Product Manager

Job Ref: J32872
Sector: Science
Sub-sectors: Energy/Renewables, Chemicals
Job Type: Permanent
Date Added: 25 July 2019
  • Oxfordshire, England, UK OX10 7BG Oxfordshire Oxfordshire UK OX10 7BG
  • Competitive
  • Andrew Shortt
  • 0121 728 8456

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Product Manager



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

Contact Andrew for a full discussion or to register an interest: 0121 728 8456

Candidate Profile

We are recruiting for an experienced and talented Product Manager to contribute to the continued development and growth of our client. We are looking for a science/technical/eng background and you 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. This is a hybrid technical and marketing role, so we are looking for someone who has a profile that can fulfil both parts and remits.

You 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. This would be a huge advantage.

  • 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 roadmapsAnalytical 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 skillsPragmatic 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
  • Significant industrial experience within product development
  • Product development following a stage gate methodology
  • Project management qualification would be an advantageapply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • 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 KPIs 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

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