Lead Product Manager

South Yorkshire
Competitive dependant on experience
07 Sep 2018
04 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 Product Manager.

Lead Product Manager - The Role:

  • Support the product management and product development teams in managing the in-life phase of existing products
  • 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.
  • Examine the effects of product withdrawal on the Company's customer base and set in place a plan to communicate product retirements internally and externally.
  • Ensure your team are effectively and regularly feeding market intelligence for won category into the Creative Director and Product Development team and detail product briefs to the PD team.
  • Drive, track and co-ordinate full critical paths for team and self for custom made developments.
  • Ensure core commercial products in the concept to feasible stage are on track to delivering the needs of the brief.
  • Manage collective continuous improvement activity within the team through effective process management, inspiring colleagues and stakeholders towards positive change.
  • Establish and develop relationships with key customers for own area/category, continually gathering the latest market intelligence and next generation customer requirements.
  • Assist the Head of Product Management and other senior departmental managers in identifying short term future market needs.
  • Support Creative and Sales Director as required, to develop positioning strategies based in product USP and market position.
  • Be an active participant in critical meetings in key strategic markets, supporting the relevant Director.
  • Support Sales and Marketing with all major trade shows and industry events, providing input on communications and selections made during the planning stages.
  • Inspire, motivate and manage members of the product management team encouraging engagement and cross-functional working across the business.
  • Deliver individual budget costs.
  • Participate in business improvement teams.
  • Support and initiate learning and development plans to ensure skill optimisation and peoples growth within the roles and team.

Lead Product Manager - The Candidate:

  • Educated to University Degree level or equivalent.
  • Project Management Qualification, PRINCE I or equivalent is essential.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about complex issues and develop thoughtful recommendations and action plans.
  • Dedicated and conscientious.
  • Flexible and resilient with an ability to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel.

Lead 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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