Product Manager / Business Manager, Ceramics

Posted 23 January by Wallace Hind Selection
Are you an ambitious and commercial Product Manager/ Business Manager, Ceramics?

We are offering a leadership position, reporting to the Board. This is an upward career move with a prestigious technology and consultancy organisation and comes with a lucrative package, including relocation assistance for the right candidate.

SALARY: £55,000 - £65,000

BENEFITS: Performance-related BONUS + Relocation Assistance + Car Allowance of up to £6,000 + Pension (5% Company Contribution) + Private Medical Cover

LOCATION: Stoke-on-Trent

WE WOULD WELCOME APPLICATIONS FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Oxford, Birmingham, DERBYSHIRE, London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Stourbridge, STAFFORDSHIRE, Stoke, Nottingham, Burton-upon-Trent, Manchester, Huddersfield, Rotherham, Leeds, YORKSHIRE, Derby, Loughborough, STAFFORDSHIRE, Oxford, Bristol, London, South-West England

REQUIREMENTS: You will have an academic grounding in Ceramics, coupled with demonstrable experience of Ceramics commercialisation in any industry sector.

You may already be in a successful leadership position or alternatively aspiring to become a future leader.


As a Product Manager/ Business Manager, Ceramics, you will lead profitable growth of the Ceramics business, with both technical and commercial leadership responsibility.

You will own the P&L and have budget accountability for the business unit, coupled with business development responsibilities.

You will create a business plan for the growth of the ceramics business, by incorporating clear market needs and matching that to our existing capabilities, as well as identifying requirements for future investment, whether in skills or capital equipment.

As the customer facing technical expert in technical ceramics, this role requires the creation of technical solutions for customers that have applications for these materials and processes. These will be primarily in the energy, electronics, medical and aerospace industries.

You will lead a team of ceramic/process scientists/engineers, both directly and cross-functionally.

Projects could be long term, where novel technologies need to be taken from concept to commercialisation and the customer needs to commit to multiple stages of development; or more discrete projects involving existing processes that require optimisation due to inefficiencies, failures, or any other need for improvement or adaptation.

RESPONSIBILITIES - Product Manager / Business Manager, Ceramics

* Develop and own business plan for the ceramic materials team
* Conduct face-to-face customer visits, sometimes accompanied by commercial colleagues, to ascertain critical customer requirements and challenges. 20-25% of your time will be spent visiting customers internationally.
* Work with the commercial teams to develop concepts for client challenges
* Formulate feasibility studies, generating work scopes and deliver comprehensive reports
* Develop relationships with external suppliers/collaborators to provide access to specialist resources and skills that we will need to deliver some of the services outlined in the work
* Convince target customers in the credibility of our services and technology platforms, to help secure new business
* Respond to customer challenges and questions at the front and back-end of technology project discussions


We are an established and prestigious Ceramics management consultancy, with an exceptional industry pedigree. Our client portfolio contains a diversified mix of manufacturers and companies across a wide range of industries and we couple technological expertise with a market-driven customer approach.

An international company providing materials development, technologies, consultancy, testing and analysis to a diverse range of industries; from biomedical/ healthcare, construction, aerospace, nuclear, defence and power generation.

We employ some of the very best people, from scientists to engineers and sales & marketing staff.

Our commercial evolution has allowed us to be nimble and deliver at pace.

Continued success has now created the opportunity for further internal growth therefore this is a unique chance to truly make a difference to customers whilst stamping your mark on our organisation.

It is highly likely you will have worked in any of the following roles and/or markets, and worked with the following products and/or services: Product Manager/ Business Manager, Ceramics Sales Engineer, Ceramics Sales Manager, Ceramics Business Development Manager, Refractories, Refractory, Ceramic, Pottery, Materials Development, Materials Science, Binder Jetting, Additive Manufacturing. Laser Sintering. Glass-ceramics, Aerospace, Ceramics and Joining Technology, Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Food Processing Technology, Environmental Engineering, Textiles, Power Engineering, Paper Technology, Plastics Engineering, Metal Engineering, Military Engineering, Measuring Systems

Please Note - We have been selected as the exclusive retained partner for this role so any direct applications to our client from candidates or agencies will be forwarded on to us direct.

INTERESTED? Please apply to our retained consultant Jim Kelly quoting Product Manager / Business Manager, Ceramics reference JK1801-81 to DD: +44 (0) Wallace Hind Selection. The Old Vicarage. Duston. Northants. NN5 6JB. Tel: +44 (0) . Please note that the postcodes used for this vacancy are for searching purposes only, they may not refer exactly to where the role is based.

Reference: 34295819

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