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Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. Remote SME, Wildfire Emergency Response in San Jose, California

Known for our innovative components, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America manufactures autonomous-ready infotainment and ADAS solutions, premium audio systems, high-definition displays, and powertrain electronics for standard, electric, and hybrid vehicles. Our successful New Ventures team is focused on exploring new innovative mobility products - To ideate, incubate, accelerate and scale disruptive new ventures. Be a part of a select team that is making a real impact on the mobility of tomorrow!

REMOTE / TELECOMMUTE - ANYWHERE US. We are seeking a New Venture Team Associate, with subject matter expertise within the wildfire response domain, to work as part of a new venture to incorporate autonomous vehicles as a part of wildfire response. The role requires someone who is versatile and can wear multiple hats at a start-up. They will focus on connecting the team with their network of various stakeholders in the wildfire response ecosystem, educating the team on the space, and helping to garner insights and product concepts from customer interviews. They will participate in constructing the overall business plan, identifying business priorities as well as associated business and technical challenges. They will learn and participate in the process of early customer identification, research and engagement, as well as team build out and resource allocation. This role is designed as a three-month contract position providing subject matter expertise with a team of startup founders co-creating an autonomous vehicle-based business for wildfire response (with a possible opportunity to convert to a full-time founder).

  • Provide subject matter expertise with a team of startup founders

  • Leverage your broad network of relevant contacts to recruit customers for interviews

  • Help identify early customers and map out a strategy to engage in meaningful dialogue, which ultimately evolves into revenue producing customers

  • Perform customer interviews and devise learning experiments to run to help feed the product spec

  • Proactively contribute your expertise, experience, and network in developing the concept

  • Rigorously analyze the opportunity in a team setting

  • Help to develop a business plan from the concept stage

  • Ensure pilot customers are being cultivated and secured for entry into market

  • Assess and acquire useful capabilities from the Company and other third parties to help further the overall business

  • Act as external spokesperson for the new business

  • Keep the team moving at pace with a clear understanding of deliverables and timelines.


  • 7+ years of work experience with wildfire response.

  • Experience with hardware, software and services supporting wildfire response.

  • Execution oriented individual that understands and can apply lean startup thinking, facilitate complex projects, and oversee teams.

  • Exceptional people skills and the demonstrated ability to gain confidence, build rapport, and drive consensus with team members.

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