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Product Development Manager

  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Salary: £Competitive Plus Bonus and Benefits per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 3 months ago

Product Development Lead / Manager

£Competitive plus Bonus and Benefits

Location: Gloucester  

Product, Manager, Delivery, Gateways, Development, Capital Equipment, Machine, Tooling, Service Contracts, Manufacturing, NPI

Do you want to work for one of the markets most innovative organisations supplying capital equipment, tooling and services to the advanced manufacturing arena? We are looking for an experienced Product Development Lead / Manager to help drive forward the development of new products and associated strategies within the evolution of capital equipment for the advanced manufacturing sector across the UK, Europe, Asian and US markets.

Due to our continued growth and capital equipment demand, our client is looking for a Product Development Lead / Manager to lead and deliver the development of the organisations new product range within the specification and delivery of capital equipment, machines, tooling and service contracts within a highly advanced manufacturing arena. Reporting to the Technical Director, you will be responsible for providing the technical support and advice for the customer and internal engineering teams in identifying the specification, development and delivery of new capital equipment product ranges, key projects and service contracts within the advanced manufacturing arena.

As a Product Development Lead / Manager you will be charged with the:

  • Management of new product development projects.
  • Daily management of the 2 man process development team including technical leadership, task prioritisation and progress reviews.
  • Acting as the project manager for all the company’s authorised new product developments
  • Support of Sales and Business Development by contributing to the concepts and preparing the cost, resource and timescale plans for potential new product development projects
  • Maintenance of a competitor product analysis in order to identify technology opportunities relating to equipment development, software and remote monitoring, automation and general market trends
  • Working closely with the design sections, production and supply chain with regards resource allocation and progress monitoring with a focus on maintaining agreed targets both technical and timescale.
  • Organising design reviews and contribute with ideas to improve the design or resolve difficulties.
  • Working closely with production regarding design for manufacture and assembly initiatives, cost down etc
  • Working closely with purchasing focussing on improved standardisation and reduced product costs
  • Taking the lead on standardisation across the range whilst maintaining margin
  • Contributing to the annual budget preparation in relation to new product development resources, training and capital expenditure.
  • Assistance closely with the development and implementation of QA standards for new product developments.
  • Assistance closely with the development of manuals and other documentation for new product developments.
  • International travel to develop an understanding of customer's needs, environments, etc.

This is a challenging and exciting role for a forward thinking and hands on Product Development Lead / Manager who has led and delivered product development strategies and programmes within a capital equipment, special purpose machinery and/or engineering environment who can demonstrate the following characteristics and experience:

  • Mechanical Engineering qualification, ideally degree level with a good appreciation of electrical and control systems
  • Proven track record in leading Product Development Teams and activities within a capital equipment and/or special purpose machinery environment.  
  • Exposure of managing the delivery of capital equipment, special purpose machinery and/or service level contracts within the engineering arena.
  • Strong commercial acumen being able to lead and deliver timing plans, coordinate project/product plans and track/manage budgets/costs. 
  • Highly PC literate including Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, ERP and CRM
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and orally.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic and able to communicate with diplomacy at all levels.
  • A professional and willing individual with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Excellent problem-solving ability, receptive and adaptable to change.
  • Positive attitude with ability to work within culturally diverse environments.
  • Helpful and supportive approach to resolution of any issues that arise.

Applications will be welcomed from Product Development Lead's / Manager's with a practical approach to leading product development initiatives in the capital equipment, special purpose machinery and/or engineering services sectors. Interest in the Product Development Lead / Manager's position is expected to be high so if you would like to be considered, please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 to discuss further or email mark.bignell@jonlee.co.uk . 

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.