Product Manager - Advanced Surfacing Technology (AST)
location_on Shildon, County Durham
work Full-time
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Product Manager - Advanced Surfacing Technology (AST)
location_on Shildon, County Durham
work Full-time
About us

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces is a world leading manufacturing and distribution organization that is driven by a mission to create innovative, high performance surfaces people love, with world-class service our customers can count on, delivered by people all over the world who care.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, we manufacture and produce High Pressure Laminate, Quartz, Solid Surface, Coordinated TFL, Edgebanding and other engineered surface options for use in furniture, office and retail spaces, countertops, worktops and other applications.

Wilsonart is a company on the move. An international company built on big ideas. We are made up of exceptional people relentlessly pursuing innovation. We are proud of our company and how we serve our customers. We work hard to deserve the trust of our customers, our peers, and our planet. We are willing to talk openly about the challenges and obstacles we face; we are open to new ideas and collaboration on how to be even better. We are passionate about what we do and where we’re going as a company.

In Europe we manufacture with six Business Units, located in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Our teams live local but think global - combining the best of both worlds.

  • Support the delivery of the AST sales and margin plan across Europe by developing and launching products that meet the needs of the market.
  • Identification of customer’s needs, developing products to meet these needs and project management of the end to end new product introduction process.
  • Matching the latest digital engineered surface technology with the needs of the modern market place.
  • Through desk based research and market data analysis, together with research directly with customers;
  • Identify market driven opportunities for existing products – existing product new sales channel
  • Identify market driven opportunities for Existing Product Development (EPD)
  • Identify market driven opportunities for New Product Development (NPD)
  • Work with the Sales Director - AST to commercialise and prioritise these opportunities
  • Translate these opportunities into market ready product launches following the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and new part code set up process and align with brand leaders and/or customers regarding product and packaging specifications
  • Work with T&I to prepare and maintain a 3 year rolling product development plan
  • Work with AST Operations and T&I to complete production trials and gain relevant certifications where applicable
  • Support the sales leaders/brand leaders across Europe to launch products by assisting with presentations, supporting sales calls where necessary and arranging prototype samples
  • Maintain and update cost information relating to all new and existing products
  • Maintain and update design library
  • Obtain, summarise and communicate key customer and competitor knowledge and activity
  • Coordinate the design development programme in conjunction with market need (design brief) from the brand leaders, existing design library and new design acquisition

Candidate profile

  • University degree or equivalent with 3 years’ experience of Product Management including demonstrable project management skills.
  • Experience of working closely with customers and throughout the market research, product development and new product introduction process.
  • Highly developed business acumen and social competencies to lead execution in cross cultural and non-hierarchical environments.
  • Structured and data based approach but at ease with not fully settled scenarios.
  • Winning spirit and thought leadership
  • Strong desire and motivation to unearth new product opportunities and deliver revenue growth.

Specific skills required

  • Very strong project management skills
  • Strong presentation in front of adverse audience
  • Very good Excel, Power Point knowledge
  • Fluent in English (German and/or French are a plus)
  • Experiencing of working across different countries and understanding and acceptance of the associated cultural differences
  • A flare for design
  • 25 days holiday plus Bank holidays
  • 6 x Death in service policy
  • Group Personal Pension
  • Car Park
  • Training opportunities
Your Contact Person

Helen Richardson

Wilsonart | | Lambton Street Industrial Estate | Shildon| 01388 770148 |richardsonh@wilsonart.co.uk