Director of Product Life Cycle Management (m/f/d)

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Our mission

We are proud supporters of storytellers. Every toy we develop is made to the highest level of quality, detail and authenticity so that they can instantly spark the stories in children.

Come and be part of our great, growing team. We are Schleich: the glorious, premium brand which has doubled its turnover in just 5 years, fueled by creativity, curiosity and a lot of fun.
We are offering flexibility and a high degree of trust and empowerment. Driven by an overwhelming strategic growth agenda and backed up by a global equity firm we are almost ready for the future, missing just one important link:

Director Product Life Cycle Management (m/f/d)
in Schwäbisch Gmünd

Your core tasks

  • Technical and disciplinary management of the departments Technical Center Industrialization, Technical Center Decoration, Technical Center Packaging, Master Data Management, Product Launch Management
  • Overall leader (m/f/d) of product industrialization within End to End ("E2E") of new product introduction (7 direct reports, 25 employees in total)
  • Responsibility to ensure that products are developed on time to plan, on or below target cost, in accordance to quality, sustainability and compliance requirements, including cross-functional coordination and collaboration with Marketing, Finance, and other Operations Functions
  • Deployment of Design for Six Sigma, Design for Cost and Design for Manufacturability in the E2E product development to drive down cost and to ensure quality  
  • Assurance that all product-related documentation and data are accurate and controlled for revisions, including the deployment of product change requests in a timely and accurate manner
  • Overall leadership for the Product Life Cycle Management, including all product change requests and end of life actions
  • Responsibility to develop and deploy budget on target
  • Coordination of employee needs and preparation of personnel development planning as well as the organization of training and further education for employees within the area of responsibility

Your profile

  • You completed your mechanical or materials engineering degree (Bachelor or Masters).
  • Technical/disciplinary management of New Product Development and Operations runs smoothly due to your many years of experience.
  • You have >10 years of work experience Leading product development, operations, or supply chain in the field of consumer goods, preferably in the toy industry.
  • You are characterized by many years of experience in leading cross-functional teams.
  • You have proven technical experience in manufacturing, tooling development, materials engineering.
  • You have experience in leading projects, including technical project management.

Our offer

  • You will become part of a growing company with performance-related pay and attractive conditions.
  • You can expect an open and cooperative corporate culture with flat hierarchies and fast decision-making processes.
  • We support you in the best possible way with intensive training and constantly accompany your development.
  • We offer you exciting tasks in an international environment with plenty of scope for creativity.
  • Team spirit is important to us! You can expect an open-minded team and fun at work and with our products.

Would you like to grow with us and accompany the wonderful journey of our company?

Then we look forward to receiving your detailed application! Please apply online only - it's quick and easy and ensures the protection of your personal data.