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Sr. Product Manager

Date:  Jul 16, 2021
Country/Region:  US
City:  Stow OH
Job Requisition:  34828

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels designs, develops and distributes specialty tires for the street, strip, track, and off-road markets. Since its founding in 1963, the company has championed many firsts in the tire industry, from wide low-profile street tires to rugged, aggressive-tread off-road tires. Designing and producing innovative tread patterns and compounds to build the best performance tires in the world was our focus then, and is still our focus today. Our commitment and dedication to racing began with Mickey Thompson and Gene McMannis. Mickey, an innovative race car driver, designer, and promoter, held 485 National and International speed and endurance records. Gene McMannis' racing accomplishments included designing and developing tires for the Pan American Road Race, Daytona, LeMans, Indy 500, and Bonneville Salt Flats. The list of innovations from Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has grown along with the company itself, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in 2003. The company's continuing passion for innovative product design has helped to grow Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels into an industry leader with a network of thousands of dealers worldwide.


Title: Sr. Product Manager

Department: Product Management

Responsible to: Director of Product Management


Job Summary

Leads the Competition and Specialty Tire Segment strategy including identifying the need/opportunity, product positioning, development, and go-to-market initiatives that delivers on company growth and margin targets. Responsible for identifying new motorsports and niche market segments discovering opportunities to grow the business. Willingness and ability to present opportunities and go-to market proposals to senior leadership and work with cross functional teams to implement product line strategies and manage product portfolio life cycles.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the management and growth of the product portfolio
  • Works closely with motorsports team to understand market drivers and customer needs
  • Develop metrics to measure success, establish goals and discover opportunities for growth in areas of responsibility
  • Develops and executes strategic marketing plans for product including but not limited to:
    • Identifies Consumer and Customer needs leading to new product / market opportunities from being entrenched in competition and specialty tire segments
    • Creates and executes segment strategy driving growth and improved margins
      • Develops and maintains 10 Year Product Roadmap
      • Provides consumer and market insights to the Technology team to assist with the development of innovative technologies for future growth
    • Works product opportunities through cross functional teams and the Gate process focusing on:
      • Alignment to strategy
      • Market and competitor assessment
      • Consumer research
      • Product performance definition
      • Technical alignment
      • Cost analysis
      • Financial business case
      • Risk assessment
      • Quality improvements
      • Fit in the supply / operations organization
      • Cost reduction
      • Purchasing optimization
      • Commercialization partnership with Operations, Advertising, and Sales
      • Supports Sales organization with customer visits and training
  • Owns segment product life cycle from product development, maintenance of current portfolio, and retirement of older products
    • Defines product positioning, features/benefits, and naming
    • Understands and guides product development to achieve desired product features
    • Works closely with cross functional teams to develop pricing for all new product added to portfolio
    • Supports Sales through training, meetings, and product literature
    • Supports customer relationships including customer visits
    • Proactively identifies and overcomes business issues by working collaboratively with key operational functions


Required experience & education 

  • Significant experience with motorsports required
  • High degree of technical/mechanical aptitude
  • Seven plus years’ experience in marketing, product management, engineering, or related field
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25% of the time (Post COVID)


Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field preferred
  • Experience in product portfolio management OR experience in tire product development
  • Experience developing metrics to measure success and opportunity for growth
  • Strategic planning experience



Mickey Thompson is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop and retain top candidates by providing an engaging culture and opportunities to grow and develop. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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