Director, Product

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is a world-famous brand with offices across the globe. An American icon, Fender was born in Southern California and has built a worldwide influence extending beyond the studio and the stage. A Fender is more than an instrument, it’s a cultural symbol that resonates globally.
We are searching for aDirector, Product, ideallybased in Los Angeles. This person will be responsible for the planning, leadership, and general supervision of Presonus hardware products with a near-term focus on live sound. The right candidate will excel at collaborating with other parts of the company, they will work with R&D and Manufacturing to define product requirements that meet the needs of the customer. Aside from product oversight, this person will be spending time with customers and artists-in the field, on the phone and on social media-to learn and understand market problems and define innovative products to solve them.
Essential Functions:

Develop and maintain on-going market research and analysis, market segmentation and competitive analysis, in order to identify and communicate opportunities and trends
Conduct regular customer visits and focus groups and participate in company and end-user blogs, communities, and training to foster customer relationships and evangelize products
Contribute to the creation and maintenance of multi-year product roadmaps that optimize the company investment (cost/benefit) and ensure coordination with other product lines to optimize strategic differentiators across product lines
Participate in bi-annual executive product line reviews and dealer events
Manage the entire product line life cycle from strategic planning to end of life
Participate in cross-functional product development teams to ensure that proposed solutions meet business objectives and are aligned with the company strategy
Develop product story and product requirements documents for assigned products, with a strong focus on ease of use and end user experience
Work closely with the Presonus software development team, including aligning software releases with content and hardware releases
Collaborate with Marketing and Sales to develop product and release-specific positioning, value proposition, messaging and pricing models
Assure the timely delivery of new product concepts, definitions, and business cases to keep the innovation process moving constantly
Understand and communicate the stage gate/phase review structure including related documentation while assuring quality and timeliness of results
Organize and participate in Product Advisory Boards, Dealer Meetings and Executive Briefings
Coach and manage a team of talented product managers
Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Minimum B.A. business/marketing or equivalent with further training in music and modern recording/live sound practices
10+ years of experience in live sound and/or recording industry, ideally including audio networking and/or live streaming audio and video
Experience in strategic planning and execution with the ability to analyze financial and market data and prepare reports, statements, and projections
Work requires professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
PC proficiency (Windows and Mac environments, iOs and Android)
Strong working knowledge of common business software tools
Ability to work independently and under pressure handling multiple tasks simultaneously

About Fender Musical Instruments:
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Presonus®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, EVH®, Charvel®, Bigsby®, and Groove Tubes®, among others. For more information, visitwww.fender.com. FMIC offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, 401(k), paid time off, and an equipment purchase program to help you get the band back together. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.
Fender is required by law in certain jurisdictions to include a pay scale in the job posting for this position. “Pay scale” means the salary or hourly wage range that Fender reasonably expects to pay for this position; it is neither a promise nor a guarantee of the compensation that the successful candidate will receive. The pay scale for this position takes into account the wide range of factors that Fender considers in making compensation decisions, including, without limitation: skill set, experience, and training, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. If this is a remote position, the pay scale disclosed herein may be adjusted further based upon the applicable geographic differential associated with the location from which the successful candidate will work. Please note that it is not typical for a Fender employee to be at or near the top of the pay scale for their role – especially as a new hire – and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Subject to the foregoing, the current pay scale for this position isapproximately $145,400 – $290,800 per year.

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