Product Manager, Bedford -
Finally, a Product Manager role that isn’t software… but food! This handles the production of physical products sold into retailers globally, and the chances are that you’ve handled one of their products already this week. The company are known well to us, and we’re working with them on a retained basis to handle the sourcing for their new Product Marketing expert.
Their culture is brilliant; down to earth, pragmatic, and they actively promote real, genuine ownership of your role, encouraging real autonomy and creativity. They’ve progressively grown over the years to become one of the industry leaders, but they retain the agility of a smaller business, and what they don’t know about manufacturing these products isn’t worth knowing.
To have a good chance of getting an interview here, you’ll be from a Product or Category focussed background, and an industry that sells into retailers; ideally FMCG, but at the very minimum, working with tangible products.
We mentioned owning your role; you will have huge amounts of autonomy here, liaising with the retailers to understand the problems they’re facing, and then working with your design team to create products that work for them both in a practical sense and that are on-brand. You’ll own bringing the product to market, and report on the success along the way.
Category Management forms a large part of this, so you’ll need some experience here, understanding the challenges in retail, how products are displayed, and what they need to maximise sales.
We know this client well and have placed several people in their team; it’s a busy, varied and highly rewarding role in a culture that promotes self-development, so – if you have product and category experience in a retail form – we can’t wait to hear from you!
The location is great; you can reach them easily from Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Dunstable, Luton, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans, Letchworth, St Neots, Bishops Stortford and Cambridge!
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