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Program Manager - Product Development

Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Lee's Summit, MO, US, 64081-2904

Company: Briggs and Stratton

Briggs & Stratton / Billy Goat, located in Lee's Summit, Missouri, is a leading and innovative manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. We specialize in the design and manufacture of machines in three product groups: Debris Management (vacuums, blowers, and debris loaders), Lawn Renovation, and Brush Cutters. We have an immediate opening for a full time Product Development Program Manager to support our growing business .

Position Description

Executes elements of the product management strategy for a product category.  Supports development and execution of a multi-year product plan and portfolio strategy including new product introductions, product lifecycle management and profitability.  Contributes to the creation of product and technology roadmaps by evaluating and analyzing key customer needs, market trends and competitive intelligence.  Manages technical communication and coordination between all business functions.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Executes tactical elements of product line strategies, as well as  the justification and prioritization of new product development initiatives for assigned products

  2. Manages product development programs within the New Product Development (NPD) Process

  3. Collaborates to develop multi-year product plans and update technology roadmaps for innovation planning 5+ years out

  4. Coordinates with marketing to capture and assess the Voice of Customer (VoC) y for new products or product changes

  5. Provides product knowledge for sales calls, sales literature/documentation and trade shows, as well as engineering and customer support questions

  6. Contributes to the development and delivery of product and business strategy presentations

  7. Maintains and reports out on product line metrics

  8. participates in cost reduction and profit improvement efforts

  9. Performs other duties as assigned

Job Skills Requirements

  • Results- focused with ability to translate stakeholder needs and priorities into actionable plans

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate technical information to diverse groups of people; excellent presentation skills

  • Ability to collaborate and influence within and outside the organization

  • Strong business acumen, ability to build a financial business case and understanding of financial principles including return-on-investment,Contribution margin, and EBITDA. Ability and some experience using business analysis (in Excel or Google Sheets) or business intelligence tools.

  • Experience and ability to communicate effectively in technical as well as business domains and able to translate between the two.

  • Previous experience with a cross-functional team to launch new products

  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility and/or location


Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering or related field, or equivalent education and experience

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum three years of experience in product management, new product development, manufacturing, marketing or related field.

  • Three years experience with global markets preferred

Physical & Environmental Requirements

May require travel of a planned or urgent nature, both international and domestic



Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

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