Consumers Energy Company Product Development Associate in Jackson, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.•Summary•As a Product Development Associate, you will help shape product strategy by working in cross-functional teams to define and deliver on the next phase of dynamic products and services from conception to launch. As part of the team, you bridge the technical and business worlds as you design services that our customers will love. You'll work with Engineering, Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Finance, to name just a few. You have a bias toward action and can break down complex problems into steps that drive rapid and iterative product development. You get excited by both the planning and execution aspects of business, and thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment.•Responsibilities•Idea Generation and Prioritization•Identify and prioritize market opportunities, build business cases, and define product vision and strategy•Open doors with potential partners, discuss their businesses objectives and present these opportunities to the team•Analyze the total addressable market and create financial models•Problem Definition•Understand and research markets, competition, and customer requirements in depth•Conduct customer interviews and market surveys•Develop product briefs that clearly articulate how the product adds value by solving a significant customer or business problem•Design Solution•Work collaboratively with operations, engineering and 3rd parties to identify and design the minimum viable product/solution to solve the identified problem optimizing for speed to market•Identify interdependencies and pro-actively solve issues with the appropriate internal and external stakeholders•Build and Test•Partner with internal and external subject matter experts to develop beta projects•Leverage cutting edge technologies to push our thinking and challenge the status quo•Execute legal agreements and statements of work with 3rd parties•Communication and Reports•Prepare and distribute various reports and updates on the status of projects to various audiences, including functional management, executive management, and the Board of Directors, etc.•Minimum qualifications•BA/BS in Business, Finance, Statistics and Accounting•Preferred qualifications•MBA•Experience with product management, product launches or strategy•Experience in the energy sector•Experience with cross-functional teams•Team-first outlook including building great working relationships with peers across functions and have a positive can-do attitudeOverviewThe Business Support Job Family is utilized throughout the Company. Including, but not limited to accounting, auditing, budget preparation/analysis, business analysis, business negotiations, business transactions, customer service/relations, finance, cash management, materials management/supply chain, project management, records management, risk management, marketing, planning/scheduling and strategic planning.