Federation – Product Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • London
  • Salary: £up to £50K
Application deadline: 05/04/2018

Website huntermerrifield Hunter Merrifield

Placing Membership and Engagement Professionals first

Job Seniority: Head of Department
Job Function: Development

Do you want to shape the future of a leading trade federation based in SE1?


What is the role?

You will develop and implement new business opportunities taking account of markets and customer needs. Be the key architect in shaping the vision of the Group’s future offering with products that are based on in depth market awareness. Own the full product development cycle including identifying new opportunities, undertaking market analysis and evaluation, costing and budgeting.

What will you be responsible for:

Work with business leads and recommend the nature and scope of current and future products and services.

Prepare product proposals including risks and mitigating controls

Draft new product specification and documentation including pricing

Assess the feasibility of proposed new products including markets, regulatory and legal implications

Undertake customer needs analysis, identifying gaps and potential solutions to fulfil their needs

Assess market and competition by comparing existing offerings to competitors’ products

Manage project budgets and prepare financial analysis reports for senior management

Manage and coordinate product development projects

Ensure all products best meet the needs of users/customers by actively seeking input from key stakeholders and potential users, throughout the development and delivery cycle

Work with group businesses as well as external businesses to develop bundled products

Assist in ongoing analysis of customer, industry and regulatory activity, enabling strategic changes to be considered that may affect our existing products and propositions, identifying opportunities and risks

Ensure that product milestones are met

Lead cross-functional teams to develop and roll our product communication strategy and training as required

What will you enjoy, in a nutshell?

Work collaboratively with other departments to establish product marketing, technology and sales strategies, and ensure a successful product launch

Work with stakeholders to deliver the customer proposition

Act as primary contact for stakeholder enquires

Determine resource requirements and identify appropriate resources to successfully launch products

Develop business presentations for potential customers

Analyse and resolve product issues in timely and accurate manner

Implement robust guidelines for all products

Maintain a strong awareness of Group marketing activities

What do you need to do this role?

A methodical and analytical approach, great problem solving skills and ability to provide logical solutions to complex problems

Commercial awareness and the ability to work across multiple markets, sectors and customer types, including large corporates, SMEs and consumers

Excellent organisational and project management skills with the ability to plan and manage multiple projects and budgets

Outstanding communication skills

Ability to build relationships with, and influence, a wide range of stakeholders, both externally and internally

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Proven experience in similar role, in particular having led a new development project from inception to launch

A great team player with ability to work collaboratively with others

Experience of evaluation techniques for tracking success measures throughout a product’s life cycle

Excellent presentation skills including the ability to articulate and convey concepts and ideas to a senior, varied audience in a clear and compelling manner

Previous experience of working in a cross functional organisational structure is desirable

Prince2 or another project management accreditation is desirable

If you are a creative thinker with a passion for delivering well thought out and tested products and want to shape the future of an industry changing federation whilst working with commercially minded individuals please apply today!

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