Product Development Manager
Michigan, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-
Excellent Opportunity with a Leading IT Cloud Service and Solutions Provider!
Product Development Manager
Located in Grand Rapids, MI
Great Career Advancement Opportunities
Summary of Position
The Product Development Manager is responsible for leading new product development for our clients organization. This position is accountable for establishing project scope, formulating and managing development timelines, doing market research and leading organizational product education through a strong business and technical understanding of Industry, Markets and a complete Cloud Services product portfolio.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Subject Matter Expert for championed products and services
Be a leader in business case creation for new products through industry research and VOC (voice of the customer)
Conceptualize, lead and prioritize multiple concurrent projects
Interface and mentor cross-functional teams to ensure specifications and milestones are met for on-time product launches
Work directly with R&D in order to align technical solutions and product specifications
Lead meetings to drive cohesiveness, productivity and complete organizational product integration
Assist with product pricing, positioning, packaging and selling strategies
Form business rules for new products and assist with subsequent support material (Business Support Systems, contracts, marketing)
Organize and participate in internal testing of new products to ensure specifications are met
Create new product documentation and training material
Report development analysis and status to leadership
Coordinate product integration and releases across relevant functional groups
Assist with the solution design and business integration of custom services
Be viewed as an internal and external product evangelist
Guide marketing to ensure release communication, web site updates, PR, and lead generation activities have solid product positioning and information
Represent the company at trade shows for product support
Manage and maintain 3rd party vendor relationships
Perform other tasks as directed by the Director of Product Development
QUALIFICATIONS / WORK EXPERIENCE
Education: Bachelor s degree in Business or a related study is strongly preferred.
Prior experience in the Information Technology and/or cloud services industry is required.
Experience in a service provider environment is preferred.
Product Development/Management and Marketing experience is preferred.
Thorough understanding of storage, virtualization and backup and disaster recovery technologies
Technical knowledge of network security and firewall technologies
Familiarity with the OEM competitive landscape relevant to the above technologies
General knowledge of the telecommunications industry and the competitive environment
Awareness of HIPAA and PCI compliance and regulatory impact to products and services
Ability to articulate technical concepts in a way that others can understand and reproduce
Understanding of the service provider industry relative to cloud services
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong project management, analytical and diplomatic skills
Works well with deadlines, under pressure
Solid organization and multi-tasking ability
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
Attention to detail and accuracy