Senior Product Manager, Food and
Environmental Testing – Foster City, CA
Senior Product Manager, Food Testing
Product Manager /
Senior Product Manager, Food and Environmental Testing
Life Even Better.
When it comes to the vision of shaping discovery and improving life, no
other company can match the breadth of products and services in the life
sciences field to meet this vision than Life Technologies. Created
through the combination of biotechnology leaders Applied Biosystems and
Invitrogen, Life Technologies’ systems, consumables and services enable
researchers to accelerate scientific exploration, driving to discoveries
and developments that improve the human condition and the world around
us. Our customers do their work across the biological spectrum, working
to advance personalized medicine, regenerative science, molecular
diagnostics, agricultural and environmental research, and 21st century
forensics. With historical sales of approximately $3.5 billion, a
presence in more than 100 countries, and a rapidly growing intellectual
property estate of over 3,600 patents and exclusive licenses, we are
poised to truly shape the world of science. Join a team of more than
9,500 employees around the world who are engaged, curious, insightful,
responsible and driven to make life even better.
The Senior Product
Manager will provide strategic leadership and execution for products in
our Food and Environmental Testing business group. This person will
develop and manage a portfolio of on-market and new products, including
but not limited to sample prep, food pathogen assays, and other products
related to food microbiological testing workflow. S/he will
be responsible for development of long-term strategy, product definition,
positioning, and product lifecycle management. Responsibilities
include developing marketing plans and business forecasts, leading new
product development teams, and maintaining current information on
competitors and product-related markets (domestic and
Analyze market trends,
customer requirements and competitive strategy, and identify
opportunities for increasing customer and business value through
Lead new product
development process from concept through commercialization, including
voice of customer research, definition of customer and product
requirements and value proposition, manage product launches and sales
supply, demand, revenue, margin and pricing for product portfolio; update
and present forecasts regularly to management, finance, and manufacturing
collaboratively with other members of AB’s Food and Environmental Testing
team to drive growth for the business segment.
Must have proven
ability to build relationships and lead teams which include
representatives from multiple functional areas, including R&D, Sales,
Program Management, and Manufacturing.
Must be able to
manage project scope, budget and schedule to achieve timely completion of
experience in motivating teams and resolving conflict.
Must have excellent
communication skills including oral, written and presentation techniques.
Must be an experienced
user of common computer applications such as MS Project and Excel.
Nature and Scope
interacts with varying levels of internal and external personnel and will
require direct customer communication, public presentation, and a team-focused
approach. Strong business and customer focus are essential. Effectiveness
in this role requires the ability to clearly communicate verbally and in
writing Life Technologies’ product development and marketing plans, and a
general knowledge of operating plans as well as industry practices for
developing, promoting and selling similar products. The incumbent
exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in
selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining
results, and is able to synthesize a decisive path forward based on all
available information. Interaction normally requires the ability to gain
cooperation of others and conduct presentations of technical information.
May provide general guidance or direct supervision to other
(international and domestic) is required.
To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be highly conversant with the needs of
Food and Environmental Microbiology testing customers.
Demonstrated effectiveness in product management or similar role
including participating in market analysis, planning and new product
development required. Strong communication skills as well as
analytical, project management and planning skills necessary. Business
development skills and cross-functional team leadership experience
preferred. The ability to see new business opportunities, set and meet
aggressive objectives and develop strong working relationships will be
required for success.
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills,
and/or ability required.
Bachelor’s or advanced degree in life sciences (Biology, Chemistry,
Biochemistry or related field) or the equivalent education and experience
are required. M.B.A. preferred.
Requires knowledge and
skills normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree
(B.A./B.S.) business or life sciences. Degree in Microbiology
or Food Microbiology highly desirable; MBA preferred.
Significant (5-10 years)
relevant experience, including direct experience in food safety /
food pathogen detection environment.
Excellent verbal and
written communication skills required. Ability to effectively
communicate value proposition and technical information to a range
of customer and internal audiences required. Experience
developing and presenting technical materials required.
Understanding of food regulatory environment (USDA, FDA,
international agencies); understanding of and experience with
international validation processes (AOAC, AFNOR, etc.).
Experience with molecular
testing methods, especially real-time PCR, a plus.