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PRODUCT MANAGER - Mechanical Hardware into the OEM & Distribution Sector

c£50000 - £60000 plus benefits

Job Description

PRODUCT MANAGER - Mechanical Hardware into the OEM & Distribution Sector

Salary:  c£50000 - £60000 plus benefits

Location:  West Midlands

Commutable from Birmingham, Kidderminster, Stafford, Stone, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Wednesbury, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Bromsgrove, Lichfield, Tamworth, Stoke on Trent, Telford, Shrewsbury, Droitwich, Redditch, Worcester, Coventry, Warwick, Sutton Coldfield, Coleshill, Stockport, Crewe

This fast growing and acquisitive client wish to strengthen their product offering with a Product Manager responsible for mechanical hardware. You will focus on developing a pipeline of new product development to time scale and product life cycle management for customers in the OEM housebuilding/construction, building trade and DIY/hardware distribution sectors. You will take full ownership and responsibility for your designated product portfolio and deliver continued commercial success of those products by managing them according to their stage within the product lifecycle. You must have experience of NPD from ‘cradle to grave’. 

 The Role

  • Co-ordinate market and customer research into new product and new product category ideas working with the sales, marketing, design and technical teams to harness cross functional expertise
  • Be the go-to-person in the business for new product ideas, actively promote this and make yourself available to encourage idea generation across the business 
  • Keep abreast of product developments within the OEM & Distribution sector and competitors. Use this intelligence to identify new product opportunities 
  • Develop project proposals to be considered for entry into the product development process, paying close attention to cost, price and margin and for projects that merit progression work closely to the Prince2 product development and Stage Gate processes to deliver products in a timely, high quality and financially compelling manner
  • Monitor project status and communicate to the rest of the business
  • Work closely with Design & Technical to ensure stringent validation approvals against the product design where necessary 
  • Monitor the evolving needs of customers and the sales teams to ensure that projects are being treated with the right level of priority at any given time 
  • Work with sales and supply chain to establish initial order quantities and with marketing to deliver a fully featured launch process and collateral and also prepare training material in relation to the new product and ensure it is delivered to all relevant parties 
  • Create excitement across the business when stock is available in order that the products are more likely to be talked about to customers by the sales team 
  • In partnership with the sales team and technical teams, stay close to early adopters of new products and gather feedback on experiences of the product feeding back improvements to the design team. Feedback positive comment to the sales and marketing teams to incorporate in pitches/marketing material
  • Conduct a ground up review of the product portfolio understanding the detail and intricacies of the range. Rationalise legacy and obsolete products, classify remaining products and create an action plan for each by revisiting features and benefit and re-launch to the sales force or investigate opportunities for VAVE or replacement 
  • Build a category development strategy for the product portfolio and manage all products accordingly including looking for opportunities to reduce the size of the portfolio, categorise & bundle product ranges, review opportunities for VAVE, re-energise products by modernising packaging, manage changeovers and ensure terminated products are sold off profitably 

Your Background

  • Educated to degree level with a background in product management gained within the mechanical hardware/components sector focussing on OEM housebuilding, construction, building trade, DIY/hardware sectors or similar, for example automotive
  • Must have experience of NPD from concept to launch as well as product portfolio management and product lifecycle management through to termination
  • Prince 2 Practitioner preferred or similar methodology
  • Strong strategic analysis skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Comfortable working in a matrix management environment
  • Highly flexible