£30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + car
Job Title: Product Manager Reports to: Head of Product Management Salary: Competitive Package I am currently working in Partnership with Häfele, a leading supplier of furniture fittings, ironmongery and hardware to the trade. They are recognised for their quality of product and expertise in the industry, offering over 25,000 specialist products into a number of markets including national retail, trade distribution and manufacturing. They place intense focus on service and delivery to the end customer and pride themselves on being able to offer a superior range of innovative products; they are looking to recruit a Product Manager who shares the same approach. This is one of two newly created positions that have been developed to enhance the businesses current Product Management and Supply Chain team. They are looking for candidates that can demonstrate a thorough understanding of customer needs and translate that into efficient, market driven product ranges that are best in class. It is an incredibly exciting time to join this dynamic, market leading business, and the successful Product Manager will be expected to progress within the organisation. What current employees of Häfele say about the business: “I've been at Häfele just over 18 months and it's the best move I have made in my career to date. Already a successful company, they have big plans for the future so there's opportunity everywhere. The culture is fast-paced but friendly, and their philosophy of teamwork is definitely something they do rather than just say.” “'Having worked at Häfele for close to 8 years, I know that the company understands that its employees are its greatest asset they enable us to have that competitive advantage. We strive to create an environment where our staff are engaged with as people not numbers! There are lots of exciting projects across the company allowing for interdepartmental and international working but we want to go further! And to achieve this we need more outstanding people with huge potential to join us.” ROLE PURPOSE The role is to operate within a newly structured Product Management and Supply Chain team. The purpose is to manage a particular product range; developing a thorough understanding of customer needs, staying at the forefront of the market, seeking out and investigating new innovative products and new sources of supply on a global scale, building strong supplier relationships, managing the full product life cycle to reach company targets and working with the wider marketing and sales team to ensure the range is delivered effectively to customers. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES * Develop a thorough understanding of customer needs, and an awareness of future and current market trends to better tailor our proposition to the market * Develop and maintain market driven product ranges that are best in class and customer focussed, and meet agreed company targets for performance * Proactively manage the product lifecycle from cradle to grave, to maximise sales and minimise risk/cost * Improving the innovative product offering to customers whilst reducing the product portfolio * Build strong relationships with suppliers to understand their full product offering and future innovations in order to select the products which support the strategy * Support the wider sales and marketing teams in the effective communication of your range to the market * Understand the product cost drivers, for both finished goods and components to allow for better negotiation and price points * Keeping abreast of legislative issues relating to your product and ensuring compliance * Deliver excellence for customer in all that you do * Global travel will be required Experience Required * Previous experience in a similar position (Range Manager, Product Manger, Category Manager, Commodity Manager) * Strong product selection and sourcing experience with demonstrable strong sales results * Experience in managing a high volume of SKU's into multiple markets * Proven negotiation successes * Experience sourcing from a global supply base * Supplier evaluation on a global scale Person specification * Able to communicate and present themselves well to a range of stakeholders * Desire to progress * Ability to engage and influence senior stakeholders * Adaptable * Intense focus on service and delivery to the customer * Take a proactive, positive approach to decision making and grasp opportunities * Show respect and consideration for colleagues * Able to work under pressure, autonomously with little supervision achieving consistent results * Creative and analytical thinker able to solve problems and able to propose new and different solutions to existing problems Macildowie is a specialist recruitment consultancy with a rich history of enhancing the careers of professionals across the Midlands. 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