Sr. Strategic Product Manager

Entity:  Daikin Europe HQ
Job Category:  Information Technology Solutions

Zwijnaarde, East Flanders, BE

Job Requisition ID:  966

Strategic Product Manager
Entity:  Daikin Europe HQ
Job Category:  Product management & strategic product roadmapping
Location:  Zwijnaarde, East Flanders, BE


Daikin Europe NV is a subsidiary of the Japanese group Daikin Industries Ltd., a worldwide leader in HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) technology, such as heat pumps, air conditioning, ventilation & air purification. The company designs, manufactures and delivers innovative, high-quality indoor climate management solutions to meet the changing needs of its residential, commercial and industrial clients.

Daikin Europe NV is Daikins’ sales, R&D, and production headquarters for Europe, the Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). The Belgian-based offices in Brussels, Ghent, Oostkamp and Ostend serve as a main hub for the EMEA market. To date, Daikin Europe has over 12 000 employees across more than 59 consolidated subsidiaries and a whole network of independent distributors and dealers across the EMEA region. It has 12 major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Austria, and the UK.


The EMEA Electrics and Controls department, located at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park, is one of the fastest growing departments within the EMEA Development Centre of Daikin. The department focusses on hard- and software developments for HVAC-R and building- control. Its mission is to drive sustainable- and effective- solutions and sparking a good climate for the generations to come. The department does this by designing smarter controls, digital interfaces, connected products and integration with smart buildings/homes, smart grids, smart cities, etc. The controller portfolio includes mobile apps (e.g. Onecta), cloud applications (e.g. Daikin Cloud Service), room controllers (e.g. Madoka), interactive human machine interfaces, etc.
The department plays an essential role in realizing the sustainability mission of Daikin and supporting the future growth of the company.

Due to the company’s expansion, Daikin is currently looking for a m/f:

Strategic Product Manager

A strategic initiator of innovative solutions in residential control systems. You are responsible for building and executing the residential control product strategy for the EMEA region. You will be the key-person to define, develop, negotiate and manage the residential control portfolio and roadmap based on the market needs. This role requires product management skills as well as technical affinity and business development affinity. You will be the senior member of a team where you will help to mentor, guide and inspire people to achieve the common goals.


Your Position
•    You focus on defining the control strategy and vision and realise the digital shift in the residential segment.
•    You develop and manage the residential control Product Marketing strategy in the EMEA zone, working closely together with general management, marketing, sales, legal, environmental, quality, compliance, product development and supply. 
•    You yearly co-define and approve the focus on development on HQ level.
•    You support new product launches including internal and external communication, product content creation and event planning.
•    Partner with the R&D teams and product sales business units to incorporate quantitative and qualitative consumer data and usability research to drive product development and enhancements. 
•    Lead analysis of customer and product metrics to determine the right product and feature set. Identify and communicate on-going understanding of competitor activity and relevant industry trends. 
•    You support development and presentations of business cases for new products and other strategic projects.
•    Interface with key-accounts to respond to questions and requests regarding current and future product requirements, performance and impacts.
•    Provide hands-on technical leadership, monitor technology shifts and trends in the IoT marketplace. Evaluate technologies and partners leading to buy, build, or partner decisions.
Your Profile
•    You have experience in business development and product management. Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience.
•    Preferably you obtained a master’s degree in Electronical Engineering or are equal due to technical experience.
•    You have an interest in a residential, technical B2B2C environment. 
•    A background in software and interface technologies is an asset. 
•    You combine a helicopter view with a solution-driven and innovative mindset.
•    With your commercial flair and maturity, you connect quickly with internal and external stakeholders and succeed to convince them of your point of view, based on objective arguments. You are able to rapidly adjust your communication style towards your audience and give a credible, result-oriented impression.
•    You are a good negotiator and are able to compromise. 
•    You keep yourself up-to-date about trends, competitors, developments in the market.
•    People management experience and the ability to inspire people to achieve common goals.
•    You thrive in a dynamic fast-paced environment and can adapt quickly to change.
•    You are available to travel up to 10% of your time.
•    You are proficient in English (written/oral).  Knowledge of Dutch is an asset. 

Our offer

At Daikin, you can count on a varied job at an international market leader with a clear vision. Daikin stimulates its people to grow, work together and connect with many stakeholders. We offer a permanent contract for an indefinite period. You will be given extensive training and will be well supported from the start. The position carries a competitive salary and a package of extra-legal benefits. 

Hybrid: You will have the possibility to work from home 2 days per week.


Location: Tech Lane Ghent Science Park

We believe: Good climate starts with people!