Senior Product Manager

South Yorkshire
Competitive dependant on experience
07 Sep 2018
05 Oct 2018

The Company

Our client is the leading UK manufacturer of commercial fabrics for interiors, health, education, transport and retail. They are a global business with offices and clients around the world and have won a number of leading industry awards for their innovative and sustainable production. They now have an opportunity based in Yorkshire for a Senior Product Manager.

Senior Product Manager - The Role:

Support the Creative Director in managing the in-life phase of existing products, monitoring cost price and margin fluctuations, competitor products, evolving customer needs and advances in technology that could impact the market viability of certain products.

  • Analyse, input and support in the decision making and process of phasing out obsolete products and introduction of replacements.
  • Examine the effects of product withdrawal on the Company's customer based and set in place a plan to communicate product retirement.
  • Ensure direct reports are effectively and regularly feeding market intelligence for own catagory into the Creative Director and Product Development team.
  • Drive, track and co-ordinate full critical paths for team and self for custom made developments from business case to order. 
  • Manage collective continuous improvement activity through effective process management, inspiring colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Establish and develop relationships with key customers via the Area Business Managers in order to continually gather market intelligence.
  • Represent the business in industry relevant bodies/committees/associations monitoring standards and trends in the industry.
  • Lead by example, guiding and training others in the Product Management function.
  • Support Creative and Sales Director to develop positioning strategies based on products USP's and market position.
  • Participate in critical meetings in key strategic markets, supporting the relevant Director of Sales and Area Business Managers in improving communication and information flow.
  • Deliver individual cost budgets.
  • Participate in business improvement teams.
  • Inform and update the Board when necessary.

Senior Product Manager - The Candidate:

  • Educated to University Degree level or equivalent.
  • Project Management Qualification, PRINCE I or equivalent is essential.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years' experience managing, coaching and developing others.
  • Be able to demonstrate ability to think strategically about complex issues and develop thoughtful recommendations and action plans.
  • Be honest, sincere and genuine with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently with passion and drive whilst demonstrating high levels of resilience and energy.
  • Experience in project management and product development essential, often managing multiple projects with a broad range of internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent verbal, written and platform communication skills.
  • Strongly analytical, numerical, negotiation and presentation abilities.  
  • Highly competent in key Microsoft software, PPT and sharepoint.
  • Understanding of AS400, BI, Visio and CRM is desirable.
  • Drive and energy with an ability to inspire and motivate others. 
  • Dedicated and conscientious.
  • Flexible and resilient with an ability to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel.

Senior Product Manager - The Package:

  • Highly competitive package that reflects the position.

Please note that due to the anticipated interest in this role only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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