Grant Thornton Product Development Manager Jobs in Kenya

Grant Thornton Product Development Manager Jobs in Kenya


  • 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

  • For more information and job application details, see; Grant Thornton Product Development Manager Jobs in Kenya


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