High-Impact Product Management

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It is really difficult to launch a successful product. By identifying key product portfolio gaps, I drive businesses to develop highly-specialized technical products and launch new offerings that delight customers while meeting financial targets.

  • Market-Driven Development

  • Profit & Loss Management

  • Roadmap Creation

  • Portfolio Strategy

  • Life-Cycle Management

  • Lean Six Sigma

  • Strategic Planning

  • International Leadership

  • Data-Driven Decisions

Professional Experience

2022 – Present

Sunnova Energy

Senior Product Manager
2022 – Present

Sunnova is a fast-moving, market leader in the residential Energy as a Service (EaaS); my newly created role extends those offerings to both the C&I and Microgrid market verticals.

Sunnova Business Solutions
New: Sunnova Adaptive Business

Sunnova now offers a complete suite of energy technologies and services tailored to meet specific energy needs, goals, and local utility rate structures for your business.

2021 – 2022

Fluence Energy

Senior Product Manager
2021 – 2022

Fluence is solving the problem of energy storage to aid conversion to renewable energy sources – my profitability team spanned the entire portfolio of BESS product & services.

  • Tactical focus on lowering customer investment; removed $1.8M in cost-out projects emphasizing container design, component sourcing, and on-site commissioning time.
  • Developed long-term TCO roadmaps for long- and short-duration BESS offerings; those strategic actions generate 22% contribution improvement across the portfolio.
Fast Company: Fluence 2021 Top 10 Innovation
Fast Company: 2021 Top 10 Innovation

Fluence sold $1B worth of energy storage equipment in 2021, helping grids avoid dirty coal-burning “peaker” power plants.

2018 – 2020

Coherent

Product Line Manager
2018 – 2020

Market definition role responsible for metrics like product growth, revenue and profit goals, roadmap and specification development, strategic account oversight, and global marketing strategy for VCSEL lasers.

  • On-boarded two lead customers to new flagship line – $100M projected revenue over 5Y. Responsible for complete product definition, customer inputs, and performance-price roadmap for new-to-world offering.
  • Eliminated inherent eye-safety risk (largest barrier to market adoption) by prioritizing component integration; reduced customer layout space 61%, increased product margin 19%. Strong IP protection prevents commoditization.
  • Introduced new go-to-market strategy to drive adoption; released an ‘approved reference design’ with custom packaged VCSEL – anticipated $10M in revenue over 2Y.
  • Avoided 8% margin erosion by executing a cost-out roadmap for a commodity product that aligned with negotiated customer price reduction targets.
  • ‘Pruned’ product line offerings, increased portfolio margin 11%; data analysis isolated products not aligned to growth-strategy. Managed legacy product EOL, maintained 100% uptime for customers.
II-VI acquires Coherent
II-VI acquires Coherent

The rebranded company serves the industrial, communications, electronics, and instrumentation markets which represent a fast-growing total addressable market of $65 billion.

2013 – 2018

Eaton

Director of Engineering
2013 – 2018

Organized and led all product development functions for the Enclosures Division: New Product Design (NPD), Engineer-to-Order (ETO), and Product Cost Reduction (VA/VE).

  • Overhauled Engineer-to-Order process with standardized Lean Six Sigma methods:
    • Reduced leadtime by 55%
    • Increased sales 36% YOY to $4M in Y1
    • Implemented quality gating system, first-time yields improved 28%
  • NPD champion, grew vitality sales ($35M sales, 29% growth) across four product lines.
  • Executed DFM project to reduce 21% material and 38% labor cost on a $4M flagship line; 3 patents awarded.
  • Created and implemented tiered engineering career path ladders, succession plans, and organizational capability assessments.
2012 – 2013

Eaton

Engineering Manager
2012 – 2013

Spearheaded material and labor reduction (VA/VE) projects with Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Product Managers. Established VA/VE team; implemented a change-based culture to long-dormant product lines.

  • Strategic oversight for $4.0M cost-out P&L (3% COGS) across seven production sites.
  • Key transition member during M&A process. Partnered with technical leads in other divisions to identify $2.4M in actionable synergy cost-out projects.
  • Lean 6 Sigma integration; reduced COGS 1.5% through labor efficiencies without sacrificing quality or leadtime.
2003 – 2012

Emerson

Senior Design Engineer
2003 – 2012

Design lead for a global project team, consolidated products obtained through acquisitions with legacy offerings to a unified platform for the Oil and Gas industry.

  • Executed 6 year initiative to reorganize mid-tier platform architecture. Formulated the design and IP process; 14 patents awarded.
  • Converted legacy offerings from 20 disparate designs to a cohesive portfolio with 6 high-margin designs:
    • $21M increase in globally served markets
    • 63% supplier reduction
    • 54% component reduction
    • 28% blended margin improvement
  • Led two Chinese product design teams; mentoring, managing deliverables, and driving consistent vision.
2002 – 2003

Molex

Design Engineer
2002 – 2003

Outsourced flagship product lines to off-shore assembly house – responsible for process transfer, intellectual property, and on-site qualification.

Implemented DFMEA, PFMA, and a Control Plan to comply with stringent aesthetics and quality expectations.

1999 – 2002

Alcatel

Associate Design Engineer
1999 – 2002

Responsible for designing circuit board assembly tooling; reduced both cycle time and handling defects.

Business models are too important to be left to the suits. If Engineers are going to make the best of their ideas, they must help develop that business model.

Innovation through Design Patents

Creating differentiated designs, making value for both the end-customer and the bottom line; 18 separate filings awarded.

All patent schematics from USPO website – freely available public information.

Education

2015 – 2017

University of Texas at Dallas

M.S. & MBA, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
2015 – 2017

UTD ranked #19 in Princeton Review for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2018!

UTD JSOM Campus
1997 – 2002

Southern Methodist University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
1997 – 2002

Minors: Computer Science & Mathematics

SMU Campus

Global Experience

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel extensively – seeing things that would have been otherwise inaccessible. I am able to better understand customers’ needs and motivations when we meet at their home office.

Team Mevius

I always try to remember to emphasize the effect that my family has on my work life – they enable me to pursue my professional passions. Also, they’re awesome…

Jason Mevius - Husband / Father

Jason

I enjoy cooking, missing golf putts, and making the perfect Old Fashioned.

In 2017, I finally learned how to successfully complete a Rubik’s Cube.

Jessica Mevius - Wife / Mother

Jessica

We’ve been married since 2004 and things keep getting better.

She’s a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, owns Therapy Squared, and an incredible wife & mother.

William Mevius - Son

William

Growing faster every day, learning more and more.

We build Legos, eat cheeseburgers, and love to be silly.

Charlotte Mevius - Dog

Charlotte

Constantly chewing, yipping, napping under my desk, and snoring.

Me working from home is the best thing that ever happened to her.