Jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Right now my friends of light, this is a job seeker’s market! The company I work for, Chauvet, is looking for a new Product Manager for its DJ products division. Are you in the realm of the DJ world? Give Chauvet a shout! Email email@example.com to apply!
CHAUVET ® DJ Branded Products Division
Job title: Product Manager
Job location: Sunrise, FL 33351
Classification: Fulltime, Exempt, Salaried
Reports to: Senior Product Manager DJ
Prepared by/Date: HR/May 2015
The primary objective of this position is to develop quality and profitable products through the planning and management of the development process, pricing and product map, and the achievement of high visibility in the market with training programs and communications. The Product Manager identifies and capitalizes on market opportunities, manages communications with overseas factories, communicates competitive advantages to internal and external customers, and assures product evaluations, representations and training to deliver and maintain a product range that meets market needs and business goals.
Job Requirements include the following essential duties and responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned:
Set and maintain product launch calendars and coordinate communications internally and externally, inter-departmentally and intra-departmentally to ensure that all deadlines are met to launch products on time and on cost. This requires the coordination of schedules with technical writing teams, engineering teams and marketing teams, communication with supervisors, managers and co-workers, and pro-active planning of training programs for domestic and international customers.
Manage communications with overseas suppliers to discuss products in development, new concepts, provide feedback on samples, identify quality issues and solutions and request technical support documents; travel to factories to assure performance, collaborations and drive innovation.
Research user needs and expectations. Monitor the market using a variety of resources including tradeshows, seminars, social media, websites, lighting forums, blogs and trade magazines. Regularly gather and analyze feedback from sales, customers and industry influencers and compile, produce and present a written feedback report, and include solutions for removing barriers to entry, continued improvements, and new concepts as applicable.
Stay current on technology, recognize and articulate technical trends, and seek and offer new product ideas. Seek ways to reduce/eliminate product quality issues and to identify cost reduction and value improvement opportunities. Handle or delegate diagnosis of issues as appropriate. Track and record issues and changes proposed or implemented.
Gather, review, organize, compile and maintain technical reports, including evaluations and functional testing of prototypes and samples submitted by product engineers and other technical staff, for feedback to manufacturing partners. Monitor and review software engineering and QA reports. Produce weekly status updates for all products within the range in development.
Review and approve specifications and test reports from overseas laboratories for new products and disseminate to others. . Approve corrections and updates of specifications and communicate them. Serve as the product expert and resource for sales, marketing and service teams.
Create new order forms.
Identify and order competing products and direct or perform and document the evaluation of these against Chauvet products.
Responsible for anticipating and communicating internal and external training needs on new and existing products and staff and conduct these trainings as directed. Collaborate with and train quality control, marketing, sales, technical and purchasing as needed to achieve successful and timely product launches and after-sale service. Coordinate all OEM materials among teams including product development, marketing, parts and technical writing.
Confirm the technical accuracy of content from other departments including promotional videos, ads, press releases and packaging.
Collaborate with the marketing manager or a designate of the marketing manager to articulate selling points, features and benefits and name products (final approval with marketing) to ensure an effective representation of the product range and high visibility across all media platforms. Create final Product Positioning statements in collaboration with marketing (final review and internal dissemination by marketing).
Participate in outbound and inbound marketing initiatives including writing for blogs, magazines, social media and participating in seminars and tradeshows, following guidelines established by the marketing manager.
Participate in trade show planning, design and execution as directed. Manage selection and availability of new product samples for trade shows, and work with marketing and sales to ensure that category products are represented effectively.
Monitor inventory reports for accuracy.
Help define and influence the long term product road map.
Coach, develop and mentor designated direct reports and other staff including other product managers on process or specific requirements, as assigned.
Provide timely development and performance feedback. Produce and submit regular performance monitoring and assessment reports, including one (1) annual for each direct report. Other duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience:
Associate’s Degree in Electronics or Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience and 2-3 years supervisory experience; 1-2 years experience and/or training in prototype/sample evaluation and teardown/reassembly of lighting, small electronics or technical products prototype or equivalent combination of education, experience, and supervisory skills. Proficient in use of major PC applications including Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite. Expertise in Production/Installation Lighting technology and applications. Experience in the DJ/mobile entertainment industry preferred.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee may be required to lift and move up to twenty-five pounds, and may be required to lift and move up to fifty pounds unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Overnight travel via air or land transportation and extended international travel required.
Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to extreme noise levels. Bright lights and strobe lighting will be used in close proximity.