Conceptual Cost Manager – manage costs for new products

GN Audio
Xiamen - China
Published: September 16, 2019
Are you driven by working with product development? And do you have solid experience with cost analysis and Design for Value? Do you want to use your commercial and technology knowledge to optimize costs and help shape the future of audio technology?

Become Jabra’s new Conceptual Cost Manager and help develop the many products from Jabra’s extensive audio technology portfolio – including everything from sports headphones to enterprise products such as conference speakers.

We work with global sourcing
Through its Jabra brand, GN Audio is a world leader in innovative hands-free audio solutions, and as Conceptual Cost Manager, you work in Operations Project Management within Global Operations. With your technical skills, knowledge of economics and commercial flair, you work with Product Management and R&D conceptual teams, building solid business cases from concepts to actual product delivery.
Working in a global team with offices in China and Denmark, you join a team of dedicated colleagues in Xiamen or Shenzhen, China. We work with strategic sourcing and build solid business cases for any new Products being launched together with R&D and Product Marketing.

Manage costs and help shape the future of audio technology
As Conceptual 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 and the responsible Partner Manager to ensure the best possible product cost. Doing so, you help ensure Design for Value in our products – from ideation to mass production.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

• Support the organization with value/cost analysis on our products, e.g. via should cost modelling, and target setting (permissible cost)
• Investigate and motivate for cost effective design and manufacturability through mapping of value/cost opportunities related to product and design options
• Provide cost estimation of product features, preliminary BOMs, NRE (external) and LOP, communicate and highlight risk and uncertainty in design choice and cost assumptions
• Successfully manage your stakeholders to ensure understanding of relation between product features and cost and ensure commitment to achieve best product cost.
• Clarify, communicate and reduce product cost uncertainty to de-risk NPI projects Pre-BC
• Own and develop cost estimation tools to ensure fact-based and qualified product cost target setting in business cases, as well as processes for delivering cost partnering to Product Management
• Support and represent sourcing strategies in concepting, enforce standardization and modularization where applicable
• Support Tech Studies value/cost analysis and anchor learnings in cost estimation tools
• Communicate implications and results of tech studies, design project, etc. to Global Operations

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

Technical understanding combined with economic and commercial skills
You have a technical background combined with 10+ years of international business and economics experience, providing you with great commercial skills – while you have also had operational ownership within a mechanical or electronic segment. Maybe you have previously held titles such as product cost manager, technical project cost leader or the like at companies specializing in audio or consumer electronics. It is imperative that 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 advantage
• solid experience in working with product development understanding cost of parts, surface structures and tools
• proven experience within project and cost management from a similar sector
• You have experience with LEAN, Design for Value/cost and should cost modelling.
• fluent capabilities in English, both written and spoken.
• strong presentations skills
• solid experience in facilitating and driving tear down exercises
• experienced in doing top down and bottom up cost estimates

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, and are used to working in teams where knowledge is shared, and ideas are freely discussed.

If this position has caught your attention and you wish to apply, please forward your motivation for applying along with your resume.