Product Development Manager

Reference:  Product Development Manager – 0489

Our Client: Company Profile

Our client Dovre NV, based in Weelde (near Turnhout), develops and produces high quality cast iron wood-gas Stoves and Fireplaces. The sister brand Ferleon focuses on high-end cast iron gas barbecues and cookware. They are looking for a Product Development Manager. The company strives to set the standard for the ultimate indoor and outdoor living experience. The factory has a flexible production system and also produces a variety of cast iron parts and assemblies for various OEM’s.

Dovre is an internationally renowned brand and is recognized for its quality, solidity, robustness and innovation in the field of heat technology, with highly efficient, environment friendly  engineered products for the demanding end user / market.

Dovre NV and Vander meiren & Pauwels Recruitment are looking for a dynamic, communicative and entrepreneurial colleague:

Product Development Manager


Entrepreneurial mindset // Good project management and communication skills to conduct multiple projects in a production/manufacturing environment from concept over production to market availability


As a Product Development Manager, you lead the development of the Dovre & Ferleon product portfolio from A to Z. Together with the sales department and through an in-depth understanding of market and competition, you identify ways to improve and evolve existing product lines and to create new “top of mind” products for a worldwide market.

You provide guidance to both internal and external design and engineering teams and you report to the Plant Manager.

  • Full responsibility of products development, from concept until effective market availability, within the defined deadlines;
  • Uncover and understand consumers/market’s needs and translate them into products requirements;
  • Coordinate both external (ie design offices, contractors) & internal teams (engineers, purchase, quality assurance and operations). Ensure requirements are fully understand development plans that match expectations and (international) mandatory standards;
  • Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly;
  • Manage the product portfolio according to market needs;
  • Provide training on how to use the products;
  • Answer incoming questions about the products and their capabilities;
  • Assess and address technical risks;
  • Coordinate beta tests;
  • Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance;
  • Facilitate the creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.
Skills and Qualifications

  • The Product Manager holds a master degree. An engineering degree is an asset.
  • At least 5 to 10 years of relevant experience, ideally as a Product Manager, project manager;
  • You are very structured and can conduct multiple projects in parallel until their successful completion;
  • Good project management skills;
  • The ability to keep an overview in complex situations or when confronted with lots of data;
  • You can lead internal as well as external teams to reach company goals;
  • Excellent communicator with an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • You speak Dutch and English – French and/or German is an asset.

  • A company defined by genuine team spirit and nice colleagues with common sense, where an entrepreneurial spirit is highly appreciated;
  • You can have a major impact on the company’s future and growth;
  • The freedom to take initiatives, commensurate with your responsibilities;
  • Work location Product Manager: Nijverheidsstraat 18, B-2381 Weelde;
  • Very attractive compensation and benefits package including numerous benefits (meal vouchers, health insurance, pension plan, company car, net expenses).
Contact us!

If you believe you have what it takes to make things happen in this role, we would like to hear from you.    

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to quoting the reference number. Feel free to call Wim Vander meiren (0032 (0)489 585 566) or Manu Pauwels (0032 (0)489 585 565).