Philips Group leader Product Research Centre in Drachten, Netherlands

Your challenge

As a Group leader in the Product Research Center (PRC) department your challenge is to ensure you and your team reaches consumer satisfaction targets with our product development in Male Grooming. Therefore you need to ensure the relevant processes, development framework and coach your team members. Next to your operational role ensuring the operational performance of your team, you have to ensure continuous knowledge development, develop new processes, grow your team and support in Product Research Architecture.

Can you help us to strengthen our World Class position, by pursuing the next level for our consumer satisfaction in our products?

Your responsibilities

As Group leader you have clear operational, functional and hierarchical responsibilities for your team, bringing consumer centric proposition to the market. You report to the Consumer Research Manager.

  • You are safe guarding consumer satisfaction in the projects your team are executing, by clear verification and validation of consumer related deliverables in the product development projects.

  • You are continuously growing the competence and skills of your team

  • You will steer your team to be ready for anticipating to new consumer insights in an ever changing consumer dynamics.

  • You support to knowledge management and process improvement and drive personally special assignments to improve the collective conscience of the Consumer Research Center.

Your team

As Innovation Personal Care in Drachten we have adopted a challenging growth strategy, all based on developing relevant consumer products “To Look and Feel Your Best Every Day”.

To realize our goals we need to create innovative concepts and technologies and intensively invest in people and equipment. In this, being consumer centric is the key. Linking in with the situation, habits and needs of consumers all around the world helps us in developing products that fulfill the Philips Brand promise “Innovation and You”.

The Product Research Center (PRC) drives growing understanding of the consumer needs. The PRC focuses as part of a multidisciplinary team on development of the desirable product experience in Shaving, Grooming and Male Skin Care, by performing a range of explorative, qualitative and quantitative research with our own sensory panel or through external research agencies

Our offer

The ability to work in a dynamic team setting on a variety of exciting research topics. We will also support your personal and professional development. Our benefits package includes:

  • Competitive salary;

  • Variable bonus based on both Philips results and personal performance;

  • Extensive tools to drive your career, like a personal development budget, training and coaching;

  • Solid company pension scheme;

  • Opportunity to buy Philips shares and products at a discount;

  • 25 days of leave; possibility to purchase up to 20 additional days off annually.

  • The role is based in Drachten.

We are looking for

Are you a highly talented Team Leader, with clear experience as Senior Consumer Researcher, with in-depth understanding of the drivers of ‘consumer delight’? Can you bring together the right balance of Leading Skills, combined with knowledge of consumer research, a problem solving attitude and pragmatism to develop your team in reaching consumer expectations in our products? And next to that do you have;

  • An university degree in consumer oriented educations, like Design for Interaction, Human Technology, Industrial Design, Psychology, Sensory Research.

  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in product research, consumer science, industrial design, psychology or a product development.

  • Technical background with consumer mindset to be able to see the link between technology and consumers.

  • Affinity for consumer research methodologies and sound understanding of the underlying statistics.

  • Proven experience in leading a team

  • Personal Characteristics

  • Good communication and influencing skills

  • Conceptual and analytical skills: you should be able to process a range of different data

  • Curious orientation towards consumers and customers: you have an outward focus

  • Excellent planning skills: you should know how to manage your advisory role in the project team

  • Proactive attitude: you should be able to take the lead and proactively represent the end-user in our innovation processes.

Recruitment process

If you’re interested in this opportunity to join us, please upload your resume and motivation letter through the Philips career site- vacancy number 226080. Please note the deadline is 30th of January 2017

After a pre-selection process based on your CV, you will be invited for face-to-face recruitment- and business interviews.