The role is a combination of a traditional senior product management role together with the requirement to take the lead on product sourcing, which requires the selection and management of the product suppliers, which are largely China-based. This includes driving the best possible commercial terms whilst ensuring Core is not unduly exposed to risk in its procurement processes. You will work closely with Core’s Sales and Marketing teams to drive Core’s revenue and profits from the category, and with Core’s Operations and Customer Services team.
Portfolio:- Deliver a competitive portfolio to meet Core’s customer requirements - primarily Core’s independent retailer requirements, major multi-retailer requirements and end-consumer requirements in Core’s target sectors
Competitor Analysis:- Be the expert in understanding the competitive landscape to ensure products in the portfolio are comparable to competitor brands and where appropriate create product differentiation to maximise growth of current and new segments
Product Expert:- Be the product expert in terms of: specifications, impact of specifications on pricing, technical functionality etc.
Technical Lead:- Be the technical lead for the product roadmap, to ensure new technologies and coming trends are catered for as appropriate in portfolio developments
Product Positioning:- Develop product pricing and product positioning strategies for each sector to drive growth
Sourcing:- Lead the product sourcing and supplier management functions. Select and manage product suppliers to maximise Core’s commercial position whilst minimising Core’s commercial and regulatory exposure. This includes working with Chinese suppliers on product development. [Note this also includes working with UK suppliers to find ‘gap filler’ lines and other branded products as well as handsets]
Quality & Compliance:- Own product compliance and quality to ensure all products are fully compliant with UK regulations prior to launch and that quality is maintained through product lifecycle
New Product Introduction Process:- Own the NPI process to ensure effective launch management. Work closely with suppliers, customers and the Core team to deliver successful product launches.
This role is currently home based due to Covid; new offices are being sought in either central london/M25 SW corridor