Flexible Pipe Product Line Manager

Flexible Pipe Product Line Manager

GE - General Electric

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Role Summary:

Product Line Manager function is the interface between Commercial Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing, Sourcing and Sales – bringing a coherent focus to the value outcomes. This key role gives direction and voice to the product and the customer, defines the roadmap by which it evolves and identifies the critical initiatives to be taken for commercial success. They will evaluate the Impact/Effort required to improve or develop the product line and will prioritise activities.

Essential Responsibilities:

Product Managers are business leaders, shaping & executing our business strategy through the development of new technology, services and business model & innovation across the portfolio. Their prime responsibility is to achieve profitable growth through sustainable resource allocation. Product Managers are responsible for understanding customer needs, analysing market conditions, defining features or functions and ultimately delivering a product to suit those needs. The Product Line Manager must be data driven and detailed, but also hold a holistic commercial overview. They should quantify and communicate the impact of specific business or technical initiatives on their Product Line and the market. The role requires constant experimentation and challenge - questioning beliefs, challenging assumptions and understanding, and communicating the complete picture. The role must deliver the short-term business goals and tactics; but also clarify and evangelise the product long-term strategy; maximising value and delivering sustainable growth.The Product Line Manager will evaluate key market, industry and scientific principles that govern the ecosystems in which BHGE operates. They will bring together and direct resources and data assets that feed our industry market models, and champion these inputs together with our business partners, to identify opportunities for growth and disruption. 

Key Activities & Responsibilities:

Responsible for improving the value and reducing the cost of product design, manufacture, sourcing, qualification, installation and operating of flexible pipe systems. Analyse Competitive Intel., supported by ITO and Marketing, to maximise competitiveness. Direct the NPI portfolio which affect the Flexible Pipe Product Line to balance customer needs with value, and to ensure we are competitive, technically differentiated and tuned into customer pain points and future needs. Review and support engineering design for manufacture and design-to-cost/value initiatives. Embed these business tool and activities in cross-functional teams to:

  • Define customer requirements;
  • Define product and service requirements;
  • Identify new products solutions;
  • Determine feasibility and business impact;
  • Scope and define new products;
  • Promote new products and new ideas;
  • Build product and technology roadmaps;
  • Develop and deliver products on time and on-budget;
  • Balance product portfolios.



  • Excellent presentation and written skills required, to enable clear and concise delivery of information to leaders, colleagues, customers and contractors;
  • The ability to demonstrate and defend the case for products/systems is key;
  • Demonstrate a readiness to make decisions, take the initiative and originate action, but know when to delegate. Results will be measured against key platform metrics;
  • Requires exemplary teamworking behaviour, empathetic leadership and able to structure and manage complex discussions, including direct and indirect reports.
  • Provide leadership and manage interfaces as these evolve - to deliver results;
  • The ability to maintain customer value focus on both internal and external customers is essential. Customer relationships will be built and maintained to enable feedback and intelligence, upon which to build product strategy and future capabilities/product lines;
  • Close working relationship with regional leadership and stakeholders outside FPS is required.


  • Product Line CM;
  • Product line market shares;
  • Product line orders;
  • Services revenues & margins;
  • Return on investment.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical (or similar) engineering, plus business experience in technical or commercial roles covering design, sales, project execution. Deep knowledge of subsea systems and flexible pipe required.Proven track record of achievement to this grade.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead programs/projects;
  • Ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs;
  • Established project management skills.

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