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  • Posted: Nov 25, 2021
    Deadline: Dec 10, 2021
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  • At LONGBRIDGE, by offering competent management and a distinctive approach, we strive to position businesses for sustainable growth. This is driven by our core objective which is focused on creating and sustaining growth for individuals and enterprises through innovation. With a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals assembled from various s...
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    Product Research and Development Manager

    ROLE INFORMATION:

    The Manager, Research & Development will play a leadership role in guiding the new product development on our core businesses as well as driving new category innovation. This role will ensure R&D activities drive to achieve strategic objectives, improve market position, and optimize profitability. Through close partnership with the marketing, sales, product development, and engineering teams, he/she will lead the development of new core products, optimization of current offerings, and identification and execution of cost savings initiatives.

    JOB DESCRIPTION: 

    • Collaborate with Marketing, Sales, Product Managers, and Engineering to develop innovation plans.
    • Leverage consumer insights to guide product innovation and renovation plans
    • Leverage internal and external resources to identify emerging problems (people, process, and culture) and translate these into new product ideas that are aligned with the business strategy.
    • Lead product development, process development, and ingredient technology efforts to develop and test new and improved products, cost optimization, and quality improvement.
    • Manage a complex and dynamic project portfolio to ensure the attainment of business goals, including prioritization and execution strategy.
    • Ensure robust experimentation/design principles and processes to achieve project objectives and commercial requirements (development efficiency, stability, shelf life).
    • Manage R&D personnel, including priority setting, coaching, and skill development
    • Develop and lead annual cost optimization plans
    • Develop and manage R&D Department budget, ensuring efficient utilization of resources and achievement of the annual business plan.
    • Collaborate with key customers as required to drive customer-specific innovation
    • Ensure ongoing evaluation of the competitive landscape and competitive innovation.
    • Meeting with business management, product managers, marketing, and the R&D team to discuss product ideas.
    • Conducting market research and evaluating similar products and their functions.
    • Collaborating with the engineering and marketing department on product feasibility.
    • Redesigning existing products to enhance functionality or reduce costs.
    • Creating design projects and specification sheets.
    • Presenting product designs to management and stakeholders.
    • Overseeing the engineering of product prototypes.
    • Testing prototype products for functionality, ease-of-use, longevity, and users’ acceptance
    • Overseeing the production process.
    • Handover designed products to Product Managers for commercialization and business management

    EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 

    • 10+ years of technology and business experience
    • BSc in business or science and engineering. Advanced business degree or PhD 
    • Excellent understanding of the product development process and innovation stage gate principle
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute technology strategy that delivers on business need
    • Strong project management skills and excellent communication, both oral and written
    • People leadership skills and the ability to manage, mentor and develop others.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: [email protected] using the position as subject of email.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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