Technology Portfolio Planner

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Technology Portfolio Planner
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

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IT Position at RIC Palo Alto with responsibility for both Business Planning and Technology planning. The business planning responsibilities include Business Reports, Metrics, financials, managing POs, headcount, coordinating meeting & visits, cross-location relationship management and assisting with communications/PR for the IT team. The technology management responsibilities include providing project management support, create/maintain team SharePoint sites, project reviews/documentation for senior management, assisting with compliance of IT processes, support business case/IP creation, and act as a liaison to other projects executed by non-IT teams.

Ford Motor Company is moving into a new phase of its 100+ years history, one in which software is at heart of its future. The automobile is being redefined as a networked computing platform upon which an ever-evolving set of applications is being designed, allowing us to create exciting new consumer experiences.

RIC Palo Alto is a research lab within Ford that is focused on advanced research/innovation in both automotive and mobility businesses. At RIC PA you will find co-located cross-functional teams from R&A, PD, Marketing, Design, and IT. Here you have an opportunity to create and/or test advanced Technology and/or break-through Business Innovation. Smart Mobility is the prevailing theme for the work being conducted at RIC PA.

The ideal candidate will be a “T” shaped individual with the vertical leg of the “T representing proven expertise in business & technology planning activities. The horizontal leg represents technical breadth as well as business acumen. The candidate needs to persevere in an unstructured & ambiguous environment. The candidate will contain a working knowledge of Ford IT analysis and development processes and tools. We collaborate extensively within Ford and with external partners, thus we require exceptional communication and collaborative skills.
This position is located at Ford’s RIC Palo Alto Campus in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto, CA.


  • Business Planning
    • Reporting & Managing Business Plan, Metrics, headcount control, and financials
    • Managing business processes like POs, disaster recovery, etc
    • Coordinating meetings & visits
    • Cross-location relationship management
    • Communications/PR for the IT team
  • Technology planning
    • Providing project management support and coordinating technology management project reviews as well as associated documentation
    • Creating/maintaining team SharePoint sites and other collaboration tools
    • Assisting with compliance of IT processes
    • Supporting business case/IP creation
    • Managing projects executed by non-IT teams in Palo Alto
Job Requirements:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5+ years exhibiting a Strong understanding of Business case development, interpreting business requirements and vendor engagement
  • 5+ years IT Software development processes & tools
  • 5+ years of cross-functional Project Management experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Technical expertise: Bridging the technology/Business gap, Technology Life Cycle, Design Thinking, and Technology Incubation/Strategy
  • Communication: Publications, IP filings, University/Supplier Interactions.
  • Understanding of Ford's Business Processes and Reporting and Technology Management Process
  • PMP certification
  • Passion for and understanding of complex technologies, supporting both automotive and mobility businesses.
  • Business environment knowledge of Product Development and Marketing, Sales & Service
  • Strong analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills; team-oriented
  • Maturity in dealing with all levels of business and IT management including Directors and senior management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills – able to clearly convey complex blends of business and technical matters to a range of audiences
The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.