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Product Manager Academia

Role: Product Manager Academia Confocal.nl
Company: Confocal.nl
Location: Amsterdam
Level: Marketing, reports to CCO

About the role

The Product Manager Academia defines all aspects of the product(s) supported by desk and field research, user group input and feedback loops of internal and external stakeholders. Will provide vision and define the product and (academic) market strategies, tactics, and prioritization. Working closely with the sales and development team to execute against the agreed strategic and commercial goals. Works closely with both outside and internal stakeholders for an optimal commercial (market acceptance) and financial (volume and margin) result, using marketing strategies in accordance with the sales teams and distributors. Owns strategic mind, marketing knowledge and skill and ROI thinking. This role is the true CEO of the product!

The role reports directly into the CCO and is a member of the commercial team. The tasks and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Product road map definition and positioning of our RCM, NL5 and related products
  • Defining a vision and market strategy for a product(s)
  • Understanding and representing user needs
  • Monitoring the academic market and developing competitive analyses
  • Aligning stakeholders around the positioning of the product
  • Prioritizing product features and capabilities
  • Develop and execute marketing campaigns for international markets
  • Support Confocal.nl and distributor sales teams with argumentation and relevant claims
  • Adding adherent products for the different applications

The ideal candidate:

  • Holds a PHD degree in the life sciences, preferably live cell imaging
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in product management roll or equivalent
  • Experience in marketing is preferred
  • Documented experience microscopy based imaging preferably in the live cell domain and or high content screening
  • Has strong communication skills and a worldwide network in academia
  • Holds a B-driver’s license valid in the EU or is willing to acquire in due time
  • Can translate customer needs to development and marketing language

The ideal candidate can manage the product portfolio from development phase to market launch. Has a background in microscopy and imaging and/or in the biological relevant fields. Is very communicative with good listening skills in personal interaction but also (even becoming more and more important) online and has a proactive getting-the-job-done character. Is driven by customer satisfaction and a perfect team player.

About Us

Confocal.nl started as a company in 2016 and has grown now to a team consisting of 18 highly skilled specialists, commercial application specialists, engineers and business developers. Confocal.nl aims to improve the imaging experience of scientists with a confocal microscope system based on the re-scan invention: the Re-scan Confocal Microscope (RCM). RCM combines the super-resolution capability with higher sensitivity than most confocal microscopes. The re-scan technology was developed by Dr. Erik Manders at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. Manders is also one of our founders. This technology converts a standard microscope into a super-resolution microscope for three-dimensional confocal imaging, which is ideal for small live cell imaging labs. It also has good potential as a working-horse at industries and microscopy facilities to increase the imaging capacity. The simple technical design and open-architecture make the system platform- and software independent which allows plug-and-play upgrading of any standard fluorescence microscopes.

Confocal.nl is globally active through direct sales activities and through distributors. The company has recently launched a second microscope (RCM2) and a third microscope (NL5) and continues to invest in new product development with additional launches in the years ahead. The product and company development is funded through Technano Fund and UvA Ventures. Mid 2022 Confocal.nl expects to close an additional investment deal to accelerate growth and product development aiming at entering the life sciences R&D market.

Confocal.nl’s mission is to improve the microscopy imaging experience of all researchers and help them deliver breakthrough discoveries.

Confocal.nl’s Core values

  • Curious; We look beyond the known
  • Proactive; We are in constant movement to achieve our goals
  • Cooperative; Each team member adds value and together we build bigger results
  • Customer focused; We make sure that customers have a good experience at any moment

Join our team!

If you think you can make a great contribution to our team, contact Erdal Demir erdal@confocal.nl with your resume and cover letter. For more information call +31642335713.

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