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Requirements

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

Description

This role is embedded in MBRDNA’s Open Innovation team which actively identifies and productizes new innovations into the Mercedes-Benz car portfolio by partnering with early stage companies on joint product developments. The successful candidate will join a vibrant environment at the heart of automotive innovation. Main tasks will be:
- Partner with business unit leaders on strategy development, including identifying product gaps, evaluating cooperation options, and collaborating on target selection criteria
- Work alongside development teams to productize innovations in partnership with early to late stage high-tech companies
- Develop engagement models for early to late stage high-tech companies for Mercedes-Benz
- Assess product and company fitness for long-term strategic partnership
- Ideate, Plan and Execute proof of concepts with internal and external engineering and design teams
- Develop a comprehensive product and marketing roadmap to deliver on business goals
- Clearly communicate product benefits to our users and internal stakeholders
- Develop network of industry contacts, venture capital firms, and advisory executives to bring knowledge of market trends and opportunities to bear on strategic discussions
- Supporting the cooperation & innovation management process for MBRDNA.
- Responsibilities include screening, selection and evaluation of possible external cooperation partners located in North America leading to proof of concept (POC) and cooperation agreements together with departments
- Pro-active scouting for start-ups and innovative technology in North America , and benchmarking technology against other solutions, in close collaboration & alignment with international R&D network, globally
- Identifying technology and innovation trends for R&D departments, and taking part in strategic decision-making for adopting open innovation solutions by R&D departments.
- Supporting RD/IM and MBRDNA management team in various activities, including hosting of delegations.
- Ensure implementation and compliance with applicable business processes, accounting entries, reporting and documentation requirements; continuous documentation along Innovation Management Cycle in CIMme.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

Generate regular project reports and present status to MBRDNA and Daimler/RD management.
Manage relationships with partners critical to technical program success. 
Identify new projects we could drive together with our partners and initiate them with our business units within R&D.
Create a strategy and a roadmap what we want to achieve with our partners including milestones, deliverables and ensure our partners and business units deliver on time.
Develop viable and scalable business models with the cooperation partners.
Establish frequent communication and information exchange to leading organizations in order to identify leading innovations and/ or talent opportunities for Daimler.
Establish a strong communication for collaboration and knowledge transfer between MBRDNA and Daimler R&D centers in Germany and globally.
Establish own methods and evaluation criteria to assess and monitor cooperation and / or participations in companies.
Active support in negotiations of innovation and cooperation projects as well as execution and evaluation of strategic, commercial and technical tasks therein.
Formation and advancement of resulting cooperation and/or participation structures as well as their integration in / interaction with Daimler.       
Establish frequent communication and information exchange to leading organizations in order to identify leading innovations and/ or talent opportunities for Daimler.   
Establish own methods and evaluation criteria to assess and monitor cooperation and / or participations in companies.
Support on cooperation cross-functional tasks:
Development and establishment of cooperation / portfolio and tracking tools for RD/IM as well as template for cooperation in R&D in general

This role is embedded in MBRDNA’s Open Innovation team which actively identifies and productizes new innovations into the Mercedes-Benz car portfolio by partnering with early stage companies on joint product developments. The successful candidate will join a vibrant environment at the heart of automotive innovation. Main tasks will be:
- Partner with business unit leaders on strategy development, including identifying product gaps, evaluating cooperation options, and collaborating 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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