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Product Manager - Safety & Respiratory Products

Employer
Kiota Recruitment
Location
Thetford, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
25 Nov 2020

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Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
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We are currently looking for a Product Manager/ Category Lead to join a leading Manufacturer of in the Norfolk area.

As the Product Manager, you will be responsible for managing the Respiratory Products Category throughout the product lifecycle defining the 'why', 'what,' and 'when' of the category working with internal manufacturing facilities and external partners to bring products to market in a timely fashion.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

* Manage the Systems category life-cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities.

* Effectively manage the product tail, proactively reducing SKU complexity where possible.

* In conjunction with the Brand and Customer Engagement Lead, define the long-term strategy of the product category with a focus on delivering the right product, on time and in full.

* Work closely with the Product Engineering to deliver with optimal time and resources.

* Analyse potential partner relationships for finished goods or components to help develop best in class Systems.

* Use market insights and customer feedback to inform product refinements and ongoing developments.

* Identify and develop solutions to fill product gaps and generate new ideas that grow market share, improve customer experience and drive growth

* Develop and implement go-to-market plans, for existing and NPD products, working with all departments to execute.

* Develop product pricing and positioning strategies.

* Scope and prioritise activities based on business and customer impact.

* Own product launches including working with Brand and Customer Engagement Lead and Technical training specialist to develop sales tools and training materials.

* Own Initial launch forecasting, providing initial forecasts for production, working with sales teams on executing product take up in customer base.

* In conjunction with the Brand and Customer Engagement Lead, deliver promotional plans that are consistent with Brand and product strategy and ensure messages are effectively conveyed.

Key Skills Required:

* Previous experience of Category Management at a senior level in a fast-paced commercial business

* Experienced in creating commercial product category plans and launching products into the market.

* Demonstrable ability to solve problems, and create meaningful solutions based on data

* Excellent attention to detail, with a pursuit of excellence.

* Ability to empathise with all team members, accurately translating needs clearly and concisely

* Proficient in the use of IT Systems including Microsoft Office packages, especially Microsoft projects

* Previous experience and knowledge of Respiratory breathing systems is preferable.

* Previous experience and knowledge of PPE / H&S market.

* Excellent project management skills

* A self-starter with an enquiring mind

* Highly commercial with excellent presentation and communication skills

* Graduate standard or equivalent vocational qualifications/experience

The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding and experience of Category or Product Management with an ability to secure commitment on actions from all stakeholders.

We are open to consider Category/ Product Managers from all industries, however you will have a distinctive advantage if you have a broad knowledge of PPE, Safety Equipment such as Helmets and Accessories market and associated suppliers, competitors, and users
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