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Purpose Built Vehicles Assistant Manager (M/F/D)

at Kia Italia in Milan, Italy


Kia is, together with its sister brand Hyundai, the fifth-largest automotive company in the world. Since its foundation in 1944, Kia has been a significant player in the booming automotive industry, not only in South Korea but worldwide. People drive KIA cars in about 180 countries.

At Kia, the best and brightest employees contribute their different perspectives and knowledge to innovative and creative mobility solutions. The company fully supports its workers through policies that outline clear goals that include a free and creative working environment. We offer all-out support to realize a creative corporate culture, one in which people can lead a happy work-life balance.


Reporting to the Product Planning Manager, the Purpose Built Vehicles Assistant Manager will support Product Planning team in preparation of Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV) launches. S/he will be responsible for the development and execution of the marketing strategy for PBVs. S/he will be involved in new products launch, contributing to the development of the new Launch Plan, and cooperating with the rest of the team to ensure the cross-functional implementation of the plan.

S/he will be in charge of competitors' analysis, pricing and competitiveness, product standard and local configuration to catch new business opportunities, building a new network of suppliers.

Moreover, S/he will be in charge of managing in-life product performance, as well as the product improvement life cycle, from strategic planning to tactical activities.



Your Mission: 

  • New PBV business area development, defining milestones and finding stakeholders in the market to work and develop new local processes

  • New products launch, contributing to the development of the PBV Launch Plan, and cooperating with the rest of the Product Team to ensure the cross-functional implementation of the plan

  • Collection and analysis of the information coming from HQ and internal processes related to PBVs

  • Management of leverages results coming from research and analytics to determine new opportunities for improvement by analyzing industry trends, identifying gaps, and proposing ideas on actions to address those gaps

  • Management of third parties to collaborate with Kia for local transformations (with focus on competitiveness, offers, opportunities, etc.)

  • Support in pricing policy - in terms of price list adjusted, collecting and analyzing data on costs and competitive scenario. Assessment of profitability and issuance of price lists

  • Product positioning and messaging - to differentiate our products in the market by line-up and pricing strategy, according to competitiveness analysis and customer expectations

  • Advertising - to focus on model Unique Selling Points and to create coherent message for customers, supporting the production of communication assets

  • Ordering process - to ensure ordering are managed in coherence with line-up strategy and economics results

  • Responsible to manage in-life product performance, as well as the product improvement life cycle, from strategic planning to tactical activities

  • Operational activities: product codes creation, system set-up, pricing simulations, etc.

Your Talents:

  • University degree, preferably Economics or Engineering

  • The ideal candidate has experience in Light Commercial Vehicles or Automotive industry

  • Italian: fluent, spoken and written

  • English: fluent, spoken and written

  • MS-office proficient, with excellent Excel and PPT skills


The ideal candidate is passionate about cars and/or Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), with a consistent analytic background, very precise, proactive and with an enquiring attitude.

S/he shows a desire to improve the status quo with a positive “can do” attitude and enthusiasm for the automotive market.

Strongly goal-oriented, s/he has team working, communication, public speaking, reliability and organizational skills with good negotiation ability.


Contractual grade: First Level CCNL or above.


The offer is addressed to people of both genders in compliance with Legislative Decree n. 198/2006.

The interested candidates should send a detailed resume providing explicit authorisation of Personal Data Treatment (GDPR - Regulation EU 679/2016). We also recommend to mention whether a work permit/visa to live and work in the country of recruitment is required.

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