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Product Development Director

Titel: Product Development Director
Werkgever: Hays

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Start date: asap
Duration: 6 month+
Hours a week: 40

Our client is a large hearing aid retailer in Europe and the US. As Product Development Director you will be end-responsible for the continuous development of a game changing, state of the art technology platform called MyRange. The platform creates a direct to consumer channel this is new in the world of hearing aids. 

The Product Development Director is part of the senior team responsible for continuously developing the MyRange platform via management of the external development partners. This includes both hardware and software development. The Product Development Director reports to the CEO. 

Expertise building and advising ­
- Further build expertise on development of apps, websites, hardware/wireless and backbone and how these elements interact and advise mgt on this ­
- Develop expertise on latest developments of HEA systems in DTC setting and advise management

· Project management ­
-Maintain an integral overview of all hardware, software, wireless etc. developments are being carried out by external partners and manage interfaces ­
- Contacting, contracting and managing external development partners ­
- Define scope for development partners including deadlines and deliverables ­
- Ensure proper certification ­
- Ensure proper user testing

· Create and further develop user interfaces (app and website) with partners ­
- Invent / discover/ detect potential functionalities and features ­
-Translate potential functionalities and features into feasible technical platform solutions taking into account   both hardware and software implications ­
-Develop and evaluate business cases ­
-Ensure efficient development of functionalities and features using external partners ­
-Launch new functionalities and features

· Create and further develop hardware elements (HEA and Hub) with partners ­
-Ensure that hardware elements support features and functionalities ­
-Optimise / keep up to date wireless communication

· Create and further development back end platform with partners ­
-Decide on which (of the shelf) software packages to use and how to configure ­
-Ensure optimal big data storage and analysis ­
-Ensure creation of API’s to integrate with external website e.g. reseller websites

· Has a minimum of 10 years of experience in the area of product development, with emphasis on wireless communication technology, hardware integration, user interface/app development and backend development ­
Experience with HEA development is considered an advantage but not a necessity

· Has a network of development partners, preferably US based or with presence in US, in the fields of wireless communication technology, user interface/app and backend development

· Is familiar with hardware development, software development and the integration of these

· Has experience with making business cases

· Has experience in negotiating contract with development partners
· Is a credible counterpart for senior level managers at the development partners

· Is goal oriented / has extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals

· Has the flexibility to travel regularly (40%-60% of time) or potentially relocate to the US

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call me now on +31 (0)6 46 89 16 06.

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