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Senior Product Manager, Audio
CA - Irvine

 

Opportunity Snapshot

If you complement your audio technical expertise with solid business acumen around product management, this position offers you the opportunity to lead two intriguing audio categories: home theater, our fastest growing business segment, and lifestyle products, an emerging and diverse area for us. You will develop and manage the 18-month product roadmap for these categories, incorporating both technical and marketing aspects. Quick question for you - click here While we have won awards in the audio category, you will effectively be the first true audio expert on our staff, putting you in a position to make a strong impact. At VIZIO you'll enjoy the dynamic, fast paced environment of a young, private and rapidly growing company.

Founded in 2002, VIZIO is America's #1 LCD HDTV company* and delivers "Entertainment Freedom For All." We are committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation, and offer a broad range of award winning consumer electronics. In 2007 VIZIO became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in US LCD HDTV sales and we continue to hold that spot. We are leveraging our success to expand beyond TV.

Pictured: the VIZIO High Definition Audio Dock features five professionally tuned speakers and a dedicated 4" subwoofer. It supports iPod®, iPhone® and iPad®, and connects to nearly all devices with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

* Source: IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q3 2011 Market Tracker Report of Q1 & Q2 2011.

The Requirements

To be a good fit for this opportunity you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree, ideally in Electrical Engineering; an MBA is a plus.
  • Significant experience and a track record of success in product management for audio projects, including:
    • Strong technical and product development knowledge AS WELL AS a thorough understanding of the business side, including consumer markets, suppliers and competitors.
    • A proven ability to develop and manage product roadmaps that result in market share growth.
    • Experience managing a P&L.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
  • A process orientation a well as the agility and flexibility to respond to changing priorities.
  • Solid organizational skills and a detail orientation.
  • A team player approach as well as the ability to achieve goals independently.

The Role

You will report to the Vice President, Product Development - A/V. While this position has no direct reports at this time, we expect that, as the audio categories grow, you will build a team. The range of products includes headphone design, wireless technology, home theater and soundbars, audio consoles, lifestyle products and new emerging technologies like Internet based Audio solutions.

You'll provide both technical and business leadership. Internally you'll work with Business teams to develop and execute business models, strategy and tactics; with Sales, including attending and presenting in customer meetings; with Technical to define and develop new technologies and products, and to plan two to three years out; and with Program Management to drive roadmap schedules. Quick question for you - click here Externally you'll interact with customers, suppliers and others.

More specifically, your activities will include:
  • Developing and maintaining the 18-month HDTV roadmap, including analyzing market data and working with key technical suppliers and market research.
  • Evaluating international requirements for the roadmap.
  • Assisting with PR and product launches in writing market specifications, definition of packaging, manuals and other key marketing collateral.
  • Ensuring projects remain on schedule.
  • Surmounting scheduling obstacles.
  • Researching new product growth areas primarily focused on new revenue and margin opportunities outside of core TV business.
  • Performing technical studies of the market trends to assist in overall roadmap development of VIZIO products.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

Why VIZIO

Own the success -- you'll lead a strong growth category: we developed soundbars as an alternative to home theater "in a box" and currently own 50% of that market. Furthermore, we expect that market to pass the "in a box" category in a year or so. While our competitors maintain traditional and conservative branding, you'll help promote VIZIO as a "hot" brand mixing things up in the middle of the consumer electronics revolution.

Award winning innovation -- we are committed to setting the pace with regard to emerging technology and you'll play a key role in ensuring we stay on the forefront. But don't just take our word for it -- we've garnered numerous industry awards for the quality of our products. For example, Consumer Reports ranked VIZIO among the best in several categories, including "Best Home Theater." See About VIZIO for even more awards.

Unique business model -- at VIZIO we're making innovative technology a commodity . . . we're not here to build a cheap product, but to make quality products affordable. Because we're a smaller company, you won't be typecast into the same role over and over; we encourage our people to grow beyond their job descriptions.

Winning perspective -- our CEO, William Wang, gained a new perspective on life after surviving the crash of a Singapore Airlines 747 in 2000; shortly afterward he brought this new perspective to consumer electronics. Today Mr. Wang heads up a company with a reputation for innovation as well as multi-billion dollar revenues. For more on Mr. Wang's story, check out the article in Inc. Magazine. Clicking on this link will open a new browser window, but be sure to come back to submit your resume!

Great environment -- in our hip, entrepreneurial and creative environment you will enjoy a good deal of autonomy and be able to shape this role moving forward. Bureaucracy is the enemy and creativity is our weapon! Our footprint is global, our staff is highly diverse and the office space is furnished in funky Zen.

Excellent compensation -- in addition to a competitive salary and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits.

Pictured: our Home Theater Headphones feature active noise canceling, 40mm neodymium drivers, Dolby Digital and SRS audio processing. Included is a wireless dock for iPod®.

Keys to Success

To excel in this role you will have a knack for orchestrating a large number of moving parts and keeping those parts turning smoothly and moving forward. You'll also need to ensure the technical considerations integrate seamlessly with the business aspects.

In addition, in order to be an outstanding Senior Product Manager, Audio, you will:
  • Combine strong self-motivation, discipline and flexibility; a lot of companies claim to have a fast-paced environment, but at VIZIO we make them look like slo-mo clips.
  • Demonstrate strategic agility, financial and business acumen and the willingness to "roll up your sleeves" to execute with excellence.
  • Look beyond your job description to see what needs to be done; people at VIZIO share a strong sense of ownership and accountability.

About VIZIO

Entertainment Freedom for All

Headquartered in Irvine, California, VIZIO is America's #1 LCD HDTV Company. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America. Since 2007 VIZIO LCD HDTV shipments remain in the top ranks in the US. William Wang founded VIZIO in 2002 with the idea that everyone deserves to own the latest technology. Today VIZIO has grown to over 160 employees and billion-dollar revenues.

We feature much more than great prices. Our efficient LED backlit TVs exceed current ENERGY STAR 4.1 guidelines, and we also offer 3D, VIZIO Internet AppsTM, Wireless HD Audio, full array TruLEDTM and edge lit Razor LEDTM displays. Our product portfolio includes the VIZIO Tablet, a Dual-Band HD Wireless Internet Router, Theatre 3DTM Glasses, the VIZIO High Definition Audio Dock (pictured) and more.

VIZIO has won numerous awards including:
  • #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics.
  • Fast Company's 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009.
  • CNET's Editor's Choice.
  • Bluetooth.org Best of CES.
  • Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens.
  • And many other prestigious honors.
Pictured: this 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater features a wireless subwoofer, Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1TM, SRS CircleCinema HDTM, and SRS TruVolumeTM.

 

Vizio is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled
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