Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Sunnyvale


Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) continuously strives
to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. The
company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with key areas of
Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience,
Machine Learning, Costumer Research, and Business Innovation.

Here at MBRDNA, we are looking for talented, energetic, and committed
individuals to join our diverse team. Our employees are key to our success and
we support each individual in fulfilling his or her potential.

This Partnership Project Manager role is embedded in the Digital Partnerships
team, which is part of MBRDNA’s Open Innovation department. The department
actively identifies and productizes new innovations into Mercedes-Benz cars
portfolio by partnering with early stage companies on joint product
development. The successful candidate will join a vibrant environment at the
heart of automotive innovation.

The role will place significant emphasis on the use of open innovation to
advance commercialization of new technology in order to deliver breakthrough
solutions to Daimler AG. The new candidate will lead the technology
partnership scouting initiatives within the Open Innovation Team. Moreover,
this role will serve as key account for internal as well as external MBRDNA
stakeholders related to technology partnership sourcing. Thus, the successful
candidate will collect and manage the status of the entire range of scouting
efforts within MBRDNA.

The Partnership Project Manager will be on the forefront of innovation as
connector between innovative companies, Venture Capitalist eco-system,
incubators in Seattle and Silicon Valley area as well as our R&D units and
digital hubs worldwide.


Key Tasks
& Responsibilities

The Partnership
Project Manager will lead exploration and validation of new business
opportunities by leveraging the Silicon Valley and Seattle ecosystem. The role
is dynamic and works across a wide range of business functions.
Trend & Early stage company scouting (20 %)
Driving innovation initiatives in the area of CASE, which means specifically in
technologies like AI, Autonomous Driving, Cloud Computing,Entertainment, Shared
Services, and Electric Vehicles.

Pro-active sourcing of start-ups and innovative technologies in North America,
benchmarking technology against other solutions, in close collaboration &
alignment with international R&D network.

Perform rapid market research on new technology trends and emerging US partner
Explore and validate opportunities for new product / service development,
balancing customer needs and business priorities.

Work alongside development teams to productize innovations in partnerships with
early to late stage high-tech companies.

Ideate, Plan and Execute proof of concepts with internal and external
engineering and design team.
Scouting key account & project management (60%)

Serve as key account for all aspects of project management regarding sourcing
of early stage companies within MBRDNA in close collaboration with all other scouting
activities (scope, milestones, schedule development, relationship management
with all stakeholders).

Initial ownership of technical partnerships to define strategy, schedule budget
and be accountable to internal and extneral stakeholders in initial project phase

Key interface to startups to guide and connect them with relevant partners at

Foster relationship between external technology providers and appropriate
product development teams within R&D.

Establish holistic and standardized scouting process to assess product and
company fit for long-term strategic partnership in a standardized way.

Implement tools and data bases to holistically manage entire range of scouting
efforts within MBRDNA.

Manage KPIs – including setting targets, collecting and analyzing data,
reporting to management.

Work closely with Daimler AG/RD functions to enhance existing product and
service innovation roadmap.

Generate regular project reports and present status to MBRDNA and Daimler/RD
VC & Accelerator Partnership management (20%)
Build and maintain strong relationships with key opinion leaders in targeted
search fields.

Develop network of industry contacts, venture capital firms, accelerators, and
advisory executives to bring knowledge of market trends and opportunities to bear on

About the company

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.

The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate. Daimler consequently invests in the development of alternative drive trains with the long-term goal of emission-free driving: from hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles powered by battery or fuel cell. Furthermore, the company follows a consistent path towards accident-free driving and intelligent connectivity all the way to autonomous driving. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

The brand portfolio of Daimler comprises Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes me, smart, EQ, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra, Thomas Built Buses as well as Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel, car2go and mytaxi.

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