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Danaher Corporation Director, Digital Product Management, Web-to-Product (W2P) in Chicago, Illinois

Position Overview

Lead product strategy, development and delivery of a disruptive Web-to-Product SaaS solution enabling emerging brands to achieve high-impact packaging designs, increasing store and e-com sales, reducing costs and rework, and improving time-to-market with the aim of creating a $50M+ business within the next 5 years.

The candidate will use start-up experience and digital product management skillset to refine and expand the business strategy, create the product strategy, and drive product discovery and delivery. This position is for a multi-dimensional person who is enthusiastic about working in a start-up set-up, digital business transformation, digital product management, emerging digital technologies, creativity and breakthrough, ground-breaking innovation, as well as grounded in business, strategy, and product management in the dynamic world of packaging and color.

Position Description

This role is a unique opportunity to contribute and lead the building of a new, rapid growth, cloud-native SaaS business that bridges the design and manufacturing gaps between the physical package and its digital ”twin.” This so-called twin represents the “blueprint” of the package and components before it is made. This is a highly relevant trend in consumer goods allowing for more agility and better use of packaging assets and product information for marketing, social media, and retail marketing. We also sees a very real opportunity to influence packaging sustainability and environmental impact through smart packaging design.

You will lead the development and launch of a SaaS-based product design and workflow tool. This tool will lead all aspects of an end-to-end product built-out process - from ideation, through supplier selection, into product testing and experimentation, and on through the manufacturing process.

The value to the customer would be to provide a more agile and flexible development process, with the ability to test and experiment while tracking eventual unit costs, feasibility, and timelines for delivery. This product is intended to maximize and deploy other adjacent technologies at Esko, Pantone and X-Rite, but also to develop new and more innovative approaches to existing and future industry challenges.

Critical Success Factors

  • Deep understanding of the evolving customer problems as well as adoption hurdles

  • Ability to use analytics in the SaaS platform for learnings and product enrichment

  • Able to build a strong working relationship with sales and marketing functions

  • Able to drive discovery and delivery activities with passion and conviction

  • Able to establish a team around you and grow that team as the business grows

We are looking for a professional who is:

  • Ground-breaking thinker – solve problems and approach work with innovation at the forefront of their mind.

  • Team player – relationship-savvy person who intentionally makes connections with both internal partners and external contacts, partners, and resources.

  • Customer-oriented doer - create commitment and trust through strong work ethics and customer-focused demeanor

  • Proactive and strategic problem solver who first understands customer, business and partner needs and is then keen to bring forward and test new insights and industry-leading practices to bring a better communications experience to our associates

  • Lead and run project teams with a range of experience and skills and engage at the highest executive level in Danaher

Your Education and/or Background Experience will include:

  • Proven experience in digital product management.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or related degree. Advanced degree and/or MBA is preferred.

  • Hands-on start-up experience for digital solutions, with dynamic and increasing responsibility

  • B2B or B2C experience with SaaS-oriented software development and commercialization

  • Understanding of cloud technologies and SaaS business models to drive success with commercial teams

  • Practitioner of agile development and continuous integration/deployment

  • Can work in an environment that combines commercial strategy with UX/UI and product functionality

  • Product Owner graduated to Product Manager role, a plus

  • Knowledge/experience with design market and packaging design, a plus

About the Company

This role will be embedded in a start-up unit within the Packaging & Color Management platform, using branding, products, customer base and market reach of its operating companies:

  • Esko - a global provider of integrated software and hardware solutions that digitize, automate and connect the go-to-market process of consumer goods. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging for billions of consumers.

  • Pantone - provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone Products and Services to help define, communicate, and control color from inspiration to realization

  • X-Rite - offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes.

  • AVT - global leader in print process control, quality assurance, and press control for the packaging, labels, and commercial print industries

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 202.419.7762 or applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation.If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.