Product Cost Manager

Xiamen - China
Published: November 09, 2017
Product Cost Manager- Design for Value and Cost

Are you interested in materials technology and driven by working with product development? Do you want to use your technical expertise and commercial understanding to optimize the value and cost of our new products during our New Product Development (NPD) process? And would you like to take Design for Value into our products from concept phase to mass production?

Through its Jabra brand, GN Audio is a world leader in innovative hands free audio solutions, and as Product Cost Manager, you work in Operation Project Management within Global Supply Chain & Sourcing. With your technical skills and commercial flair, you work with Product Management and R&D in building solid business cases from concepts to actual product delivery.

We work with strategic sourcing
Working in a global team with offices in China and Denmark, you join a team of dedicated colleagues in Xiamen, China. We work with strategic sourcing and build solid business cases for any new Products being launched together with R&D & Product Marketing.

As Product Cost Manager, it is your responsibility to guard the product cost by challenging R&D on their suggested technologies, specifications or material selections. You will use your experience to work with the responsible Commodity Manager in Global Sourcing to ensure the best possible product cost.

It is your job to

1. Drive all Procurement activities in projects during our New Product Development process.
2. Investigate and motivate for cost effective design and manufacturability through mapping of value/cost opportunities related to product and design options.
3. Reduce product cost uncertainty and risk.
4. Enforce standardization and modularization where applicable.
5. Successfully manage your stakeholders to ensure commitment to achieve best product cost.

For us is success measured as defining and achieving ambitious product cost targets in a professional way.

Technical understanding combined with commercial skills
You probably have a technical background, combined with 5+ years of international business and economics experience, providing you with great commercial skills, although having had operational ownership within a mechanical or electronic segment. Moreover:

1. You have a background within Sourcing/Procurement with a detailed understanding of cost drivers on both component and product assembly level. Cross functional experience is an advance.
2. You are experienced in working with product development understanding cost of parts, surface structures and tools. Consumer electronics experience is an advantage.
3. You have experience with LEAN, Design for Value/cost and should cost modelling.
4. You have proven project management experience, and it is a plus if you have worked with MRP systems.
5. You speak and write fluent English.

As a person, you are solution orientated and have a good business understanding combined with cost consciousness and strong interpersonal and negotiation competences. You have a strong drive, allowing you to challenge the way we do things and you maintain a passion for quality and attention to details. Finally, you have a strong customer focus and thrive, working in a team where you share your knowledge.

GN Audio
Through its Jabra brand, GN Audio is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of headsets and speakerphones. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, GN Audio’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless communication and audio solutions that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort and functionality. GN Audio employs approximately 925 people worldwide.