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Head of Product Development and Product Management

Michael Page Marketing
England, West Midlands, Birmingham
£80000 - £100000 per annum
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

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Business Sector
Non Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
Buying, Category Management, Merchandising

The Head of Product Development role is critical in driving the residential and commercial product portfolio for the retail department and implementing a category roadmap to drive growth.

The role involves steering product innovation using sales data analysis, margin/profit analysis, range participation analysis, range mapping alongside the task of collating creative insight, trends forecasting and material technology/technical intelligence.

Client Details

Our client is a reputable player in the home improvement and general retail sector. With a workforce of over 500 dedicated professionals, they have a strong presence in the market. They operate from their base in Birmingham and have a firm commitment to delivering high-quality products to customers.

  • Identifying and developing relevant market/customer-led design initiatives that will support profitable growth
  • Comprehensive Product Range Definition & Portfolio Management
  • Creating useful and functional data for range mapping to further develop category road-map
  • Reviewing the profitability of ranges and taking the appropriate decision to develop/retain/reduce/eliminate
  • Leading & integrating closely on selection and decision making ensuring all business cases demonstrate clear profitability
  • Develop & maintain effective relationships with strategic suppliers being mindful of future trends and opportunities
  • Oversee and manage all stages of product development and innovation
  • Drive the strategic direction of the product portfolio
  • Ensure compliance with industry and company standards
  • Work closely with other department heads to achieve company objectives
  • Monitor market trends and competitor activity
  • Manage budget and resources for product development activities
  • Report directly to the company directors on product development progress


A successful Head of Product Development should have:
  • A Commercial degree from a recognised business school
  • Leadership experience in relevant Trading/ Product Development / Management role
  • Excellent communication skills with good IT knowledge (MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong numerical and commercial acumen with negotiation experience
  • Detailed knowledge of the U.K. market, suppliers, and products
  • Project Management with an ability to lead (and influence) large groups
  • Results-oriented and driven, flexible in all aspects with a willingness to travel
  • Extensive experience in product development within the industrial/manufacturing sector
  • Knowledge of the retail sector and consumer trends

Job Offer
  • An attractive salary package depending on experience
  • A highly established and inspiring work environment with the drive to succeed
  • Chance to make a significant impact in the trading supplies/ retail sector

We encourage all qualified candidates who are excited about this opportunity to apply. The Head of Product Management/ Development role offers a rewarding career in a progressive company.

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