The Senior Product Development Manager is responsible for managing all activities within the Product Development functions.

Closing Date: January 31st 2022

Job Title: Senior Product Development Manager
Division: EV Cargo Global Forwarding
Location: Southampton
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Closing Date: 31/01/2022

Description of Role

EV Cargo Global Forwarding have grown to become a predominate international supply chain partner to many of the world’s leading brands. We enable customer success through market leading air, ocean, surface freight, logistics, supply chain and technology solutions. Our growth is accelerating around the world.

It’s therefore an exciting time to join our team and be part of our journey.

The role:
The Senior Product Development Manager is responsible for managing all activities within the Product Development functions, delivering against the EV Cargo Product Strategy and Roadmap, across multiple product work-streams; Forwarding, Supply Chain Services and Supply Chain Software.

The Senior Product Development Manager will also be responsible for contributing to innovate and maximise new and developing product opportunities, by collaborating within the Product Development Team, key account management, technology, marketing, sales, and operational departments to deliver in line with the strategic product roadmap and the EV Cargo vision ‘to transform logistics into a technology industry’.

In addition to this, the Senior Product Development Manager will be an advocate for product, with the ability to articulate the depth and breadth of the product and service offering, providing guidance and the development of product knowledge and education across the business and externally to the market working with EV Cargo marketing, all sales teams and other internal stakeholders.

As a member of the Commercial team the Senior Product Development Manager will also support direct sales opportunities, principally key accounts. This will include providing relevant and compelling collateral towards tender bid proposals, participating in tender bid pitches and demonstrations as a designated Product Expert.

Where will you be working?
You will be based at our office in Gerrards Cross.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and we believe our employees should receive a competitive and flexible offer.  We have great flexible policies to suit the different lifestyles of our colleagues, we recognise and reward our colleagues in many different ways  to demonstrate our commitment to our core values of growth, innovation and sustainability and we provide training, mentoring and apprenticeship programmes through our learning academy.

The company is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all of its people and of demonstrating valuing diversity and inclusivity, in all aspects of our business relationships, both in the workplace and in our business communities.

EV Cargo Global Forwarding reserves the right to close the vacancy before the stated closing date if a high volume of applications received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are not able to provide detailed feedback to applicants that were not shortlisted.

Key Responsibilities

What will be your key responsibilities?

Managing the Team:

  • Manage and support the Product Development Managers in the delivery of the product solution in line with the product roadmap.
  • Build relations with the identified subject matter experts of the different products to ensure point of escalation and team support within product steering committees.
  • Responsible for ensuring the team structure and processes exist to identify and maximise USP’s in order to build compelling products, collateral and propositions.
  • Act as the critical functional link between senior management peers in the commercial, operational and the technology delivery pillars.
  • Work with the product development and sales & marketing teams to approve the initial stage of any business case and value proposition for developments built into our products and services through customer insight.
  • Approve business requirements created by the relevant Product Development Manager that articulate product development.
  • Work within defined development processes including, multi work-stream road mapping, product enhancements, product planning, prioritisation and delivery.
  • Manage the Product Development team to ensure all stakeholders are engaged and updated on product process and progress.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Product Development Director is versed on product development planning and progress across work-streams
  • Contribute to the vision and planning of the EV Cargo Product Roadmap
  • Works closely with the product development and marketing and sales teams to ensure that product development content and timescales are aligned to feed into lead, sales and marketing strategies.
  • Review relevant product research; to verify competitive intelligence and various market analysis.
  • Approve the creation and maintenance of product collateral designed to educate internal stakeholders’ and ensure product knowledge transfer
  • Represent the business and promote the products by advocating for their value and benefits at executive briefings, marketing events and other channels such as online consumer platforms.
  • Deployed into significant tenders alongside sales teams to assist with building winning propositions, retenders and cross selling products to existing customers.

Essential Criteria

What we’re looking for:

  • Level 2 English and Maths or equivalent; educated to a degree level is desirable but not essential
  • Proven experience in similar role
  • Proven experience in building, managing and motivating a diverse team
  • Experience of developing winning proposals in a variety of formats and create customised, profitable pricing structures in response to the customer’s requirements.
  • Strong influencing & negotiation skills with the ability to influence others through the results of data analysis and interpretation
  • Ability to operate effectively in a rapidly growing and dynamic changing environment.
  • Demonstrates a strong sense of commercial acumen through knowledge of industry best practice
  • Proven ability to articulate the distinct aspects of products and services.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate, present and influence all levels of the organisation, including executive and C-level.
  • Proven ability to develop, maintain and enhance relationships with a variety of internal and external networks
  • Proven IT Skills – Proficient in PowerPoint & Excel
  • A proven disciplined self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and/or remotely
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise and react to change quickly and positively and meet deadlines and attention to detail.
  • Flexible approach to working practices
  • Driving Licence
  • Committed to ongoing personal and professional development

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