Manager - Design Planning


New Bremen, OH, US, 45869

Company Description:


Crown Equipment Corporation is one of the world’s largest material handling companies, with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown produces and sells a broad range of forklifts, batteries, chargers, automation and fleet management technologies that are revolutionizing the material-handling industry. More than 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Crown forklifts. With over 15,000 employees, 19 manufacturing facilities, and 500 retail locations across 84 countries, Crown has a vast global presence. Crown’s global headquarters is in New Bremen, Ohio USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore.


Job Responsibilities:


Crown is looking for a Design Planning Manager who can balance strategic thinking and a pragmatic approach to elevate Design Operations and lead Product Feature Naming and Branding.


As a Manager of Design Planning, you will be responsible for leading naming and branding projects that describe new products and anticipate the future. You will also focus on optimizing design operations, streamlining processes, and nurturing a vibrant, creative culture. The successful candidate will possess a strong creative streak, an eye for detail, and the ability to inspire others. Your excellent communication skills enable you to build cross-functional bridges, and you have an equal passion for creative and operational work.


As a Manager of Design Planning, your responsibilities will include:


  • Establish and monitor quarterly metrics for the Design department to empower data-driven decisions and drive continuous improvement
  • Manage multiple naming and branding projects concurrently while ensuring alignment with our Product Development Process
  • Champion the creative culture within the Design organization by focusing on onboarding, employee recognition, and support
  • Support Design Leadership to prioritize annual design strategy projects and advance key initiatives
  • Collaborate with Human Resources and Talent Development to enhance competency frameworks and employee development tools
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key universities and build a healthy recruiting pipeline
  • Evaluate and improve tools, processes, and facilities to streamline design operations and collaboration
  • Build and maintain lateral relationships within Design and across the company


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Onsite Work:  This position works fully onsite so a reasonable commute is necessary.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Design, Marketing, or other business-related
  • 5 or more years of related experience (salary will be commensurate with experience)
  • Excellent skills in writing and communication, project or program management, cross-functional collaboration, and leadership
  • Ability to frequently travel (6-20%) with occasional overnight stays (0-5%) and valid passport
  • Reliable transportation to travel locally between company locations during scheduled workday


Preferred Qualification:


  • Prior experience with or exposure to product management, product development, and branding and naming


Work Authorization:


Crown will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is not a position for which sponsorship will be provided. Individuals with temporary visas or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

No agency calls please.


Compensation and Benefits:


Crown offers an excellent wage and benefits package for full-time employees including Health/Dental/Vision/Prescription Drug Plan, Flexible Benefits Plan, 401K Retirement Savings Plan, Life and Disability Benefits, Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement, and much more.

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Nearest Major Market: Lima
Nearest Secondary Market: Findlay

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