Product Innovation Manager (m/f/d) in Düsseldorf, Germany at Hach

Date Posted: 11/7/2019

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Job ID: HAC007257

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: Ensuring 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 solutions.


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.


The purpose of the Product Innovation Manager (PIM) is to identify, define, and quantify new business opportunities in order to drive product innovation and technical breakthroughs to our core markets.  This business-focused position develops and/or redefines current businesses, products, and business models for Hach with a focus on customer needs.
Make a difference - join us to ensure water quality for people around the world.


Innovation and Influence
  • Drive innovative business opportunities through Hach’s product development process (DDS) in the capacity of a Product Owner/Manager from “product ideation” to “design frozen” phase of the projects
  • Customer focused and willing to be a “customer-champion” within a cross-functional team
  • Effective communication with an ability to present ideas in a thoughtful way as well as showing the behaviors of active listening.
Product Development
  • Serve as the business lead on innovation projects to assure maximum return on investment considering risks, market size, investment and margin.
  • Responsible for the development of business cases, scoping products, assesses competition and market segmentations.
Builds People, Teams and Organizations
  • Lead the development teams to identify customer pain-points, develop user needs and solve customer problems.
  • Rely on Voice of the Customer, internal knowledge and business analysis tools to prioritize critical customer needs to address in new products.
  • Positive, “we will win” attitude. Self-motivated and ambitious.
Process Improvement
  • See and create a future vision for addressing customer needs, develop strategic plan and execute on a tactical level.
  • Results driven and action focused – Demonstrate a continuous improvement mindset and a sense of urgency.
  • Manage complexity – Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to simplify complex issues.
  • Approach work with a strong sense of ownership, commitment and urgency

Job Requirements


  • The ideal candidate is a hardworking  professional who can champion innovation and deliver results.
  • BS or BA in Engineering or the Sciences required
  • MBA or equivalent highly desirable
  • 5-10 years of related Product Planning, Product Management or Project Management experience
  • Broad and deep understanding of Voice of Customer research methodologies and applications
  • Extensive expertise in product definition and product development
  • Demonstrated skills at leading a global cross-discipline team
  • Ability to present highly complex, technical, or difficult messages clearly and persuasively
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire new knowledge and skills as required
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize clearly and manage finite resources
  • Travel requirement of 25%

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, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.