Product Manager - Chemicals

Cranleigh Scientific
Kidlington, UK
09 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Product Manager - Chemicals

An ambitious and rapidly growing chemical processing company are looking for an experienced and highly talented Product Manager to make a significant contribution to their continued development and growth. As the Product Manager you will a science or engineering background and will have an appetite to solve the challenges of the Food industry, the ability to process complex issues, work with multi-disciplinary teams and technologies as well as taking an active role in the design and development of new products. The Product Manager will have extensive experience of taking a product from concept through to launch and full lifecycle management. Ideally you will have experience of developing innovative products for chemical processing and liquid handling within a regulated market.

Product Manager Requirements

  • Managing the stage gate process for all new development projects ensuring key activities are conducted, progress is regularly reviewed, and project development is fully documented
  • Collaborating with management and external parties to document the business, financial, market, scientific and technical justification for new product opportunities
  • Collating market and customer feedback to inform product technical specifications
  • Providing detailed market assessment including competitor analysis for evaluation of product opportunities
  • Coordinating regular project reviews to ensure progress against milestones, project cost updates and reporting KPls to the leadership team
  • Leading the new material introduction process ensuring cross functional collaboration and control of the item and BOM process
  • Establishing pilot projects with potential partners to evaluate the scientific and commercial benefit of new product ideas and technologies
  • Ensuring detailed planning is undertaken for scale up trials and assist the commercial functions with identification suitable customer trial sites
  • Developing product descriptions, customer benefits, application notes, technical documents and support all Marketing, Sales and Service activities as required.
  • Liaising with Sales and Marketing to ensure the definition and execution of a coordinated commercialisation plan, including user testing established and enacted to drive successful market adoption of new products
  • Liaising with third parties and strategic partners to deliver specific projects as required
  • Developing a strong collaborative relationship with other internal functions fostering an environment of knowledge gathering and sharing

Product Manager profile

  • Demonstrable experience of delivering successful outcomes when commercialising a new product
  • Excellent market analysis and strong customer requirement gathering competence
  • Strong appreciation for project management principles, technical documentation, quality management (ISO9001) and product regulatory compliance (chemicals, electrical, mechanical)
  • Working knowledge of relevant food industry regulations
  • Experience of developing product strategy and roadmaps
  • Analytical and methodical approach to problem solving
  • A self-reliant, results orientated, energetic, flexible individual with a strong team working ethos
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Pragmatic with the ability to understand complex technical programs
  • Strong stakeholder management capability

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Engineering / Mechanical / Design / Chemistry or equivalent degree
  • Post graduate Business/Marketing qualification would be advantageous
  • Extensive industrial experience within product development
  • Product development following a stage gate methodology
  • Project management qualification


  • Competitive salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Stock Options (subject to qualifying)
  • Up to 5% matched contributions pension (salary sacrifice)
  • 25 days annual leave

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