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LEM – “At the Heart of Power Electronics”

LEM is the market leader in providing innovative and high quality solutions for measuring electrical parameters. Its core products - current and voltage transducers - are used in a broad range of applications in drives & welding, renewable energies & power supplies, traction, high precision, conventional and green cars businesses. LEM’s strategy is to exploit the intrinsic strengths of its core business, and to develop opportunities in existing and new markets with new applications. It has production plants in Beijing (China), Geneva (Switzerland), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tokyo (Japan). With regional sales offices near its customers’ locations, the company is able to offer a seamless service around the globe. LEM has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1986; the company’s ticker symbol is LEHN.
LEM is a mid-size, global company with approximately 1’400 employees worldwide and reported sales of CHF 264.5 million in financial year 2016/17.

Global Product Manager Traction & High Precision Products based in Geneva

his position is reporting to the Senior Vice President Industry.
 
Position summary:
 
The Global Product Manager has the full strategic and operational responsibility for LEM’s global Traction and High Precision business with an annual revenue of about CHF 50m. He/She is mainly responsible for the management of his/her Market segment with a focus on maximizing profitable revenue growth with the targeted customer groups in collaboration with R&D, Sales, Quality and Operations.
 
The role is a key position which manages a group of Regional Sales Managers and Key Account Managers across the world and steers the R&D developments related to his/her markets as well as the product portfolio for his/her markets. As a functional leader, he sets the strategy, the objectives and standards for the markets and is a key player and coach for other related functions.
 
Her/his main tasks will be:
 
Market strategy: Define the strategic business plan as well as the annual budget and set the overall short and long term strategy for the markets direction and execution in line with LEM’s Strategic Business Plan by mobilizing the sales and other managers as well as the cross-functional teams they lead. This includes on-going market research to understand the customer needs and a technology assessment within the context of the competitive landscape.
 
Market Development & Portfolio Management: Responsible for leading the effort to develop sustainable strategies for all applications and build a plan across the world to apply development efforts around each priority project/business. Responsible for monitoring customer requirements for both existing and future products and solutions to support the business. Actively steer R&D in developing products and solutions to market needs and provide the necessary specifications. Position and control the existing and future portfolio across the life cycle.
 
New business: Provide studies in the relevant markets to increase further the business and implement the findings across the organisation in line with the global strategy.
 
Margin Management: Maximize the margin in the markets with appropriate price positioning and cost reduction programs.
 
Segment Knowledge Internally: The position is responsible for the technical knowledge and it’s distribution within the company. This includes on-going market research and visits to understand the customer needs and to introduce new products as well as making the technical knowledge about applications available to  the sales force and internal staff. 

The profile:
 
Engineering Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering,
MBA or degree in Management is a plus
5+ years experience in the fields of technical sales, market share analysis, customer relations
Experience working with R&D to drive solutions
Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time
Strong organizational and communication/influencing skills and skilled at working and leading in a matrix organization.
Solid understanding and experience of the Power Electronics World of Traction (locomotives, metros, Tram) with a strong grasp of market dynamics, competition as well as customer needs
Experience developing relationships with suppliers and technology partners
Welcomes a challenge and is able to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines
Will be required to work in a fast-paced and exciting environment
Clear demonstration of ability to operate in, and influence decisions in a complex, global international company, including change management
Self-starter and team player with strong result-orientation
Fluent in English, French, German or Chinese a strong asset

  • Job title Global Product Manager Traction & High Precision Products based in Geneva
  • Sector Electrical engineering / Electronics / Optics
  • Occupational group Marketing / Sales / Product Management
  • Region Geneva
  • reference number 3325.VD
  • Your consultant
    Eric Chatelain (EC)
    Eric Chatelain - eric.chatelain(at)ems.ch
    Engineering Management Selection E.M.S. AG
    18, avenue d'Ouchy, 1006 Lausanne
    Tel. +41 21 613 70 00

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Education & Experience

Consultant for industrial micro information technology and design of real-time systems for international companies, as well as member of the board of a leading company in industrial automation. Long-term experience in coaching, in selecting and recruiting specialists and managers. Instructor at the engineering school of Lausanne. Partner of E.M.S. SA Lausanne.

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