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Senior Product Management - Storage Platform Products

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Location: San Jose, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000039604


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We have an exciting position within our Business Unit focused on providing platforms and systems level storage solutions as we support our Customer’s success and growth.   WD is designing, manufacturing, integrating and selling innovative storage enclosures and related products that leverage our industry-leading devices including HDDs and SSDs.  We are a creative team with a passion for enabling our Customers to deploy solutions that enhance data center performance and efficiencies.
In this position, you will be responsible for managing both existing and future storage platform product lines from inception and ideation through design, build, launch, growth, enhancement and end of life.  You will be working closely with our strong team of Sales professionals to educate them on the value of our solutions as well as become an advocate for key Customers who may be looking for additional features and functionalities.
You will work within WD cross-functionally to manage and communicate effectively as you lead our efforts to create new differentiated solution offerings.  Primary functional interfaces include Sales, Product development/engineering, Business Operations (Forecasting and Pricing), Product Marketing and Customer service and support.
You will be responsible for:
  • Create innovative market and product requirements documents (MRD & PRD) for next generation and/or new products. 
  • Development and execution of the product roadmap.
  • Development of business case analysis to support investments in new products and enhancements form business analysis with subject matter experts and customers.
  • Identification of new market or segment opportunities, product enhancements, and line extensions.
  • Development of strategy and documentation to support the approval, design, development and launch of the product.
  • Identification, specification and prioritization of features, functionality and capabilities.
  • Manage product revenue and margin, establish product pricing, monthly forecasting and contribute to business plans.
  • Monitoring of the marketplace, customers and competitors. Definition and implementation of strategies to counter competitors.
  • To be an expert in the product and keep up to date with technological advances.
  • Facilitate development and implementation of high impact and differentiated product positioning and messaging.
  • Facilitate development of high impact sales tools.
  • Development of sales and channel training materials to educate the sales force about products and solutions.
  • Joint presentations with sales for key customers.
  • Develop strong customer relationship with strategic OEM accounts in the market. Marshal the management, marketing, and engineering resources of the business unit to ensure success.
  • Evangelizing the product at industry events, seminars and customer briefings.
  • Proven experience (3-5 years or more) in a Product Management, Technical Marketing, Program Management or Engineering role with deep involvement with system-level solutions and products.
  • Strong background (3-5 years or more) in storage or networking technology and in particular flash storage devices or systems as a development engineer, applications engineer, product line manager or in a technical marketing or program management position.
  • Excellent business acumen related to business case development, market and financial analysis, competitive analysis and support requirements for field sales.
  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally with Sales, Engineering, Business Operations, Product Marketing and Customer service and support.
  • Bachelor’s degree in EE, Computer Science or Computer Engineering preferred, a degree in Marketing or a related field with a technical focus will also be considered.  MBA would be a plus.
  • 8 to 10 years of data center, storage, networking and related technology experience       (Specifically seeking Flash Storage and Systems-Enclosure related experience)
  • Previous experience in product development, product management and/or technical marketing is required
  • Previous experience with motherboard and/or server designs is preferred
  • Previous experience with network connectivity requirements for storage applications is preferred
  • Previous experience with applications and configuration preferences for hyper-converged storage solutions is preferred
  • Ideally, the candidate will also have white-box solutions related to data storage or networking systems and server industry contacts including suppliers and Customers
  • San Jose, Colorado Springs or Denver preferred
  • Open to other locations with some travel required