of the portfolio roadmap to our executive teams and daily working partners in the Korea-based product planning team. In addition, you will be responsible for leading the horizontal, cross-product teams in the US and Korea to ensure alignment and execution, owning product and insight development from ideation through commercial launch, while working with other product planners and product managers
Through your leadership, you will leverage your technical and market expertise to identify opportunities across the product area with a keen focus on product innovation, driving product strategy, and execution.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Define upcoming product vision and strategy for US Flagship smartphone, analyzing industry trends to drive innovation, designing and leading a multi-year roadmap, balancing short and long-term goals of US mobile business objective
  • Own cross-functional product development process with HQ product planning team from product inception to development investment approval
  • Drive and own robust sensing of the market, product, and consumers/customers, with analytic approach and insight development
  • Partner closely Korea based product planning & strategy team, R&D and other US task holders to drive product and sell-out success
  • Attract, develop and retain a high performing team of product planners

Job Requirements:

  • Requires BA Degree plus a minimum of 15 years relevant field experience in mobile product, product development, product engineering, or strategy/innovation consulting
  • Advanced Technical degree or MBA is a plus
  • Experience leading and motivating teams towards business goals
  • Experience working in a mobile or technology setting, bringing both demonstrated expertise in product development, competitive sensing and analysis, and technology market tracking
  • Narrative and storytelling experiences that propel usage, adoption and market momentum
  • Ability to use a combined creative and analytical approach to technical and business issue
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate with both technical and business expert

Skills and Qualifications

Necessary Skills & Attributes:

  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with all assigned levels within and outside the company.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments and projects.
  • Review detailed product development, marketing documents and media materials as needed.
  • Demonstrated competency in both oral and written communication modes for both internal and external personnel at various levels.
  • Work independently and in a team environment in order to achieve customer business objectives, personal and team goals and complete assignments within established time frames and specifications. 
  • The ability to develop tasks and work assignments, based on sometime vaguely defined objectives.

Physical/Mental Demands and Working Conditions:

  • The position requires the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities in the following environment:
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment.
  • Operate a computer keyboard and view a video display terminal 50% of work time, including prolonged periods of time. 
  • The movement and transportation of equipment, most of the time under 25 pounds.
  • Performs work under time schedules and stresses which are normally periodic or cyclical, including time sensitive job stress, fatigue, unpaid over-time, intellectual challenge, constant technical data feedback, language barriers, and business management stress.
  • Machines, tools, equipment, and work aids representative and commonly associated with PCs, printers, and office work areas.
  • Frequently works additional hours beyond normal schedule.
  • Under very little direct supervision with a high level of responsibility to apply general policies and guidelines where decisions are seldom monitored and consequences of decisions adversely affect operating results and management decisions. Complete access to confidential company data where disclosure may jeopardize the company’s competitive position. 


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Samsung Electronics is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, and network systems, and the entire semiconductor industry with our memory, system LSI, foundry, and LED solutions. Samsung is also leading in the development of the Internet of Things through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives.

Since being established in 1969, Samsung Electronics has grown into one of the world’s leading technology companies, and become recognized as one of the top global brands. Our network now extends across the world, and Samsung takes great pride in the creativity and diversity of its talented people, who drive our growth. To discover more, please visit our official newsroom at ( ).

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