Product Development and Category Manager

Konnect Recruitment Ltd
Newport (Casnewydd)
£28,000 per annum
07 Sep 2017
20 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Product Development and Category Manager

Based in Newport

Salary of circa £30,000

My client are a well established manufacturing company based in Newport. They are looking for an experienced B2B Product Manager who has ideally worked within the manufacturing sector. This is a new role for the business so there is a real chance to make this role your own and make an impact on the business.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing customer relationships with existing and agreed target customer base, to deliver the budget.
  • Developing clear pricing strategies on all routes to market and ensuring annual promotional campaigns are in place with all customers.
  • Market Trend & Customer Analysis - using technical analysis and a framework for trend characterisation as well as analysing strengths & weaknesses of current and potential competitor’s products.
  • Marketing Strategy - ensuring that the product design fundamentally serves the demand of the marketing plan, and is designed to fill market needs and reach marketing objectives. Pricing analysis and setting.
  • Understanding of the routes and channels to market by product range.
  • Developing relationship with Distributors for Panel & Design radiators that will then distribute to the boutique sector.
  • Management of Key account customers to ensure we maximise our sales output.
  • Carry out joint visits with our Regional Sales managers to gain a full understanding of our customers “coal face”, threats and opportunities.
  • Project Managing all aspects of the NPD process through to market launch in line with the overall NPI process, including product design specification, technological requirements, and potential partner relationships.
  • Maximising potential of existing QRL Radiators manufacturing capabilities while researching new and innovative product design processes.
  • Interfacing with internal departments & management to deliver multiple GB projects on time and on budget.
  • Ensuring internal processes and procedures are in place to deliver all elements of our sales strategy.
  • Complete new customer account responsibility including implementation and integration into the businesses systems and procedures

Essential Criteria:

  • Account management.
    • B2B Product Management experience within a manufacturing business
    • Product Marketing
    • Market analysis, NPD and NPI experience
    • Experience of working with R&D teams, and cross functionally with all commercial functions
    • Ability to prioritise workloads and manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Can work to deadlines and budget criteria.
    • Excellent Excel skills

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience within a radiators business or related heating, plumbing, HVAC or associated industries.
  • Previous experience within a new product introduction role within a manufacturing facility