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  • Product Development Coordinator

  • Business: Wickes
  • Sector: Marketing
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Competitive + Bens.
  • Hours of work: 37.5 hours a week
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 21-Jan-2019
  • Job reference: 19681

Job Description

Wickes is an exciting, fast paced, changing environment and we have a lot going on for 2019! We strongly believe our culture is one of the many reasons people join us as well as the opportunity to excel and get involved in different initiatives, we’re a great bunch!


What are we looking for


We are looking to bring on board an Assistant Product Development Manager  to work with our Kitchen & Bathroom team. The role supports the Kitchens & Bathrooms Commercial Team on category portfolio management. Helping forecast trends with a focus on the delivery of detail led data analysis, consumer & trade market data analysis  with a focus on insights, product design, innovation & development.


You will play a key part in taking the range from conception to delivery through the Wickes range review process with the Category Manager . The role requires the engagement and collaboration of the Wickes stakeholders to delivery of the Range Review on time and in budget.



Key Accountabilities


The post holder must be able to balance design and commercial aspects and be aware of the correct timings for market entry on innovation. They must possess the gravitas to manage key relationships with senior Board / Exec members and an ability to take stakeholders ‘on a journey’ balancing creative output with robust business cases.


Ideally you will have strong persuasive skills and stakeholder management skills to lead alignment and harmonisation programmes. This must be based on fact (strong market evidence) to support profitable delivery, the post holder is responsible for creating the fact based business case including financials on the size of the opportunity and implications and risks associated with non delivery.


The role requires creative , analytic and implementative abilities – the candidate must possess capabilities across each area and use data and insight from various sources to deliver strong business cases for opportunities.  The candidate must be comfortable managing multiple projects and must be comfortable presenting to groups up to Board level. On the job training and mentoring will be provided where needed.


As a Product Development Coordinator, your main priorities will be to:


  • Identify and develop relevant market/customer led design initiatives that will support the profitable growth of both Kitchen & Bathroom Categories


  • Review the profitability of ranges and (along with the Category Managers) taking the appropriate decision to develop / retain / reduce / exit.


  • Develop constructive, effective and supportive relationships within the Category and Technical team and importantly with the Marketing teams to deliver the category range reviews.


  • Product Range Definition & Portfolio Management.

  • Creating usable and functional data for range mapping to further develop strategies on: Range reduction / portfolio management, NPD & Innovation, Lifecycle Management, Continuous product improvement and Value engineering.


  • Help deliver the on the implementation of NPD via  CGI / photography, catalogue content, in store graphics/POS, in-store layouts, bay designs, decorative specifications and display dressing solutions



What we are looking for in you


  • Graduate level in any discipline however Design or Commercial related degree is preferred

  • Experience in another product development role preferably within another trade/retail business

  • An excellent communicator with good IT skills (MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Strong analytic skills to manipulate data and identify opportunities

  • Strong commercial acumen and eye for design and trend of the UK home market

  • Ability to spot and interpret fashion and design trends

  • Ideally Technical awareness of Kitchens &  Bathrooms



What we can offer you


Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store. We’re part of the Travis Perkins Group, one of the UK’s top employers and that’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together.  It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make. Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be.  If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home


Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey - from family business to forward thinking business. If matching your ambition to our culture is an exciting prospect, there's never been a better time to join us. And if, like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of perks on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.



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