Product Development Manager

Job description

Job title: Product Development Manager

Department: New Product Introduction (NPI)

Responsible to: Head of NPI

Salary Competitive

About the Company

Our mission is to transform the way people live in cities. With over 16 million possible combinations of gears, colours, handlebars and accessories, we make more than just a bicycle, and we are more than just a bicycle company.

We continue to make the Brompton in West London, where we started in 1975, but our product has travelled far - we now export 80% of our bicycles to 44 countries. In the past 36 months we have invested in a new purpose-built production facility, transformed our digital architecture, opened new flagship stores and had our biggest product launch in company history and we’re not stopping there…

To change urban living, we need passionate, innovative and talented people that want to challenge the status quo and make an impact.

The Role

A Project Manager is required to lead a multi-disciplined team in all stages of the formalised product development and product introduction process. Reporting directly to the Head of NPI, the focus is on delivering results in the best way possible across the business, not to operate within functional boundaries - the team element is therefore crucial to success. A highly independent and self-directed individual is required to develop and maintain the delivery plans, whilst finding solutions which deliver a successful product to the market on time, cost and quality. Anticipating problems and seeking opportunities, will require prioritisation and fact-based solutions.

Projects will vary from supporting engineering and design teams, to having full end to end responsibility including working with suppliers, internal Brompton teams and customer facing staff. This role demands a very wide perspective on what it takes to deliver successful products to market and will have a high profile throughout Brompton.

The Person

The successful candidate will remain confident when dealing with negative situations and encourage and influence to create tactical solutions to difficult problems that may arise. They will be required to provide high levels of leadership and support in order to help the team achieve their key objectives and meet their budgets. The ideal candidate will be able to create a network of contacts, internally and externally that will be able to provide the business with resources at reasonable cost.

The ideal person will be focused on working to deadlines and have the drive to achieve all their aims and provide results. They must use researched information when solving problems and apply logic when handling conflict. The person must always strive to work to a high specification in order to improve and maintain quality. They must bring a sense of urgency to situations and demonstrate an active approach daily and get involved in order to increase the pace of projects

The ideal person will enjoy working with and through people and have the drive to achieve results through a logical approach to tasks. The job will require the candidate to be able to actively influence and motivate a variety of people, enjoy challenging situations and can work within the broad parameters of the business. The successful person will be self-confident, friendly, persuasive, consistent, flexible, self-disciplined, active, participative and positive.

Main duties

  • No direct reports, but acts as a lead to the entire development team. Balancing the needs of the team to deliver the best solution for the product development.
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time and within scope of specification, cost and quality.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation.
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Translate scope and requirements into tasks, schedule and assign tasks
  • Track and analyse the budget, schedule and scope of multiple concurrent projects; and understand and prioritise, risks and issues, and escalate when required.
  • Co-ordinate risk analysis, product testing and error management

Skills and Experience

  • Good knowledge of the bike industry
  • Background in product development and previous project management experience
  • Ability to create project plans, manage costs and drive team performance
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (Engineering or Management discipline preferred)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving ability
  • Ability to work with different functions across the business and network builder.
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Hands-on attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Experienced user of SharePoint and MS Office toolset (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project).

Job requirements

  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Experienced user of SharePoint and MS Office toolset (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project).