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Product Manager(R&D Liaison) acting Presales Manufacturing - Hybrid Role



Product, Sales & Business Development
Tokyo, Japan
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Company Description

IFS is a billion-dollar revenue company with 5000+ employees on all continents. We deliver award winning enterprise software solutions through the use of embedded digital innovation and a single cloud-based platform to help businesses be their best when it really matters–at the Moment of Service™.

At IFS, we're flexible, we're innovative, and we're focused not only on how we can engage with our customers but on how we can make a real change and have a worldwide impact. We help solve some of society's greatest challenges, fostering a better future through our agility, collaboration, and trust.

We celebrate diversity and accept that there are so many different perspectives in this world. As a truly international company serving people from around the globe, we realize that our success is tantamount to the respect we have for those different points of view.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be part of a global, diverse environment; you will be joining a winning team with a commitment to sustainability; and a company where we get things done so that you can make a positive impact on the world.

We're looking for innovative and original thinkers to work in an environment where you can #MakeYourMoment so that we can help others make theirs.

If you want to change the status quo, we'll help you make your moment. Join Team Purple. Join IFS.

Job Description

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Product Manager with a strong background in Research & Development (R&D) liaison acting Manufacturing Presales to join our innovative team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the lifecycle of our products, from concept through production and post-launch support. This role requires a deep understanding of market needs, R&D processes, and manufacturing capabilities, ensuring our products meet high-quality standards and market demands.

Key Responsibilities:Hybrid Role

  1. Product Management with R&D liaison : 50% Role and Responsibility
    1. Product Development and Lifecycle Management:
      1. Lead the product development process from ideation to launch.
      2. Collaborate with R&D to define product specifications and ensure alignment with market needs.
      3. Manage product lifecycle, including updates, enhancements, and end-of-life strategies.
    2. Market and Competitive Analysis:
      1. Conduct market research to identify customer needs and market trends.
      2. Analyze competitive products and market positioning to inform product strategy.
      3. Develop detailed product requirements and specifications based on market analysis.
    3. Cross-Functional Collaboration:
      1. Work closely with R&D, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and marketing teams to ensure seamless product development and launch.
      2. Facilitate communication between departments to ensure timely and effective product delivery.
    4. Customer Engagement:
      1. Engage with key customers to gather feedback and understand their requirements.
      2. Translate customer feedback into actionable product improvements.
      3. Foster strong relationships with customers to ensure long-term satisfaction and loyalty.
    5. Quality Assurance:
      1. Ensure all products meet the company's quality standards and regulatory requirements.
      2. Work with the quality assurance team to develop testing protocols and quality control measures.
  2. Manufacturing Presales : 50 % Role and Responsibility
    1. Provide technical support to the sales team during the presales process.
    2. Prepare and deliver technical presentations and product demonstrations to potential customers.
    3. Assist in the development of sales materials, including technical specifications, product datasheets, and customer proposals.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business, or a related field; MBA or advanced degree is a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in product management, with a focus on R&D and manufacturing as presales.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing complex product development projects.
  • Strong technical background with an understanding of R&D and manufacturing processes.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, cross-functional team environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in project management tools and software.

Additional Information

  • Experience in the industry or technology relevant to the manufacturing company.
  • Knowledge of specific tools or methodologies relevant to the role, e.g., Agile, Lean Manufacturing, etc..
  • Experience with international product launches and managing global teams.