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New Product Developer

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New Product Developer for Science Resources

Are you looking to develop your career? We have a fantastic opportunity for a New Product Developer to join our friendly team here at Findel. If you have a background in electronic engineering or experience as a Physics teacher, then we’ve love to hear from you.

In this exciting role, you’ll work with existing and new suppliers to develop innovative new secondary Science resources for the Phillip Harris brand, focusing on those which meet the learning outcome of students.

Findel is an eCommerce educational resources supplier in the UK and International schools and nurseries marketplace. We own several general and specialist educational brands including Hope, GLS, Davies Sports, Philip Harris, Spa4Schools, A-Z and LDA.

Brilliance and being able to shine is at our core and we want our people to be true to themselves, embody our values, strive for greatness, take the challenge, be different and above all care for and help others be the best they can. We look for people who want to inspire future generations and who play a part in moving Findel forward for the greater good. We want people to make our customers and suppliers glow by providing the best service possible and caring about what we do best for our business and the planet. We recruit people who stand out from the crowd, take responsibility for seeking out what adds value and think outside the box.

Your Role:

Some of the responsibilities of this exciting opportunity include:

o Develop an inspirational range of new products from concept to profitable sales, that supports teachers to deliver the secondary science curriculum.

o Work with the Buyer to develop a structured research programme to assess future customer needs; this will involve spending time in the marketplace.

o Develop product ROIs, working within budget constraints and forecasting levels.

o Manage the budgetary/costing process for all projects in the pipeline.

o Provide clear visibility of the project process and milestones, timelines and budgets.

o Work in partnership with the Merchandising team to manage stock in-take and sales forecasts.

o Work alongside the QA team to ensure that products are compliant with all the relevant quality standards.

o Identify products within the existing range that can be re-developed to improve their sales performance. This will involve some reengineering work and sourcing of components.

o Contribute to product launches, working alongside Marketing, Digital & Social.

About You:

We are ideally looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:

o This role would suit someone who has previous experience or a degree in electronic engineering, or experience as a Physics teacher.

o Ideally, some experience in a similar product development or an engineering role in a commercial environment, delivering revenue generating and profitable products to targeted audiences.

o Some experience of mechanical engineering and coding would be of benefit, but is not essential.

o Experience of engineering CAD software and ability to create technical drawings.

o Conversant with use of electronic test equipment and methods, eg. able to analyse circuits, check battery life, diagnose faults and propose alternative solutions.

o Management of critical path and process is essential.

o Strong understanding of science curriculum, UK education market and current teaching methods. Preference for a physics background, ideally educated to A level Physics.

o Ability to manage complex and varied stakeholders.

o Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with an ability to influence others and work collaboratively with other functions.

o Excellent negotiation and presentation skills.

o Strong understanding of ROI and budget management.

o Openness to new ideas, actively facilitates idea generation.

o Able to gather and report on industry information from a wide variety of sources.

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary & benefits package including 25 days holiday plus your Birthday off. Holiday purchase scheme, contributory pension, staff discounts, Employee Assistance Programme (including online GP & well-being support) & Cycle to Work scheme. We fully support a hybrid working arrangement, with the working week split between our collaborative workspace in Hyde (Greater Manchester) and working from home.

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