Sr. Project Manager, Gen Proj/Prog Mgmt

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Palo Alto, CA or Plano, TX USA  



What we are looking for:


Yazaki is looking for a Technical Scouting Senior Specialist to join our YII Venture Scouting team in Plano, TX.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative and action-driven environment making lasting impacts on the organization. 


What you will be doing:


Under direction of the Vice President of the Venture Scouting Group, the Technical Scouting Senior Specialist is responsible for scouting external start-up companies for a successful business integration into Yazaki Innovations, Inc.  Responsibilities include identifying the technical capability required for the new business development, identifying start-up companies with the capability to solve Yazaki’s internal pain points, and creating the right business structure to integrate the start-up companies’ capabilities into Yazaki Innovation, Inc.’s new business venture.  The Technical Scouting Senior Specialist is responsible for the scouting activities of start-companies for investment opportunities and/or new business revenue opportunities within Yazaki Innovations, Inc.



What you will bring to the table:

  • Technical Scouting: Identify start-up companies that fulfill Yazaki’s technical capability gaps required for the new business opportunity or for potential equity investment.
  • Business Development: Apply existing start-up company solutions to existing Yazaki “pain points” to solve the “pain point” and lead to new business opportunities with the start-up. 
  • Cross Functional Team Management: Manage the Technical Scouting team members to ensure the Technical Scouting activities and process are properly achieved.  Ensure that the team members deliver on their assigned tasks in a timely fashion and help remove any roadblocks that the team may encounter. 
  • Deal Structure Negotiation: Negotiate a customized business structure (i.e. licensing, acquisition, equity participation, funding, purchase agreements, etc.) with the startup company that would lead to business continuation defined by the new business venture.  The structure would serve the interest of Yazaki as a new business venture and the interests of the start-up company. 
  • Budget Management: Manage the Technical Scouting budget during each performance year to ensure budget is achieved.  Ensure that the resource allocation is in line with the planned activities.  Escalate any concerns and propose countermeasures if the actual budget is in excess of the forecast.
  • External Platforms: Manage external platforms, which include, start-up accelerators, venture capital, subject matter consortiums, university liaison office, and corporate innovation consortiums, to provide deal flows that match the Venture Scouting Groups selection criteria.  These platforms should be managed for their effectiveness, tracking their performance to defined targets and replacing them as required.
  • Deal Flow Pipeline: Drive the deal flow pipeline as if the Venture Scouting Group were a corporate venture capital and create investment proposals to the executive leadership and YII Board of Directors.  The target is 10 investment deals per year, which may require significantly more start-ups in a deal flow pipeline.
  • Start-up Investment Due Diligence: Lead the start-up investment due diligence activity by creating a start-up “scorecard” to help evaluate start-up risk.  This scorecard should help mitigate investment risk by identifying clear criteria to guide the investment decisions.
  • Start-up “Pain Point” Due-Diligence: Search for start-up companies that solve the “pain points” to enable a business solution.  Perform due diligence on start-up company technical solution and potential financial return.
  • Process Documentation: Follow the specified process for the department for executing projects.  Provide “lessons learned” and process improvements to continuously improve the process. 


What we can provide you:

  • A collaborative learning environment that will help you reach your maximum potential
  • Opportunities to build your professional network
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package including incentive compensation, 401K match, tuition assistance and a generous holiday schedule





Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland