Product Development Manager – Maakindustrie

Reference:  Product Development Manager – 0419


As a Product Development Manager, you lead the development of the Dovre & Ferleon product portfolio. 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 can even introduce completely different – commercially viable and feasible – products or applications into the Dovre factories.

You provide guidance to both internal and external design and engineering teams.

More specifically you will:

  • Uncover and understand consumer/market needs and translate them into products requirements;
  • Work closely with different internal teams (including engineers, sales, quality assurance and operations) and external service providers. You ensure requirements are fully understood and that development plans match expectations and (international) standards;
  • Understand, research and follow international technical trends and standards in the industry and in general. You assess emerging products to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. You make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or to leverage, while respecting the mid-to-long term business strategy;
  • Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly;
  • Provide training and answer incoming questions about the product and its 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.

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 Technical Product Manager / 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 – Maakindustrie

Engineering and/or Product Development degree required as well as a passion for product management and product development // Entrepreneurial mindset // Good project management and communication skills

Skills and Qualifications

  • The Product Development Manager holds an engineering degree e.g in mechanics, electro mechanics, product development, physics. Knowledge of “combustion technology” is an asset;
  • At least 5 to 10 years of relevant experience, ideally as a Product Manager;
  • Your ideas and solutions are commercially viable and in tune with the possibilities of an industrial manufacturing context;
  • 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;
  • Understanding of competitive analysis, pricing, (sales) planning and inventory control;
  • Experience with 3D CAD/CAE tools;
  • 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).