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Lead Product Owner

Agoura Hills, California, United States

Job ID : J000624283

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The future is all about the software-defined vehicle. Like your computer, the vehicle is becoming a holistic computing platform capable of executing complex software programs. As part of our Software team, you’ll help us engineer, design and produce an entirely new and smarter architecture for tomorrow’s cars.

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Job Description


This position is part of our Advanced Safety & User Experience segment in San Francisco, CA. You will work on Aptiv's Software defined vehicle of tomorrow and to enable a more safer, greener and more connected future of mobility. 


At Aptiv we’re well aware of the impact our solutions have on the world’s leading Automotive Tier1. But we won’t rest until everybody knows. We’re seeking a qualified Lead Product Owner to extend our global reach through expert discovery and exploration of new and untapped business opportunities and relationships. Our ideal candidate will be trusted to dive right in, take the lead, use initiative, and help build billion-dollar business that help make everyday activities easier for people around the world. Highly skilled at sales and business operations, this person will join and inspire a team of like-minded go-getters to achieve our company vision.

As part of the production management team you are responsible for overseeing the development roadmap of our technology, from the development stage until it’s in the hands of customers. You will be responsible for the  product roadmap, organize product creation schedules, assess resource requirements, closely work with the product owners breaking down the product roadmap items into product owner capable use cases, negotiate budgets and timescales, communicate with corresponding marketing and sales teams, and manage the delivery of finished products. A qualified production leader can help any company deliver on their promises to investors and customers.

As the Lead Product Owner, you will play a key role in development of this group you will play the key role for the Aptiv SW product strategy. Adopting a strategic approach to break down barriers and enhance our customer relationships towards a software defined vehicle. You’ll build your network to customers and our technical leads with business view in mind and the intention to start and grow business and form the roadmap for the technology development.

To us nothing is impossible, you will have autonomy to explore your curiosity, having fun and celebrating success along the way. Reporting line will be to the Head of the team.


  • Member of the product management team worldwide. 

  • Responsible for the product roadmap, roadmap generation. 

  • Responsible for alignment of the roadmap with customers needs and partner/supplier management including business view and market needs. 

  • Responsible for market trend analysis using market research and customer feedbacks. 

  • Closely work with the product owners day by day breaking down the product roadmap items into product owner capable use cases.

  • Abstraction of concrete customer requirements towards general requirements with prioritization. 

  • Manage production schedule for on-time delivery.

  • Take an active role in team development & technology planning. 

  • Identify and address key concerns that may alter or impact on-time delivery. 

  • Manage shipping schedule for on-time delivery. 

  • Define the team’s specific objectives for the upcoming Project/Program Increment. 

  • Play an essential role in Sprint Team Demos as well as Project/Program Increment demos to ensure that it will show the most critical aspects of the solution to the stakeholders. 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage WIP report for development tracking 

  • Provide status reports to direct manager 

  • Drive daily development process through communication with global vendors, customers and the product owners in product development throughout product’s lifecycle 

  • Partner with internal teams to engineer products within cost parameter 

  • Track development milestones to meet set deadlines 

Must Haves (Basic Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • 4+ years experience within a production/product management capacity, preferable with SW / cloud related automotive development.

  • Experience in global sourcing, managing time and actions, and managing product cycle. 

  • Experience negotiating with multiple vendors to meet a specified budget. 

  • Proficiency with data analysis, forecasting, and budgeting. 

  • Proven ability to plan and manage resources and budget.

  • You have project management capabilities with proven track record supporting technology enhancements within a development environment to drive effectiveness & efficiency. 

Nice to Haves (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • 7+ years experience.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Knack for building strong relationships with vendors and customers.

  • Strong experience with automotive relevant SW architecture and SW skills.

  • Proficient in PC applications, especially MS Teams, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel. 

  • You are Curious:  Explore your curiosity, challenging the status quo. 

  • You are Strategic: Plan ahead adopting future intelligence to break down barriers.   

  • You are Innovative: Challenge us to think outside the box, creating solutions which will enhance our Talent Acquisition technology landscape. 

Aptiv Rewards and Advantages:

  • Competitive compensation with bonus potential

  • Learning and development opportunities

  • Discount programs with various manufacturers and retailers

  • Recognition for innovation and excellence

  • Opportunities to give back to the community

  • Meaningful work that makes a difference in the world

  • Relocation assistance may be available

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Parental leave, etc.)

About Advanced Safety & User Experience

Advanced Safety & User Experience encompasses our deep expertise in centralized computing platforms, advanced safety systems and automated driving, while acknowledging the growth in areas that enrich the in-vehicle experience.

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Diversity and Inclusion are sources of innovation and creativity, both of which are essential to Aptiv’s success. Everyday our diverse team comes together, drives innovation, pursues solutions, and meets challenges using their unique abilities, perspectives and talents, changing what tomorrow brings. When you join our team, you’ll get encouraged to think boldly, express your viewpoint and innovate as a matter of habit.

Some see technology. We see a way to make connections.

At Aptiv, we don’t just see the world differently; we work to change reality. That means developing technology that rewrites the rules of what’s possible in the pursuit of making transportation safer, greener and more connected. Today there are more than 180,000 of us globally, located in 44 countries, and united by one mission. Join the movement and together, let’s change tomorrow.

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