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Senior Product Manager, Audio

Location: Irvine, California
Department: Product Department
Posted: 01-20-2014
Location Name: Irvine, California
Wage: Depends on Experience
Position Type: full time

Position:  Sr. Product Manager - Audio
Status:  Full Time

VIZIO, Inc.,headquartered in Irvine, California, is America's fastest-growing HDTV and consumer Electronics Company and is revolutionizing how we watch, listen … and live! We are seeking Director of Product Manager, Audio. This individual will be responsible for the roadmap for audio products across the companies. This position develops new product concepts and moves them through the NPI process for management approval. The position is also responsible for competitive benchmarking and market research to ensure VIZIO’s audio products are well received by consumers and meet sales/margin targets. The position must have specific product and technology knowledge in the Audio space with a demonstrated ability to drive a company’s product strategy and execution.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with management team to develop an Audio strategy for VIZIO
  • Develop product concepts and present to senior staff
  • Take ownership over the audio roadmap for VIZIO
  • Drive product features, functionality, user experience
  • Lead user experience, documentation efforts
  • Work closely with Product Marketing on OOBE
  • Work closely with outsourced services such as ID, audio consultants, or audio technology vendors
  • Assist in ODM and technology partner evaluation and selection
  • Constantly research the competition and develop strategies to succeed
  • Create first level product positioning and value proposition proposals
  • Track revenue, profit, and other key metrics at a product level
  • Track and report market share in targeted channels and customers
  • Ability to articulate and present to upper management at key customer accounts
  • Work closely with ODM partners to execute the product plan successfully
  • Coordinate projects closely with Program Management
  • Develop key product messaging in collaboration with Product Marketing and Marketing
  • Successfully work with the VIZIO New Product Introduction (NPI) process
  • Create high level forecasting and planning documents for the product category
  • Serve as an information source for Sales, Business Operations and other departments
  • Develop product support plans specific to the product category
  • Report project status, escalate issues, and communicate effectively with the product group
  • Work cross functionally inside the product group (QA, interop, etc)
  • Support marketing and PR in achieving high ratings from editors and product reviewers

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Professional/polished communicator
  • Team Player
  • Extremely detail oriented; able to locate errors and correct promptly
  • Extremely organized
  • Enthusiastic and engaging
  • Good listener
  • Diplomatic
  • Functional and resourceful
  • Must be able to think through processes and come to a resolution
  • Able to exercise discretion and use sound judgment
  • Deadline oriented
  • Strong background in audio technologies and products
  • Knowledge of audio qualities, specifications, and measurements
  • Experience working with ODMs in Asia
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Competent with Microsoft Office applications
  • Must have financial skills required to calculate ROI
  • Must be an advanced user of PowerPoint

Minimum Education required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

Minimum Experience required:

  • 5 to 8 years experience in product management role
  • 3-5 years experience working on audio products
  • 3-5 years working with Asian suppliers in an ODM or OEM relationship
  • Engineering degree preferred

Language Skills:

  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin) speaking

Career Path:

  • Director