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Group Product Development Manager

- in-house product development ambassador, strong leader and hands-on implementer


Do you want to deliver professional product development management? Can you identify potential new product opportunities in close cooperation with product managers and Vikan's Product Development Committee? And will you be able to ensure that Vikan's product portfolio continues to be market leading and is developed to meet hygiene standards, customer demands and market needs? Then you could be the Group Product Development Manager we are looking for on behalf of Vikan, which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of hygienic and efficient cleaning solutions.

Vikan has solid experience with market-driven innovation and launches a number of new products each year. Therefore, your overall mission will be to develop the most value-creating development projects for the customers together with your team and other departments. Internally, you will act as a product development ambassador, and you will participate in Vikan's ambitious growth strategy, acting as a role model and inspiration for your colleagues. In doing so, you will be a central part of Vikan's Product Development Committee, delivering the balance between strategic focus and progress in the Stage-Gate model and securing the deliverables of the operational tasks in ongoing projects.

Key responsibilities in the position will be to:

  • Identify potential new product opportunities in cooperation with Vikan's product managers and the Product Development Committee
  • Manage and coordinate product development projects and work closely with marketing and product management on launch plans, specifications, product sheets etc.
  • Evaluate and resolve technical feasibility, design optimisation and production issues
  • Understand feedback and needs from end users in the market and bring this knowledge into our product development processes
  • Work and coordinate with other departments and external partners to establish design, technology, product development and vendor strategies

Global mind-set, business acumen, a playing coach attitude and an approach to succeed

You have a relevant business background or education (technical or design degree) and experience with managing product development processes, as well as solid business experience. Ideally, you have knowledge about plastic moulding and applicable materials. Your colleagues characterise you as a natural leader with the confidence that makes people want to follow your lead, and you are a role model with a proactive and hands-on approach. Your global mind-set is always focused on development and results. Your professional background has given you the ability to operate in an international organisation with many stakeholders, internally as well as externally. Finally, you are dedicated to creating impact and do what it takes to 'get the job done', both by leading others and putting your team, the organisation and subcontractors' knowledge into play. Last but not least, it is very important that you play a central role in the process working hands-on with different tasks, lead projects, coordinate with external suppliers and by being visible within the organisation. You will mainly be working out of Vikan's headquarter in Skive.

What's in it for you?

You will join a successful international company, and you will have the opportunity to influence the content of the position and independently to make a difference. You will get a unique chance to influence the product development in Vikan and can expect exciting and varied tasks with a high degree of professional and personal development. Vikan provides a fantastic workplace with an enthusiastic and friendly environment in a very flat organisation. Your colleagues constantly strive to improve themselves in everything they do and value open communication and teamwork.

Application and CV

The recruitment process is handled by People & Performance. For further information about the position or the process, please contact Head of Recruitment Anders Jørgensen on +45 3051 7789. Please apply via the link on this page attaching your application and CV. All inquiries are treated confidentially.

Om virksomheden Vikan is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hygienic and efficient cleaning solutions. The company offers more than 100 years of innovation and an assortment of more than 1,000 different hygienic cleaning tools. All Vikan tools are tailored for use in industries where hygienic cleaning is essential. The company is Danish, has 225 employees and exports to more than 70 countries worldwide.

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