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Product Development Manager (D1174)

  • Job added:   14 September 2011
  • Salary :   c£45k salary, company car benefits
  • Location :   Central Southern England
  • Job Type :   Permanent
  • Company :   Southgate Consulting
  • Contact :   David Southgate
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  • Telephone :   01235 863 525
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Southgate Consulting is retained by the market leader in the provision of Specialist data, Warranty, Vehicle Claims Solutions and additional services to the Automotive Industry on a Global basis. With international backing, the business now needs to recruit an individual to develop new products and assist with the improvement of the existing product range. Additional key requirements are as follows;

• Maintain and develop existing accounts
• Provide frontline sales support to staff and customers
• Be an Ambassador for the company and continue to excel in customer relations
• Examine product efficiencies and enhancement
• Provide support to business units as required

As a result of this, pure marketing/product management is not necessarily required, and our Client would consider a sales support, account management or BDM style background from Automotive Manufacturer/Importer, Retail or key supplier sectors. Providing you have a thorough understanding of the industry and an ability to assimilate product detail/data quickly, and build strong relationships this could be the career move for you.

Obviously we require excellent levels of personal presentation, educational background (preferably to degree level), PC literacy and numeracy together with a thorough comprehension of customer service.

Pre-selection questions (YES answers required)

Are you able to demonstrate product development knowledge, ideally within a customer services environment?

Are you an automotive industry expert, with solid business acumen and an ability to influence at senior management level?

Are you impeccably presented with outstanding negotiation and ambassadorial abililty?

Does your experience to date cover broad aspects of both sales & marketing?

Can you give evidence in your career to date of both stability and progression?

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