Product Development Manager

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Product Development Manager

We may have an opportunity for you as a Product Development Manager!   We seek honest, authentic, engaged, and respectful individuals who strive to do their best in whatever they do. If this describes you, we ask you to consider McFarlane Mfg. Co. as an employer. We provide employees with an environment where “your Team” is like a family. We are continuing a 100-year old tradition of exemplary service to farms, families, and far beyond. We do all of this and provide many opportunities for our staff to contribute to and grow within this tradition.   The Product Development Manager manages the product life cycle for current products and assists in a leadership role in analyzing and developing business opportunities involving new products for assigned product lines. Continually investigate potential product improvements, enhancements, features, to the current product line to respond to changing market demands; develop appropriate action plans; monitor external research and regulatory activities that may alter future trends and requirements.Work with Sales Manager to identify competition’s products, distribution system, market shares, pricing, strengths, and weaknesses and track them on a continuous basis; work with Sales and Engineering Teams to identify and analyze business opportunities involving possible new products or current product line extensions.Responsible for representing Sales & Marketing, Engineering and Manufacturing throughout new product development process by partnering with all stakeholder personnel to bring new products and/or improved products to the market on a timely basis.Assist in the review of design, testing, and planning with Design Engineering departments.Work with the Sales Manager in the creation and production process of the price book for assigned product lines; develop and update pricing based on market conditions, competition, available features, and margins; forward pricing calculations to sales and marketing group for review; develop marketing plans and promotional materials for all current and new products as well as product improvements, and draft bulletins for product change releases.Present product training for internal Sales personnel, Territory Managers, Reps, Distributors and dealers at sales meetings, field demonstrations, trade shows, etc.; support sales by working select farm shows, answering product questions for customers, and conducting field demonstrations of product; travel as needed.    Education & Experience and Skills & Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Technology Management related fields preferred.  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Public Relations, or Agri-Business considered.   Minimum five (5) years job-related agricultural product development experience required; knowledge of specific tillage products, preferred.  Five (5) or more years of prior lead or management experience.Superior project management skills.Strong strategic mindset, with ability to plan, organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines.Strong mechanical aptitude with ability to present and operate various types of equipment.Ability to travel as needed.   Physical Demands & Safety Requirement:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Compensation is based on experience.  Competitive benefits package includes payments towards group health, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, 401k plus match, Paid Time Off, paid training, generous employee retail service center discount and more!  

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