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Our client in the manufacturing industry is seeking to recruit a highly ambitious candidate to fill in the following position in their Nairobi office:

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Job Summary

To develop, maintain and update the new product development process, initiate and continuation of new product “Concept to Customer” process to ensure a group of new concepts/products are available to be introduced or commercialized annually..

Main Responsibilities of Job

  • Create and manage the new product development pipeline portfolio, to ensure successive annual roll-outs of value-added profitable products, to achieve growth targets.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to drive the Customer to Concept process to bring new products to market.
  • Identify marketing opportunities by analyzing and defining the total market, market share, competitor market share, and available market share by product market.
  • Provide leadership and support for the design, development, refinement, and implementation of products by:
    • Initiate research to identify consumer needs;
    • Develop new products to meet consumer needs;
    • Research consumer acceptance of products;
    • Work with manufacturing to identify packaging improvements, identify co-pack opportunities; Develop introductory market programs to introduce new products;
    • Lead status meetings to drive programs or new product initiatives to market; and
    • Periodically present project updates to the leadership team.
  • Develop, maintain and update new product development “Concept to Customer” process to ensure a group of new concepts/products are available to be introduced and commercialized on an annual basis to include:
    • Ideation Capture
    • Funnel to Focus
    • Stage Gate Management
    • Performance Evaluation
  • Initiate and continue new concepts/products “Ideation” activities. Activities to include:
    • Ideation capture
    • Strategic alignment assessment
    • Ideation prioritization
  • Initiate and continue new concepts/products “Funnel to Focus” activities. Activities to include:
    • Proof of concept
    • Market viability validation
    • Business case development
    • Resource requirements
  • Champion prioritized new concepts/products through the “Stage Gate” development process. Activities to include:
    • Formulary and costing
    • Internal product/process validation testing
    • Specification data disbursement
    • Test pilot operational run
    • Customer/Market test
    • Production Scale up
  • Handle all aspects of taking successful new product concepts through commercialization. Where appropriate, develop an introduction team with members from key functional areas to insure a coordinated and successful introduction.
  • Responsible for Performance Evaluation Analysis. Activities to include:
    • Post launch ROI validation – sales and cost performance validation
    • Customer/Market feedback
    • Champion identified improvements
    • Ensure key learnings and best practice are documented and shared institutionally.
    • Implement improvements in project management tools and methodologies.
  •  Handle all customer specific requests and brand line extension activities within.
    Service to include:
    • Product Development
    • Consumer/Product Testing
    • Packaging
    • Introductory Marketing Support
  •  Maintain ongoing communication with Packaging, Procurement, Manufacturing and Engineering to ensure a thorough understanding of emerging new ingredients, packaging and manufacturing technology. Incorporate this learning into new product development process.
  • Serve in cross-functional roles & responsibilities in support of corporate objectives
    • Lead role of the Product Management Team
    • Participation in Sales & Operations Planning process
    • Strategic Planning team
    • Other duties as assigned by SMM or Executive Team

Key Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Marketing, business management or a related discipline preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of business experience in the field of marketing, product management or sales.
  • Experience in pipe manufacturing a must, plastic pipes is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of the pipe manufacturing industry.
  • Requires strong written and oral communication skills, planning and organization skills, and strong analytical abilities.
  • Can interpret syndicated market data and research, and recommend appropriate actions.
  • Capable of working independently and staying organized while assuming multiple responsibilities and tasks.
  • Able to motivate, problem solve, deal with ambiguity and effectively prioritize business needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note) and other related operating system

How To Apply

Interested candidates are requested to forward their updated CVs to [email protected] stating the subject heading “PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER” clearly indicating their current and expected remuneration (MUST), daytime telephone contacts, and addresses of three referees. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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