Product Manager

Phoenix, Arizona


The Product Manager, Truck will be responsible for helping to define and communicate the strategic path of both current and future Nikola Motor Truck products. This role will define the future path of truck products through the development cycle and work with Marketing, Engineering, Operations and Senior Management on delivering Nikola Truck products with the right feature sets, on time and on plan. The Product Manager, Truck will understand and meet customer needs by managing truck features and functions in current and future truck products. The position will have overall vehicle responsibility with emphasis on truck electrical support and electronics. The position provides end-to-end management support for truck products requiring long-term tracking and management.

Our ideal candidate has strong technical proficiency as well as excellent communication and analytical skills. A combination of strategic thinking and the ability to manage day-to-day execution of gathering requirements, team collaboration, tactical delivery and post-delivery analytics is desired.


  • Define product feature strategy and product road maps with clear objectives and long-term vision
  • Completes a comprehensive assessment of market offerings, product gaps and client needs
  • Create and owns the Nikola Product Definition List (PDL)
  • Determine clear prioritization of features and functionality based upon a solid understanding of constraints, dependencies, costs, resources and customer benefits
  • Develop plan for implementation timing of products/features on the PDL
  • Manages the coordination and analysis of market research to understand customer behavior, product satisfaction, and emerging opportunities
  • Analyzes appropriate ROI and related financial analysis of products. Identifies product enhancements to balance a favorable return on investment with customer needs
  • Engages in customer-facing activities such as customer conferences, customer visits and trade shows
  • Formulates, documents, and communicates tactical, actionable requirements for product development
  • Suggests partnerships for products
  • Collaborates with various departments to ensure product delivery and quality goals are achieved and maintained
  • Collaborate with Marketing on product positioning, packaging, competitive landscape, core customer requirements
  • Act as point of communication for product expertise, requirements and roadmap validation with engineering, QA and business teams
  • Lead internal teams on current and future product roadmap and how it has been customer validated
  • Obtain stakeholder approval of PDL features, timing and cost
  • Perform all other duties assigned.


  • BS minimum, MS/MBA strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of Product Management experience, leading teams using multiple methodologies
  • 2-5 years of experience with commercial vehicle electrical and electronics. Vehicle connectivity experience a plus.
  • Experience in and deep understanding of the automotive and/or truck manufacturing
  • Experience defining product feature strategy and product road maps with clear objectives and long-term vision
  • Capability to develop and execute product roadmaps and requirements
  • Working experience with modern agile development methodologies and practices
  • Well developed, executive-level critical thinking and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Highly collaborative
  • Ability to communicate clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences, verbal and written
  • Strong cross-functional leadership skills, including coaching, team building, empowerment
  • Ability to work well under pressure and at a rapid pace

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.

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