Assistant Product Manager-Electronics

CWD (Circus World Displays) - Niagara Falls, ON (30+ days ago)

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Assistant Product Manager will be joining our Research and Development team to make a true difference and lead a team to ensure the development process of potential company products by detailing specifications, observations & outcomes while effectively communicating with potential and existing suppliers for our iconic brands Fluance, Electrohome, Nyrius & Magnasonic.

Assistant Product Manager-Full time

· Location: Niagara Falls, ON

· Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:15 am-5:00 pm on site

· Benefits: Full comprehensive (dental, medical and eye) 80/20 split-Family

· Relocation Bonus: Applicable for candidates who meet certain CWD criteria

· Other perks: Annual professional development fund, RRSP, Bonus, Fitness allowance, 50% off on CWD brands, team events & many more

· Company website: www.cwdlimited.com

About Us

CWD designs, markets & sells highest performance consumer electronics that are smart, simple and stylish. From high fidelity turntables to wireless video connectivity systems, we create innovative products that empower people. Our success is measured in our customer satisfaction ratings and cult-like following. We have been in business since 1961 and our creations can be found in millions of homes. Together in teams, as a company, as a community, we are committed to Creating What’s Different.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Product Development

  • Assist Research & Development Manager with product development projects from strategic planning to implementation while collaborating with other departments to maintain scope, time, cost and quality initiatives
  • Develop product strategy documents such as product business plans, minimum viable specifications, function maps and competitive product analysis
  • Test and evaluate prototypes and competing products
  • Develop and recommend category/product objectives and strategies
  • Monitor external conditions, including markets, competition and demographics to ensure products meet customer needs while maintaining market competitiveness and profitability
  • Research product ideas and technology

Vendor Management

  • Assist with negotiation of product bill of materials/pricing, payment terms and manufacturing lead times
  • Assist with validation of manufacturing facilities and competencies
  • Develop effective relationships and information flow with technology (hardware and software) developers
  • Review and manage project agreements
  • Assist with vendor onboarding and maintenance
  • Possibility to travel to within Canada, United States, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Taiwan as required

Quality Assurance

  • Assist with improvements and specifications with the Research & Development Manager and vendor
  • Review and make a recommendation on 3rd party quality assurance inspection reports
  • Test and validate prototypes

Other

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Research & Development Manager and Managing Director

The successful candidate requires:

Educational Experience

  • University degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or a related field with good academic standing
  • 5 years of experience in Product Development, Manufacturing Engineering or Quality role for Electronics
  • 3 years experience in a Marketing, Product Development, or Research and Development role
  • Qualified candidates should have 3+ years experience conducting competitive analysis and market research
  • Prior experience with vendor management is required
  • Worked for a medium-sized company (50+ employees)
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills required

Technical Skills

  • Understanding of PCBA, hardware mass production, root cause analysis processes and inspection processes
  • Knowledge of product development models (Stage-Gate experience would be an asset)
  • Understanding of inventory management processes

Cognitive Skills

  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Quality management
  • Financial planning/budget management
  • Risk management and assessment
  • Negotiation skills and persuasive communication
  • Vendor development
  • Contract agreement management
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Customer-focused
  • Creative problem-solving skills; strategic and “Out of the box” thinking
  • Very organized with the ability to change direction quickly
  • Strive to Create What’s Different

Emotional Intelligence

  • Self-awareness: strong desire to develop and improve yourself and knowing when to seek outside expertise and experience
  • Self-regulation: Controlling or redirecting disruptive impulses and moods
  • Motivation: remain self-motivated while creating enthusiasm in others
  • Empathy: understand and care about people’s current reality
  • Social skills: understand people, develop trust, and help them

If the above interests you, then apply to join a fast-paced, creative and energetic team!

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Manufacturing in Electronics Engineering: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Product Development: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Root cause analysis: 2 years (Preferred)
  • PCBA: 3 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Preferred)