Category Manager Hob Extractors & New Products
Fabriano (Ancona), IT
7h fa

About Franke

Franke is a world leading provider of products and solutions for residential kitchens and bathrooms, professional foodservice, coffee preparation and semi- / public washrooms established in 40 countries.

At Franke, we want to make everything we do wonderful - from what we manufacture and design, to the way we deal with our partners, customers and each other.

Franke Home Solutions is the world’s leading provider of intelligent systems for food preparation and cooking, including sinks, taps, hoods, worktops, and cooking appliances.

Systems designed to make every kitchen wonderful!

This position is centered around the management of the Hob Extractors product category for the Franke Home Solutions division on a global scale .

It is also focused in exploiting and developing new products related to categories near hob extractors and hoods in general and in coordinating innovation activities and platform project for the whole hoods category.

In this sense, the focus is primarily Europe (including Russia and Turkey) and North America. You will be joining the Global Category Management organization and you will report to the head of the Hood category.

In this role, you will have full autonomy of the category but under the guidance of the category head, which in turn reports to the Vice President Category Management .

You will count on the support of a broad country cluster product management organization in terms of a dedicated hoods product manager for each of the clusters.

The roles and responsibilities are as follows :

  • The Global Category teams (in which this role is included) focus in general on defining the global standard product portfolio, driving the product lifecycle management and the innovation roadmap
  • The Cluster Category teams focus on implementing the central strategy, driving the generation of market insights (customer needs, competitive environment, etc.
  • and distributing product knowledge & capabilities (i.e. trainings) in the respective cluster markets

    Main Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute the Category Strategy / Roadmap which captures all market and product needs coming from cluster organization & market insights for hob extractors and new products
  • Manage product portfolio (i.e. introduction, product lifecycle & margin management), including marketing story development, training support and price recommendations
  • Investigate new business / product family opportunities, building and implementing a full business development strategy
  • Coordinate Innovation process, driving R&D scouting activities and focusing on consumer needs
  • Serve as the central resource with design, process, manufacturing, test, quality and marketing as the product(s) move to production and distribution
  • Main Requirements and Competencies :

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing or Engineering (Master’s degree preferred)
  • 5+ years of strong product management experience in multinational companies
  • Work experience in the appliance industry and understanding of the hoods product category in relations to trends, market players and technical aspects on a global scale are a plus
  • Very strong project management skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving, can-do attitude, analytical skills and focus on innovation and change
  • Attitude to work in team integrating and coordinating the activities of other resources
  • Strong drive for results, attention to costs and ability to work under strict deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Fluent English and Italian (spoken & written). Other languages are a plus, especially German
  • Proficient in all MS Office Applications, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Willing to travel internationally >
  • 30% (according to Covid travel regulations in the respective countries)

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