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Associate Product Manager, Lifecycle Management in Loveland, Colorado at Hach

Date Posted: 11/30/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: HAC006146

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.


Purpose of Position

  • The primary role of this position is to lead a portfolio of projects that are related to product lifecycle management.  These projects may include a wide-range of topics, including:
    • Product Improvements/Feature Addition Projects
    • Quality Improvement Projects
    • Margin Improvement Projects
    • Product/Component End-Of-Life Projects
    • Compliance Projects
    • Re-Branding and OEM Projects

Essential Functions

  • Actively and effectively manages existing product portfolio, including, phase-out, obsolescence, product enhancements, documentation, etc.
  • Annual conducts a product portfolio audit to determine opportunities for reducing part numbers and inventory in the system (PP5S).
  • Lead product quality from a design, application, customer use-model, and technical perspective. This includes ownership of root cause and countermeasures with collaboration of operations, support and sales teams.
  • Works closely with the sales, technical service, and customer service organization to understand issues with the existing products; from features, performance, to packaging and drives changes to ‘delight’ the customer.
  • Works closely with Quality and OPS on quality issues and owns the communication of this activity to the commercial teams and customers when necessary.
  • Works closely with the Global Product Manager, engineering, sales, marketing and support teams to ensure revenue, quality and customer satisfaction goals are met.
  • Provides leadership and priorities from the Business Unit to the R&D Maintenance Funnel projects for their product portfolio.
  • Supports Product Managers with the DDS system and deliverables for assigned product portfolio and the link to corporate objectives; supports effective product launches and phase-outs.
  • Analyzes the product line performance, including sales, profitability, volume, inventory, and works with Global Product Managers to drive Countermeasure activities on revenue and engineering/operations to address profitability issues.
  • Understands and uses the foundation DBS tools, including 5S, Standard Work, Value Stream Mapping.  Initiates and champions meaningful and sustainable kaizens that assist in achieving the business unit objectives.
  • Identifies product extension opportunities that could positively impact the top line and works with R&D to develop these opportunities.
  • Drives Value Added-Value Engineering projects through the organization that are addressing part obsolescence, quality improvements, and/or cost reduction initiatives.

Other Non-Essential Functions

  • Participant in the development of product line plan and product roadmap that takes into account the attractive customer segments, broader market trends and company needs, examples include global product development, manufacturer requirements, competitor trends, etc.
  • Identifies and assesses in-market and adjacent space opportunities and analysis for potential product modification opportunities.
  • Supports the development of prioritization of customer needs in price/performance on product lines. Supports efforts to capture key customer needs / wants for future products.
  • Supports competitive analysis and research of competitors; develops and executes response initiatives including understanding of how competitive products compete with products in portfolio.
  • Helps lead the development of the business unit policy deployment and KPIs. 
  • Performs other duties as required.

Job Requirements


Education, Background and Skill Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical or business field; MBA preferred
  • 2+ years of product management experience; product marketing experience preferred
  • Able to empathize with customers, translating needs into products.
  • Ability to work with and influence cross-functional teams
  • Proficient in Excel, Access and Outlook
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Effective personal and project team time management
  • Thorough understanding of the customer segments and product applications for business unit’s products.
  • Understanding of trends that impact the product line.
  • Utilize project management skills.  Comprehending the critical elements of a project.  Converting these skills into more rapid product development.  Leads in development of a strategic plan
  • Thorough understanding of the customer segments and product applications for business unit’s products.
  • Understanding of trends impacting the overall business.  Understanding of trends impacting the product line

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach.  The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Pre-employment Testing

External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

Hach is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.