Vice President of Product Development

<div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Our client is a global manufacturer of culinary equipment, accessories, and appliances solutions, as well as a service provider of workspace optimization for the food service and convenience store industries. They are part of a multinational compounded organization with several divisions and operations across continents, offering a century of experience working with tailor- made equipment for the largest and most recognized organizations in the food service industry worldwide.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

Nashville, TN Area

Career Opportunities International (C.O.I.)

<p>Your Global Talent Partner</p> <p>Career Opportunities International (C.O.I.) is a dynamic and progressive international search firm with offices in the US and Europe. C.O.I. assists companies large and small, across international borders, to find highly qualified professionals to fill mid and upper-level management positions.</p> <p>We have an international team of executive recruiters and partners who understand business from a global perspective but also have an in-depth understanding of local business practices in a multi-cultural society. We are dedicated and experienced professionals with the ability to identify the perfect match in the shortest time possible.</p> <p>Our clients trust that we will maintain the highest standards of integrity with a commitment to deliver unsurpassed results.</p>

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Overview: <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The VP of Product Development is a crucial global leadership role responsible for driving the innovation and development of new products within the division, to Marketing specifications. Will define the mission of product development in the division, ensuring the continuous growth and success of the organization in the highly competitive foodservice industry, with a combination of technical expertise, leadership skills, industry knowledge, and a passion for innovation.</p> <p>The ideal candidate will demonstrate a track record of driving successful product launches, a strategic mindset, and the ability to collaborate effectively with Marketing and across teams. This individual will be responsible for driving the development of the products from engineering through manufacturing, along with quality assurance product acceptance procedures to market release. Will also build a cohesive global team, creating centers of excellence, increasing technical competencies, establishing the NA development footprint, being champion of design quality, product management alignment and design for manufacturing.</p> <p>In line with corporate goals, the ideal candidate will also develop strong relations with the appropriate authorities and testing laboratories for product approval. Will provide direction on managing all product related regulatory matters, including the legalities of patent infringement, patent application, patent research and product liability. This person will be the face of the Company at trade association meetings, conventions, and client summits.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Ensuring the development of new products to Marketing specifications and corporate goals</li> <li>Managing the development process for new and/or potential products; liaising with customer and/or other departments to gain approval along with appropriate authorities and testing laboratories</li> <li>Provides direction and/or manages all product related legal issues including patent infringement, patent application, patent research and product liability</li> <li>Approving products for market release, maintaining all relevant data records and providing accurate information to product management. Work with other departments to recommend selling price and forecast sales of new and/or potential products</li> <li>Liaise with FAS to ensure all materials and processes are compliant with ANSI/FDA standards and testing is conducted to ASTM standards</li> <li>Manage all global smallware product complaints and any subsequent liability to ensure corrective actions are established and executed to minimize impact to the Division and its customers</li> <li>Take lead role in the development and establishment of all business tools and standards for the global smallware product development groups; support of all global smallware&rsquo;s teams to maximize information sharing and minimize product duplication</li> <li>Negotiate and establish price adjustment terms based on commodity indices and exchange rates</li> <li>Research, recommend and implement new manufacturing/sourcing channels to maximize competitive advantage</li> </ul>
Requirements: <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <ul> <li class="column">An Engineering degree, preferably with a master's degree in relevant fields (engineering, or industrial design)</li> <li class="column">A robust experience in product development is essential, in the foodservice industry or industries with similar challenges.</li> <li class="column">Candidates should have a proven track record of successfully launching new products and managing the end-to-end product development process in a global business environment</li> <li class="column">A deep understanding of the food service industry dynamics is necessary. This includes knowledge of market trends, customer needs, and a competitive landscape. Commercial kitchen equipment and systems knowledge is a plus<br /> Influencer, results driven, process oriented, global orientation with a hands-on leadership style. Ability to travel within the US and abroad</li> <li class="column">Strong strategic thinker, organizational leadership skills, innovation mindset, communicator and collaborator, project management skills and quality focus approach</li> <li class="column">Extensive experience on creating and developing global Quality high performance teams</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div>