Crop Diagnostics Product Manager
02 September 2020
Microgenetics have successfully trialled our SwiftDetect Septoria test, which gives the level of Septoria infection in a wheat crop just 24 hours after sampling. We are now looking for someone to lead the market development of this and many other applications of our technology within the crop health sector which will include rapid testing for brown rust, yellow rust, ramularia, potato blight and others.
We exist to help win the war against pathogens. We identify problems in microbiology that were previously impossible to solve and develop new technology to solve them. We are an exciting start-up backed by one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies (Qualasept Pharmaxo) aiming to revolutionise microbiology.
We are currently working with partners in the pharmaceutical manufacturing, veterinary diagnostics, and agricultural sectors to develop our products:
- SmartControl: Environmental monitoring software that seamlessly captures images of every sample to ensure data integrity with zero capital expenditure.
- SwiftDetect: A rapid test that can detect the presence or absence of a single cell in a large volume in under six hours, using our hybrid PCR technology.
Who we’re looking for
We are looking for a product manager to join our team to lead the market development of our portfolio of rapid crop diagnostics. This role will be a combination of strategic thinking and getting hands-on, and you will be adding value from your first day with us. We’re looking for someone as comfortable strategising about the product vision as they are co-ordinating the level of detail required for a successful product launch.
What you’ll do
The product manager will form a critical bridge between customers and the business. You will liaise with all members of the Microgenetics team, and your role will report directly to the Managing Director.
- Develop the vision, strategy and roadmap for our rapid crop diagnostics product
- Translate the product vision and strategy to detailed requirements for marketing & product development teams
- Work alongside scientists, marketers, engineers and others to ensure timely delivery of our products
- Spend time with customers understanding how our product is used and how it could be improved, developing and reporting on metrics to support you
- Agree and monitor service levels and ensure adequate resources are in place to deliver against them
- Own the change control process for the product
- Grow our understanding of customer, industry, and regulatory trends to identify new applications for development
- Contribute to other Microgenetics products with ideas for future product development
- Regularly travel to customer sites to understand how they use our product face to face, as required.
What we’re looking for
- BASIS qualified
- Someone with a strong vision for the use of rapid disease detection in the future of crop protection
- Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communications skills with exceptional attention to detail
- Ability to quickly build rapport and a track record of managing multiple stakeholders
- Initiative, innovative creativity and tenacity to achieve objectives and overcome obstacles
- Experience of managing the introduction of a product to this sector
- Ability to prioritise requirements in line with the vision and to seek objective data to support decisions as far as possible
- Even better if you have
- Experience launching a diagnostics product in the crop health sector
What you’ll get
- Competitive salary
- 21 days holiday + 8 days bank holiday (increasing with service)
- Generous company pension scheme
- Life assurance
- Company bonus scheme (dependent on profit goals)
- Free breakfast and outdoor gym
Microgenetics is based in a new science park development in Corsham in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy commutes from Bath, Bristol and Chippenham.
Come and join us in revolutionising microbiology.
If you would like more information about this position or would like to apply with covering letter and CV, please email email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 20 September. An initial stage consisting of a short video interview will take place on Friday 25 September for those shortlisted. You will be contacted on Monday 21 September if you have been shortlisted for an interview.