Product Manager

Astra Recruitment
25 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work with motivated and talented people; join a team of like-minded people, who are highly skilled and want to grow and succeed, in a developing lean production environment? Plus, enjoy an attractive life style with a work / life balance? My client is a global market leading group which is engaged in the design and manufacture of sophisticated precision products and assemblies into the defence, aerospace, medical, automotive, telecoms and R&D OEM sectors. We are looking for a Product Manager to join the senior management team who are are happy visioning and implementing positive change. We offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for motivated and talented people to join a team of like-minded, highly skilled colleagues who want to grow and succeed with our company. Hiring talent to complement and grow our current teams' skills and capabilities is a strategic priority to enable our plans for growth. Our six business locations in the United States and four UK-based businesses employ across a broad range of functions including engineering and process, manufacturing, product management, supply chain and customer services, quality assurance, continuous improvement, compliance and finance. Brief job summary: The Product Manager provides leadership, in collaboration with internal groups such as Sales, Marketing and R&D, in the development of requirements specifications, setting of product priorities and direction as well as driving for delivery of product releases. He/she collaborates with outward facing groups to develop go to market materials and messaging. The Product Manager should possess a blend of business and technical knowledge, big-picture vision, and have a passion for realization of that vision. Core responsibilities include: - Ownership of all assigned/approved products - responsible for driving product cost, margin, delivery quality, roadmap and performance objectives. Contributes to sales forecasting, growth plans and budget process. - Management of the complete product lifecycle including cost and product portfolio optimization - Create an annual budget plan for the assigned product portfolio, including product pricing plan and market plan - Understanding the market space, opportunities and competitive forces within to ensure product roadmap ment. - Generation and management of market/user requirements for current and future products via research supported by on-going customer, partner and industry contacts. - Translating market requirements into product concepts and driving a solution that R&D can implement to deliver successful products. - Analysing potential partner relationships for the product(s). - Collaborating with Marketing in the generation of product launch materials & collateral that excite sales and customers alike. - Acting as the champion for the product(s) assigned, both internally and externally to the target partners. Regular travel to develop existing and prospective customers, can be intensive at times. - Development and ownership of product roadmaps to move beyond the current selling proposition and introduce products that add value thereby extending G&H's penetration of the respective markets. Educational Background: - Engineering (Optics/Electronics/Mechanical/Software) and/or Business Degree. Knowledge and experience required: - 3+ years experience in a product management, development, sales or marketing role. - Proven internal and customer facing presentation skills. - Strong critical questioning ability in relation to technical issues. - Team orientated. - Demonstrated leadership skills. - Experience in technical design, project management and relationship management essential. - Ability to communicate appropriate expectations in relation to product deliverables. - Proven experience in commercial negotiation of large customer accounts. - Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Specific Experience: - Previous experience managing photonics products, in Aerospace & Defence, Life Sciences or Industrial Markets, highly advantageous. - Although not essential a knowledge of the following areas would be beneficial: linear crystal optics, classical optics, glass material properties, as well as experience in the manufacture of optical components such as lenses, windows, prisms and birefringent elements.
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