Senior New Product Introduction Manager
Belkin International

Job Description : Job Description :

Job Description :

As a Senior New Product Introduction Manager, you will be responsible for managing the supplier selection process, drive product cost control and production capacity across our original design manufacturer (ODM) and contract manufacture (CM) supply base.

Belkin is seeking an experienced Procurement / Global Supply Chain Management professional that will ensure we continue to successfully launch amazing new products that customers love and accelerate Belkin’s profitable growth over the coming years.

The NPI Manager works closely with Product Management, Program Management and Engineering, Quality and other cross functional teams representing the Global Supply Chain during the product development process, from concept to EVT, DVT, PVT, MP and ramp up.

Extremely strong communication, partnering, and influencing skills are required, as is a working knowledge of the manufacturing environment.

Specific Responsibilities :

  • Partner with engineering and product marketing during the product definition phase to assess cost feasibility. Familiarity with cost estimating and cost modeling is a plus.
  • Leading the RFI, RFQ and supplier selection process, including cost and contract terms negotiations.
  • Partner with the cross functional team members to mitigate cost creep throughout the development process prior to product launch.
  • Coordinate with suppliers during the RFQ process and throughout development to validate tooling capacity, assembly capacity, capability and launch readiness;
  • creating capacity analyses and CTB (Clear To Build) detailed reports.

  • Identify, assess and manage any needed capital investments needed for product manufacturing at the ODM / CM.
  • Drive any necessary risk buys or long lead part procurement decisions.
  • Coordinate with Global and Regional Product Management teams to position early purchase orders to support launch.
  • Coordinate with Global Planning team to transition on-going supply / demand support once the product has successfully launched.
  • Adhere to ISO 9001 and 14001; understand and fully support IS0 system.
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements of Belkin.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment.
  • Understand and follow company rules and regulations.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned and required.
  • Core Competencies :

  • Cost and terms negotiation : Strong negotiations skills are needed to lead all cost negotiations and new supplier terms agreements ensuring products meet their financial goals.
  • Budget / Cost Control : Plan for and use resources efficiently, always look for ways to reduce costs, create accurate and realistic budgets, track and adjust budgets, contribute to budget planning.
  • Decision Making / Judgment : Recognize problems and respond, systematically gather information, sort through complex issues, seek input from others, address root cause of issues, make timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, use consensus when possible, and communicate decisions to others.
  • Initiative : Tackle problems and take independent action, seek out new responsibilities, act on opportunities, generate new ideas, practice self-development.
  • Job Knowledge : Understand duties and responsibilities, have necessary job knowledge, have necessary technical skills, understand company mission / value, keep job knowledge current, be in command of critical issues.
  • Problem Solving / Analysis : Break down problems into smaller components, understand underlying issues, simplify and process complex issues, understand the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.
  • Productivity : Manage a fair workload, volunteer for additional work, prioritize tasks, develop good work procedures, manage time well, and handle information flow.
  • Quality : Be attentive to detail and accuracy, committed to excellence. Present work in a professional format, with figures checked and correct grammar and spelling.
  • Look for improvements continuously, and go the extra mile to present a complete and polished finished product. Monitor quality levels, find root cause of quality problems, own / act on quality problems.

  • Team Leadership : Anticipate and resolve conflicts, turn team diversity into an advantage, use unique team talents, define processes and goals, work for consensus.
  • Education and Experience Requirements :
  • Bachelor degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of purchasing / sourcing experience.
  • Familiarity with manufacturing environment required; consumer electronics is preferred but not required.
  • Exceptional computer literacy including proficiency with Excel and other Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
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