Novation Head of Product

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Sep 02, 2020
Full time Product Manager

Job Description

Novation Head of Product
Type:
Full-time, permanent
Based: High Wycombe, with regular travel

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced product department leader to join the successful Novation team, and manage the Novation product portfolio. You will manage the Product Team, and support them in the definition and delivery of the Product Strategy required to meet the Company’s Vision and growth plans.

Your team will own each product’s lifecycle from concept through to end of life, making sure you have the right products, at the right price, at the right time.

This is a senior position, reporting directly to the Director of Product for the group. You will be engaging at Executive Leadership level to secure agreement on product strategy, roadmaps and priorities.

The Head of Product for Novation is responsible for the P&L, the overall strategy, and the resulting roadmap for all Novation branded products. The candidate will ensure the company grows by both expanding our current market share with continued differentiation initiatives, as well as growing into new market adjacencies.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the Novation product roadmap, from product vision and idea creation, throughout the product lifecycle, ensuring profitability, as well as consistency with company strategy
  • Analyse market size, channel sales, and customer data to derive best product plans and product strategies
  • Researching and understanding relevant customer personas, their use cases, and workflows, to help deliver winning products that solve their problems in a unique and compelling way
  • Propose, at regular intervals, product opportunities along with business cases and competitive strategies
  • Deliver multi-product roadmaps that achieve the company’s revenue and profit objectives
  • Create relevant and targeted customer value propositions, and communicate competitive positioning across the organization, to drive best-in-class execution for your products
  • Develop and maintain feature requirements for products (hardware and software), while making efficient trade-offs of features against profitability and time to market priorities
  • Assist in crafting customer-facing product copy, messaging and image assets
  • Work cross functionally to develop connected product strategies that support multiple customer personas and deliver highest value
  • Understand core technology across engineering to help prioritize efficient use of engineering bandwidth
  • Take a key role in any M&A activities associated with Novation product strategies
  • Continuously review product performance and marketing outcomes to ensure consistency with the strategy and business outcomes.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A strong understanding of the Product Management function
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Product Management, Product Marketing or Technical Marketing role
  • Strong analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative, with the ability to turn complex data into insight to inform decision making
  • A good understanding of the P&L and the tools available to improve financial performance
  • An ability to influence colleagues across many functions, territories and levels
  • A clear, confident and influential communicator
  • A creative mind with a clear customer focus at all times
  • A passionate and determined problem-solver
  • A self-starter, capable of working independently
  • Able to manage and prioritise multiple work streams simultaneously, with a strong focus on timely delivery of objectives
  • Computer literate, with a knowledge of Mac, PC and iOS operating systems
  • A strong understanding and passion for the music-making industry, the creative customer and the technology behind Novation products

About Us

Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity. We want to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy making music, from musicians trying to capture their unique sound, to the professionals delivering the greatest shows on earth. The Focusrite Group has an illustrious history with four Queen's Awards for Enterprise among a host of other accolades. We comprise six successful and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning over four decades, our brands continue to shape the music-making world.

Focusrite leads that world in audio interfacing technology – more musicians record through Focusrite than any other brand. The Focusrite Pro team are focussed on the complex needs of the audio professional for whom sound is not just a passion, but a way of life. Martin Audio have been uniting audiences for almost five decades with their awe-inspiring touring and installation loudspeaker systems. Based in Berlin, ADAM Audio are precision innovators in the field of professional monitoring and loudspeaker technology, made famous by their unique ART ribbon tweeter. Novation is obsessed with helping electronic music makers find new ways to produce and perform new music. Born out of that team and based in Tileyard, King's Cross, London, Ampify Music make innovative music-making apps that are highly accessible, yet extendable and deep.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in, and that's not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means remaining open to new ideas. We enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture, where we can all contribute and everyone is heard as we grow and develop, both as individuals and as a team. We encourage innovation and fresh-thinking and are passionate about the inspirational solutions we create. Behind our success is a tightly knitted, like-minded family of music and audio lovers. We're always pulling together to try and make a difference; our frequent appearance in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For' is testament to this.

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage people to apply regardless of religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognise the diversity shortcomings of our industry and are committed to driving change. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible working, home working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions, hold making things easy days, encourage personal development training, run lunch and learns and facilitate external visits.