Overview JM Family Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest, most innovative and diversified companies in the automotive industry. JM Family has been on Fortune Magazine's Best Companies to Work For for 20 consecutive years. What started with Jim Moran's passion for selling cars continues today with the dedication and hard work of every JM Family associate. Our principal businesses focus on vehicle distribution and processing, finance and insurance, retail vehicle sales, and dealer technology services. At JM Family, our mission is to be the premier provider of quality products and services. We accomplish this mission by adhering to our core values, the three C's, the I and the A: Consideration, Cooperation, Communication, Innovation, and Accountability.
JM Family is looking for a looking for a Strategic Business & Technology Innovation Lead to join our Automation & Innovation (A&I) Team. This position plays a critical role in delivering digital prototypes / products in response to enterprise business priorities. Advances technology innovation by delivering new thinking and transformative experiences to solve difficult and complex business challenge. Develops strategies and concepts for innovative digital solutions through delivery of prototyes to gain an understanding of how technologies will solve looming or current business challenges and opportunities. Collaborates in prioritizing technology and business project demand.
In this role, the individual will:
Leads complex, enterprise-wide projects to develop digital/technology insights, strategy and innovation recommendations for highest priority business initiatives.
Identifies and evaluates opportunities to prototype solutions; building financial business cases, strategic rationale and operational implications of the new opportunities.
Develops and champions innovation tools, methodologies, and approaches to cultivate ideas and opportunities that are more diverse, unique, drive quality and speed to market.
Deliver on key strategic projects utilizing the following capabilities:
Framing, structuring and scoping complex and ambiguous business challenges
Conducting business/financial analysis to quantify opportunities and identify scalability
Gathering insights and fact base to inform potential opportunities and solutions
Synthesizing trends, consumer insights, competitive performance, MI analytics
Facilitate and conduct ideation sessions
Developing concepts and customer value propositions
Creating recommendations that can be delivered at the Senior Executive level
Design and deliver of proof of concept prototypes in market
Researches and synthesizes external influences (macro-economic, consumer, competitive trends) with core business performance and stakeholder interests to identify new innovations that result in improved customer experience, revenue growth, strengthened competitive advantage.
Establishes a liaison relationship with leadership in key areas that are critical to developing successful new programs that impact multiple channels and functional areas. Network of internal partners is established to gain cross-functional leadership perspectives and drive collaboration. Functional areas may include:
Leverages assessment of technology portfolio gaps to develop new concept opportunities for future investments in technology or internal development.
Responsible for assessing the feasibility of development ideas and for collaborating with engineering team to determine design limitations and opportunities.
Manages R&D projects and prototype development
Leads concept and innovation brainstorming sessions
Develops or leverages new technologies for use in new designs
Develops or leverages new processes for use in new manufacturing lines and processes
Product Development on key strategic projects and initiatives
Investigates new technologies and processes that can be leveraged into new products
Contribute to technical project portfolio.
Seeks and develops relationships with broader business and IT teams in alignment with A&I team's area of interest. Authors or co-authors proposals for external funding when appropriate.
Generate technical reports and project progress reports as requested or required.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned
Master's Degree in Engineering, Computer Science etc.
5 years of business development, brand awareness, communications, and research & development experience
2+ years managing development teams.
Experience providing technical leadership.
Experience with some or all of the following technologies:
Microsoft SQL Server or other relational databases including stored procedures, views and triggers
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/2017, C#, ASP.NET
Web page design, Angular, React
Object Relational Mapping (OR/M), MVC, MEF, Unity Framework
Team Foundation Server, BitBucket, Git, Subversion or other source control product
Knowledge of the various services and capabilities of cloud computing platforms (AWS/Azure/GCP)
An understanding of CI/CD processes and tools like Jenkins or Bamboo is desirable
Knowledge of Docker containers and related orchestration technologies is desirable
Cloud Certifications a plus
8+ years of innovation, strategy, and/or technology design/product innovation/management experience including track record of:
Conception/designing/delivering consumer driven experiences
Delivering business results, preferably at divisional and enterprise levels
Balancing strategic and financial implication with new innovations
Experience evaluating business trends and developing and successfully implementing new business programs and strategies.
Passion about new technologies and identifying ways to leverage it to solve business problems
Strong analytical and conceptual skills, with a curious mind for troubleshooting and building software.
Detail-orientation with the ability to understand how each aspect interacts with the big picture.
A solid understanding of software development life cycle (SDLC) and programming fundamentals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to work with technical and non-technical staff.
Proven perseverance to carry a set of software deliverables from requirements to completion.
Understanding of Agile methodologies
A single-minded focus on deadlines and deliverables.
Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
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