Posted on: 09 December 2023
ID 894950

Product Manager

Job description:

We are hiring!

At Sappi, we are a leading global provider with a reputation for delivering high-quality sustainable Woodfibre products and solutions for the global markets. We lead through our values centred around safety, integrity, courage, making smart decisions which we execute with speed. We are seeking unique people who believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive and safe environment.

Were on the lookout for a vibrantProduct Manager to be responsible for all management of products at a mill (e.g. defining products, product specifications, product design, application to market, benchmarking against international products) and also the engineering of products that are fit-for-use and maximise the profitability.

This role reports into the Senior Technical Product Manager

As Product Manager you will be responsible for:
  • Overall responsibility for every product made at the relevant Mill.
  • Consistently monitor quality and customer feedback related to those products and give regular feedback to Mill personnel.
  • Monitor product cost and work with mill and customers on ways to reduce costs.
  • Product development to meet current and future market demands (coordinates development from inception to future requirements
  • Responsible and coordinate and ensure that regular business team meetings take place at the Mill between sales, business management, mill personnel and product manager to enable product management function
  • Strategically identifying the shortfalls within the mill to manage the market requirements as it relates to the product. Making recommendations to the mill or the HOD of departments
  • Provide Business Managers and Sales Managers with necessary product and marketing tools (specifications, product characteristics etc.)
  • Responsible for the planning and running of trials at mills and at customers with Technical Product Specialists and sales
  • Develop market strategies, plans, budgets, and forecasts.
  • Benchmark competitor costings and product performance by coordinating between sales teams and mills as well as international market research)
  • Manage cost-saving and margin-enhancement projects for portfolio products
  • Responsible for product development initiatives at the respective mill.
  • Visit customers with sales representatives.
  • Manage product certification process, not limited to MOSH/MOAH; FSC; Typical values; FDA/BFR compliance.
What are we looking for?
  • Tertiary qualification/degree or recognised equivalent, with technical training and experience in paper making.
  • 5 years or more technical/manufacturing experience, with a focus on cost management and product engineering ideally within the printing, packaging or paper industries.
  • The candidate must have a strong technical background with commercial experience.
Whats in it for you?
  • Opportunity to work within a global organisation that continues to thrive in a rapidly changing world even after 80 years of existence
  • Learning and development programmes to fast-track your career within Sappi
  • Opportunities to travel
  • Market leading leave benefits
  • Employee wellbeing benefits
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