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Research & Development Manager

Niagara Falls, Ontario · Manufacturing
Research & Development Manager (#16269856)

Location: Niagara Region - ON-SITE!!!
(Relocation Expense!)
Industry /Business: Consumer Goods, E-Commerce

About the Job:
Reporting to the Research & Development Manager at their Niagara Falls location, the successful candidate will be responsible for working closely with senior management to develop and implement new products. You will create new products & product features that provide the company with a competitive edge.


  • Oversee and lead the Research & Development team, providing mentorship and guidance as needed. 
  • Empower the team towards achieving corporate objectives, departmental goals, and personal goals by sharing “the why” and the needs of the business. 
  • Develop annual department objectives that align with individual team KPIs.
  • Brainstorm new and creative growth and optimization strategies with the team
  • Establish and communicate clear priorities to the team to ensure timelines are being adhered to and project milestones are being met. 
  • Review projects/tasks and delegate appropriately 
  • Collaborate with different teams as the key stakeholder for product and brand strategy.    
  • Train and develop a successful team by identifying any skill gaps within the department. 
  • Develop individual performance goals, conduct monthly one-on-one feedback sessions, and complete annual performance reviews to ensure alignment with corporate objectives. 
  • Support the team by helping to solve any roadblocks or challenges that may arise in the development process. 
  • Strive to improve team member experience through optimization and automation of software and processes   Category & Product Strategy
  • Create category and product plans for our brands based on a thorough review and understanding of consumers needs, competitor offerings, lessons learned, customer/professional reviews and other data.
  • Review various reports including margin analysis, product goals vs actuals, promotion results, and more to make strategic decisions regarding product direction.
  • Monitor external conditions, including markets, competition, demographics, supply chain, product reviews, and returns to meet customer needs while maintaining market competitiveness and profitability.
  • Provide strategic product positioning information to various departments including Marketing. 
  • Manage the submission and maintenance of product patents and brand trademarks.

New Product Development
  • Develop and manage new product development projects/annual product pipeline to achieve successful business and brand strategy.
  • Develop high performance products that provide the best value to the consumer and achieve the highest overall user experience. 
  • Recommend and maintain annual product and category pricing strategy. 
  • Lead a team of product developers to ensure they are driving the product development cycle using our Stage Gate System starting with discovery, building a business plan, development, testing and validation, launch, and post launch review. 
  • Ensure proper safety certifications and royalties are applied to each product during development.
  • Be the central voice of product development direction and ensure suitable communication/updates are being documented and provided to all stakeholders.  
  • Evaluate and select the best suited technologies for each new product development project.
  • Achieve profit margin targets for each product in development by negotiating costs and managing other costs (logistics, amortization, etc.) 

 Vendor Management
  • Validate potential business partner’s competencies, onboard, and maintain relationship including contract vendors, component vendors, firmware design houses, industrial and mechanical engineering firms, audio engineers, consultants, and factories.
  • Work closely to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with partners.
  • Negotiate directly or provide direction of negotiation to team for bill of materials, price, terms, and conditions with business partners.
  • Organize and maintain terms and conditions, project agreements, and other agreements with business partners. 

Quality Assurance
  • Oversee key quality assurance KPIs on product defect and return rates. 
  • Ensure timely qualitative and quantitative analysis to make recommendations to continuously improve product performance KPIs. 
  • Assist QA team with complex product defect issues by taking a hands-on approach in product testing and solution validation. 
  • Assist with the development of quality control documents and reviewing audits of production and factories. 
  • Manage product performance and user experience to ensure a successful product lifecycle.  

  • Develop and monitor annual department budget.
  • Organize and plan business trips throughout the year to meet with overseas vendors and attend trade shows. 
  • Undertake additional duties as assigned to achieve the objectives and company goals.
  • University degree in Business, Marketing, or Electronics Engineering, or a related field   
  • 7-10 years of experience in product management, taking products from concept to implementation, with proven results
  • 7-10 years of experience in project management and factory relations 
  • 7 years of experience conducting competitive analysis and market research
  • 5 years managing 5 or more product development employees.
  • 5 years of vendor management experience
  • 5 years demonstrated experience in consumer electronics hardware.  
  • Strong passion for delivering high performance products that meets product, design, and business goals.
  • Technically minded and keenly interested in technology and consumer product trends.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
  • Strong written and oral skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and achieve timely project completion. 
  • Ability to follow and adhere to policies and procedures related to product development.
  • Ability to strive for continuous improvement in the product development process. 
  • Knowledge and experience in negotiation
  • Willing to travel to business partners in United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Europe and other locations as required (2-4 times per year) as well as industry trades shows (2-4 times per year)
You Will Stand Out If
  • You have experience managing multiple product categories.
  • You have your PMP designation or Six Sigma designation. 
  • You have experience with Asana and SmartSheets

This client is motivated to hire quickly!!
Please apply today!


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