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Group Product Director – Food Safety - Lenexa, KS



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Requisition ID: 24194BR

Position Summary:

Develop & Lead our Food Safety strategy & position our workflows, products & services to enable transformational change within the global market.

Through championing the food safety business, build & deliver a business that leverages the capabilities throughout the wider organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an ongoing 1-5 year strategic plan focusing on product lifecycle and market/customer needs. Ensuring a compelling value proposition with complete solutions for food safety customers (firstly focusing on enhancing current product performance, footprint and workflow) – driving towards complete customer solutions throughout the food value chain.
  • Direct the organization through significantly building and leveraging key stakeholder relationships, ensuring commercial relevance, operational capacity, R & D prioritization and financial robustness.
  • Responsible for delivering outstanding performance and development within food safety product and marketing management.
  • Strong individual contribution to overall revenue goals of food safety testing solutions – proposing sales and budget guidelines and assumptions then consolidate and critically review submitted regional sales plans. Balance product and tactical investments to bridge gap to the annual plan.
  • Support achievement of sales targets. Develop margin expansion through management of product value stream, range rationalization and clear price guidance to the organization.
  • Implement a winning positioning of products & solutions within context of evolving customer requirements and competitive landscape.
  • Identify & act on business/market development opportunities linked to our strategic road map and fully utilize internal governance process to support proposals.
  • Deliver standardized monthly reporting throughout food product and marketing management showing impact of actions on growth trend, counter measures, etc.
  • Develop and implement training programs with a ‘train-the-trainer’ ethos that enables capability and confidence to sell the whole food product range. Working with product management, R&D – including consideration to the entire workflow . (e.g. downstream applications and analysis of results) Supporting Training Manager to achieve impactful and revenue generating training outcomes.
  • Define user and market needs working closely with R&D to develop new products including co-ordination of product technical data – features, benefits and proof – building momentum post launch as well as a compelling customer value proposition at launch.
  • Drive cross functional communication to ensure continuous improvement in line with the demands of the customer.
  • Manage product launch plans including cross-selling plan. Supporting regions during and after launch process;
  • Ongoing care and support of product ranges; fostering strong relationships with key opinion leaders and experts in the field; monitoring customer satisfaction; lost-and-won-order-analysis; competitor activities; new customer needs and sales support materials.



  • Operations
  • Global Marketing Management
  • Corporate Accounts
  • R&D
  • BD
  • Marketing Communications team
  • Finance
  • Commercial sales leads and teams
  • Other Thermo Fisher Scientific divisions / initiatives


  • Product/application opinion leaders and experts in the field
  • Routine and key customers globally
  • Industry representatives

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Scientific discipline, PhD/ MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in product management – with a strong track record of commercial achievement in clinical markets and developing markets.
  • Ideally, food market background heading up a food testing lab lab OR contributing to food safety strategy and execution. Well networked. Technically strong. Making succinct summaries.
  • Strong track record in sales achievement with evidence of leveraging product business performance through strong relationships with key opinion leaders.
  • International work experience is highly valued as is the command of language(s) beyond English.
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of achievement in developing and launching products for microbiology.
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of achievement built from market/ customer focused knowledge, marketing concepts and practices.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management of cross functional teams.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills/ leadership skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skill.
  • Ability to lead and manage through ambiguity.
  • Customer and commercially focused first.
  • Willingness to travel (25-50%).

Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:

  • Strong commercial track record in life science/ food/ microbiology product management and marketing from product conception through ‘product recognized as high achiever.’
  • Demonstrate success of working, leading and influencing in a global matrix environment
  • Strong record for developing teams with commercial accountability


This position has been approved for Relocation Assistance

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.


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