TacJobs – Phokus Research Group Seeks Product Manager

Company Description
Phokus Research Group, LLC is committed to improving the capabilities of our Nation’s Warfighters and Domestic First Responders by bringing them innovative products. Through our partnership with creative Special Operations Forces (SOF) end users, and best-in-class companies. Phokus has successfully established itself as patent holding inventors, consultants, and hands on facilitators capable of taking ideas from discovery, through the manufacturing process, and delivering combat quality products. Phokus draws from 50 years of combined active duty service as SOF operators and utilizes an extensive network of innovative end-users, world class manufacturers, and superior distributors to provide the pipeline for successful new product development. Phokus currently has two products in the marketplace, with a third coming Fall 2013 and a vast pipeline of new ideas and inventions waiting to be commercialized.

Product Manager Job Description
Phokus Research Group is seeking a Product Manager to join our dynamic team in Carmel Mountain (San Diego). This position reports to the Founder and as a start-up company this person will play a key role in the growth of the company. You will be directly responsible to plan, direct, manage and coordinate the activities of the means of production for our innovative widgets. These innovations are used on the front line within the DOD, Federal Law Enforcement, and civilian markets.

You will be joining the Company during its startup phase, and so in addition to the core duties, and especially at the early stages of the Company’s growth, you may be asked to perform other tasks as the need arises. We anticipate that as the Company grows and matures your duties and role will evolve as well. Needless to say, regular work attendance, punctuality, professional and appropriate interaction with clients and staff, and a commitment to achieving the Company’s objectives will be expected from all of the Company’s employees.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
-Ability to respond to inquiries or request for information from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to management.
-Establish and maintain production plans and schedules.
-Lead manufacturing to meet published shipping schedules and develop contingency plans to prevent late customer shipments.
-Ensure manufacturing compliance to Quality Management System procedures, standard operating procedures and work instructions.
-Must have demonstrated knowledge of production scheduling, inventory management, analytical skills, and reporting skills.
-Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
-Prepare budgets for indirect expenses and capital expenditures.
-Ensure appropriate facilities and tooling is in place.
-Understand and administer company policies pertaining to the areas of safety, loss prevention, environmental standards, and employee administration.

Desired Skills & Experience:
Education/Training: B.S. degree in a technical field or equivalent combination of education and work experience required.
Experience: Four-Six years of experience in a high mix, high volume manufacturing and product development environment. New product experience preferred. Manager level experience preferred. Start-up experience a plus.
Skills/Technical Requirements:
– Technical knowledge in at least four of the six areas of responsibility (production [assembly and test], production control, test engineering, manufacturing engineering, systems integration, and supply chain).
– Proven ability to work effectively across functional boundaries, takes an active role in the transfer of products from Engineering into Manufacturing.
– Proficient in MS Office and MS Project.
– Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects.
– Strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Support Role Requirements:
Marketing duties include:
– Updating and maintaining the website
– Managing CRM system
– Managing PR (information for releases, and newsletters)
Sales duties include:
– Fielding Sales calls
– Sending follow up informational emails
– Creating and updating “demo” kits to support sales initiative.
Administrative duties include:
– Managing registration timelines for trade shows and conferences.
– Managing employee out of office schedule.
– Fielding general phone calls.

We offer competitive compensation, benefits, and wellness programs. We are a drug-free workplace and an EEO/AA Employer. We encourage qualified candidates with the required technical and leadership skills and experience to apply online for this challenging position. Please send an email to [email protected], include a resume with salary history. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be contacted to further the application process. No phone calls, outside agencies, or recruiters.


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