Product Manager

Job Title: Product Manager

Department: Product

Reporting to: Head of Product

Location: Reading, Berkshire, UK

Type (Full/Part time): Permanent Full Time

Job Context: Autino are seeking an experienced, highly motivated and passionate Product Manager to drive the designing, building and roll-out of products that deliver the company’s vision and strategy and that exceed customer requirements. We are an expanding company with blue-chip backing, producing multiple online products which offer different solutions to the automotive market and their customers.

Responsibilities:

  • Set the strategic context for the Autino products and develop new product ideas based on your industry experience and your contact with our customers and representatives from relevant market sectors
  • Create internal buy-in for the product vision and implement product strategies for the Autino products aligned to the company objectives
  • Own the product roadmap for the designated Autino products with a focus on customer expectation as well as market research, competitive analysis and benchmarking to help define new functions and features
  • Identify and qualify new markets and new market opportunities and develop new product roadmaps to address their needs
  • Identify and cultivate appropriate potential new partners that can best complement Autino’s business and ensure future growth
  • Act as a product evangelist to build awareness and understanding
  • Validate product requirements and specifications in collaboration with colleagues, customers and other partners
  • Define and manage vehicles for collecting customer feedback
  • Gather data on new product ideas and evaluate them for strategic, financial and market potential
  • Work with product development on new products and current product enhancements ensuring achievement of business objectives
  • Translate product strategy into detailed requirements using high-level wireframes, flow diagrams and clear and consistent product requirements
  • Play a lead role in the product lifecycle by prioritising requirements, participating in product and development meetings and taking the product/project/features to market launch
  • Support product development in resolving functional questions throughout the development effort
  • Lead introduction of products into new and existing markets
  • In conjunction with Sales and Marketing, develop and implement pricing strategies, core product messaging and positioning, and programs supporting the global customer base
  • Work with and train the Marketing and Sales teams to drive the development of product collateral, demos and training courses for product launches/product line enhancements.
  • Provide product life-cycle management for the product portfolio, to deliver the successful management of products against approved business plans
  • Measure product performance against agreed metrics
  • Analyse and report on the performance of features in production, reflecting on successes and identifying areas for continuous improvement.
  • Lead the cross-functional product team – consisting of Software Development, Projects, Marketing, Pre-Sales, Sales and ensure whole-product readiness.
  • Provide best practice leadership in Product Management helping to promote and engender good product development and disciplines.

Essential Skills & Requirements:

  • Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to roll up sleeves to get the job done
  • Proven strategic and commercial experience in a product management / product development role with a forward-thinking technology company
  • Proven track record of successful new product development using formal methodologies working with an Agile Technology Team, preferably using Scrum
  • Experience of developing and implementing go to market strategies for software products
  • Experience of strongly influencing product strategy
  • Ability to continuously prioritise development based on business value
  • Ability to create and foster consensus from the whole business for a coherent product vision that helps align sales, development, delivery and service teams

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of the Automotive industry and the use of technology and processes
  • Sound understanding of the principles of modern technology stacks, application development methodologies and hosting
  • Experience of SaaS and web-based technology solutions and their benefits
  • Software product internationalisation
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • MS/BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent preferred