Senior Product Manager

Jackson, MI | Permanent | Job ID #44615 |
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Our Ann Arbor area client is a powerhouse in the energy industry known for excellence, cutting edge products, quality, reliability and ingenuity. Due to the company’s exponential growth, they are expanding their Product Development Department. The Senior Product Manager is an integral to the team’s success. If you are ready for a challenge, please continue reading.

You will be responsible for the product lifecycle (inception to delivery), market research, P&L, marketing strategy, customer support, pricing and quality. You will breathe life into it.

Experience with SaaS is a must as you will integrate your knowledge of hardware and software platforms. Also, you will interact with Finance, IT, Legal, and Supply Chain leaders.


  • Determines customers' needs and desires by specifying the research needed to obtain market information
  • Recommends the nature and scope of present and future product lines by reviewing product specifications and requirements; appraising new product ideas and/or product or packaging changes
  • Assesses market competition by comparing the company's product to competitors' products.
  • Provides source data for product line communications by defining product marketing communication objectives
  • Obtains product market share by working with Sales to develop product sales strategies.
  • Assesses product market data by calling on customers with field salespeople and evaluating sales call results
  • Provides information for management by preparing short-term and long-term product sales forecasts and special reports and analyses; answering questions and requests
  • Facilitates inventory turnover and product availability by reviewing and adjusting inventory levels and production schedules
  • Brings new products to market by analyzing proposed product requirements and product development programs; preparing return-on-investment analyses; establishing time schedules with engineering and manufacturing
  • Introduces and markets new products by developing time-integrated plans with sales, advertising, and production
  • Determines product pricing by utilizing market research data; reviewing production and sales costs; anticipating volume; costing special and customized orders
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results
  • Mentors product management by assisting in the training of junior employees
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum of 10 years' experience in product development in B2B, B2C or SaaS products
  • An MBA is preferred


  • Training and supervision experience
  • Working and directing project teams
  • Successfully scheduling projects
  • Running meetings
  • Working directly with stakeholders in a professional and ethical manner
  • Managing project budgets
  • Professional certification from an accredited certification program: Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects from development to project closure
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project budgets and project schedules, properly document projects, and work well with customers to achieve customer satisfaction on every job

Competency Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, etc.
  • Ability to compose and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and/or the public
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and simultaneously deal with abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to assist employees in understanding project objectives and specifications and see various points of view


  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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