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Senior Quality Manager - Stockholm

Senior Quality Manager - Stockholm

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ABOUT THE ROLE
At Zound, creating headphones and speakers isn’t just about making products that look good and sound great. It’s vital that we make quality products which meet regulatory and sustainability standards.

The Senior Quality Manager’s main objective is to coach and empower the team that works with quality, compliance and sustainability. It will be your responsibility to secure the right resources with the right skills and make sure that work procedures are up to standard.

We are looking for a person with a broad competence base within product development. You will be responsible for quality systems (ISO9001), requirement handling and regulatory compliance. A key part of the roll is to ensure that our quality management systems conform with customer, regulatory and internal requirements. 

And it’s not just Zound’s quality systems that need to be up to scratch. You will work with our manufacturing partners to develop quality procedures and sustainability requirements. As well as evaluating and reporting on our suppliers’ quality systems.

Good collaboration and communication skills are vital as you will work with the Project Management team, Design Manager, Product Managers and other parts of the development organization to plan activity. And you will work closely with our team in China to develop how we work with our development partners and suppliers.

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES

• Manage and develop the team
o Manage budget planning and follow-up outcomes
o Define long- and short-term targets for the organization
o Process owner of the quality process
o Process owner of the sustainability process
o Process owner of Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
o Manage workstreams and checklists 
o Develop and lead team, as well as conduct development talks, salary negotiations, define KPIs, and set bonus fulfillments
o Secure the right capabilities and manage consultants and external partners 

• Secure Project Capabilities
o Resource planning. Make sure that resources with the right skills are allocated on projects in the best possible way 
o Make sure that the organization has the right skills for future projects and technologies
o Ensure that the project works according to agreed process and working methods
o Ensure that products are developed according to our quality procedures

• Quality development
o Ensure that the organization’s Quality Management System conforms to customer, internal, and regulatory/legal requirements
o Implement Quality Management System according to ISO9001
o Implement Sustainability Process
o Ensure evaluation of, and reporting on, vendor quality systems
o Lead a team of quality engineers, inspectors and auditors together with our organization in China
o Report to management on the performance of our manufacturing partners in respect to sustainability and quality
o Keep track of customer returns and product quality problems, participate in change management work and forums  
o Keep up on regulatory requirements and quality standards

ABOUT YOU
• Master’s degree in engineering
• 5+ years work experience of quality management
• Experience of setting up quality systems
• Documented planning/allocation and leadership skills
• Management experience from consumer products
• Experience of developing an organization in an entrepreneurial spirit
• Experience of working with production and development partners in Asia
• Solid understanding of requirement handling and documentation
• Proactive and self-motivated
• Ability to define and implement processes
• Fluency in English, both spoken and written

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU? 
So, if you are up to the task of being responsible for a quality function at a fast growth company in constant change, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume and along with a description about why you’d like to join us as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.   

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Sourcing Manager Software - Stockholm

Sourcing Manager Software - Stockholm

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ABOUT THE ROLE
This is great opportunity to join one of Sweden’s fastest growing businesses and to be part of a multidisciplinary organization where we create magic together. Since we released our first pair of headphones a decade ago, the technical complexity of our disruptive product range has increased rapidly and it’s set to become even more complex in the future. Strong partnership agreements with industry leading suppliers is fundamental to us continuing to drive our success. 

We are now looking for a Sourcing Manager within the software and professional services category to join our global sourcing team. You will be responsible for developing and managing suppliers and 3rd party providers such as Google, Amazon, and Spotify that deliver industry-specific software or provide services related to software development. As a Sourcing Manager, you will also be part of the development of our new products, driving all sourcing activities from early cost estimate through to product launch.      

You will also work with the sourcing team to contribute to the continuous development of Zound’s sourcing department in terms of methodology and work processes.

You will report to Zound’s Sourcing Director. 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy and planning  
- Develop and execute sourcing strategies within software and professional services category together with relevant business stakeholders
- Develop deep understanding of sourcing area, technology trends, market forces, cost structure, vendor base and supplier road maps. 

Supplier relationship and development
- Developing suppliers by setting goals, assessing performance and conducting business reviews.
- Managing agreements and negotiating commercial terms and conditions. 
- Driving sourcing projects from issuing RFX’s to negotiations and signed agreements.

Drive change 
- Setting up processes and best practice to structure how the department works 
- Contribute to Zound’s growth and development, including sourcing’s transformation and ensuring we act as one Zound regardless of what country we do business in

ABOUT YOU
We’re looking for a proactive, pragmatic and skilled Sourcing Manager. You have 5+ years of sourcing experience, ideally with software and 3rd party service providers, plus knowledge of new product development from a FMCG/consumer electronics perspective. 

We are looking for somebody with an open, cooperative mindset who is business-oriented and can provide practical and actionable advice in a user-friendly way. 

As Zound Industries is a diverse and global company, you will have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU? 
So, if you are up to the task of working for Sweden’s most dynamic company, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume and cover letter as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously. 

We´re looking forward to your application! 

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Brand Director Marshall Headphones & Speakers

Brand Director Marshall Headphones & Speakers

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A bit about us 
Zound Industries design, develop, manufacture and market headphones and speakers under the brand names Marshall and Urbanears. Our mission is to create unique experiences in the intersection between lifestyle and tech that enrich people’s lives. With a genuine passion for new technology and user-centric innovation, we aim to create products that define our time. Zound has gone from strength to strength since first hitting the market in 2009, launching a wide range of iconic and award-winning products. 

We are a fast-growing company with our products selling in more than +120 markets. We have approximately 250 employees across our offices in in Stockholm, New York, Paris, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In 2018, turnover hit an all-time high of SEK 1.8 billion, and a new partnership with adidas was announced, with initial products launching in the second half of 2019.

The Marshall brand
Breathless roadies and roaring trucks have carried the trademark Marshall sound across the globe for more than five decades. A magnificent burden of rock n’ roll.  Nothing has been compromised and no detail spared when expanding the Marshall heritage of big stage performance to the individual enjoyment of good music. Watch this to get a flavour of the Marshall brand: 


About the role
For the past ten years we have been taking this rock n’ roll heritage and distilling it into a line of headphones and speakers to inspire a new set of Marshall devotees. Now, we are looking for an experienced Brand Director to continue building the long-term value of Marshall in the consumer electronics market.

You will have overall strategic and commercial responsibility and we expect you to manage the Marshall brand in a truly holistic way. It will be your roll to ensure that marketing communication, product development, price position and distribution strategies are aligned with the brand direction and drive business impact.

You will champion our brand strategy and guidelines to make sure our consumers get a consistent experience across all touch points that drive brand consideration and preference.

And you will manage the brand & business planning process for Marshall, ensuring alignment with key stakeholders on how to reach short- and long-term objectives.

A central part of the role is to manage and develop the global Marshall brand team and ensure that we have the right organization, capabilities and competences to continue scaling and growing internationally.

In the position as Brand Director for Marshall your responsibilities and primary tasks will include, but are not limited to:
• Brand Management with a truly holistic approach - responsible for brand vision, strategy and identity as well as communication, product development, price position and distribution strategies are aligned with the overall direction for the Marshall brand and drive business impact 
• Accountable for global brand P/L. Monitor business performance and ensure development in line with defined brand & business objectives & KPIs.
• Secure adherence to brand strategy and guidelines and ensuring a holistic brand experience in all consumer touchpoints. Providing brand & marketing guidelines, operational manuals and launch tool-kits to ensure a consistent brand experience across markets.
• Lead, develop and coach the global brand team.
• Secure internal alignment with key functions and local markets to ensure the successful translation of the Global Brand Plan into local Key Market Plans and developing fully integrated sales and marketing plans.
• In close collaboration with Director Product management/Marshall Product Manager ensure effective product portfolio management, assortment planning & product lifecycle management.
• Develop fully integrated GTM strategy and plans for each product launch.  
• Develop and implement global communication and media strategies that effectively build the desired brand position and drive brand consideration in the headphone and speaker markets.
• Keep track of brand health, overall consumer and category trends and competitor activity. Define consumer insights and market research needs. 
• Assess global agencies, recommend partners and negotiate agreements. 
• Be the main point of contact for Marshall Amplification PLC in the UK and ensure that Zound Industries fulfill contractual commitments, as well as continuing to foster a strong working relationship. 

You will report to: Chief Brand & Marketing Officer

Required skills and experience
• You have 10+ years of experience in a similar position.
• You have strong leadership skills and are a great communicator who can inspire, engage and energize the organization to deliver. 
• You are a passionate brand builder with proven results of building international brands, ideally from a head office position where you set the global brand direction.
• You have experience of holistic brand management (price position, distribution, concept/product development, marketing communication), ensuring that all elements of the marketing mix drive the desired brand position in the marketplace.
• You have extensive experience of B2C marketing from working with lifestyle brands, consumer electronics and/or FMCG. You have an understanding on how to build premium lifestyle brands.
• You have a strong commercial mindset and a focus on driving profitable growth. 
• You possess strong analytical and strategic skills, commercial acumen and a holistic mindset.
• You work well under pressure and enjoy working in a busy, deadline-driven, entrepreneurial and creative environment.
• You have great interpersonal and relationship-building skills as well as the the ability to form strong relationships with different stakeholders inside and outside the organization. 
• You are interested in popular culture, music, fashion, design, future trends and technology. 
• You have a Bachelor or Masters degree in business/marketing.

Does this sound like you?
So, if you are up to the task of being responsible for a global lifestyle brand in a fast growth company in constant change, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume and along with a description about why you’d like to join us as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.   

 

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Marketing Manager EMEA - UK

Marketing Manager EMEA - UK

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Location: UK

A bit about us 
Zound Industries design, develop, manufacture and market headphones and speakers under the brand names Marshall and Urbanears. Our mission is to create unique experiences in the intersection between lifestyle and tech that enrich people’s lives. With a genuine passion for new technologies and user centric innovation we aim to create products that define our time. 

Zound has gone from strength to strength since first hitting the market in 2008, launching a wide range of iconic, award-winning products. We are a fast growing company with products sold in more than +120 markets and today we have approximately 250 employees in our offices in in Stockholm, New York, Paris, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In 2018, turnover hit an all-time high of SEK 1.8 billion, and a new partnership was announced with adidas, with initial products due to hit the market in 2019. 

About the role
Zound is now looking for an experienced marketing manager to join our Brand & Marketing team. We want you to be, just like us, super passionate about developing products that our customers love, and you thrive in a fast-paced environment where one day is not like the other. 

You will operate in a key role, cross functional through the organization with our brand and marketing team, sales team, trade marketing, retail, consumer insight manager and other key stakeholders.

You will be responsible for the local marketing plan and ensuring brand consistency when executing global brand strategies. You will be based in UK and travel frequently to your markets, primarily UK, France and/or Germany. 

Job Description
This position will be a key player in establishing and building Zounds portfolio of brands in our European Key Markets, and to deliver on defined short and long-term brand and business objectives. The Marketing Manager is responsible for local marketing strategy and plans, developing and implementing integrated brand communication in all relevant channels. The ideal candidate has a holistic Brand Management approach – understanding the importance that communication, product assortment, pricing and distribution are aligned with overall global brand direction. Key in the position is to ensure synergies across product categories and secure holistic brand experiences in all interaction points that effectively build the desired brand positions in our key target groups minds. 


Key Responsibilities
• Responsible for developing and executing overall marketing strategy and set priorities for all Zound brands in the local markets
• Marketing plan development –together with sales/trade create a fully integrated sales and marketing plan that has a portfolio perspective and ensures local relevance while adhering to global brand strategy and guidelines
• Ensure global brand consistency, impact and relevance when localising/adapting brand communication. 
• Responsible for local marketing investment (in sync with brand teams and regional sales director) 
• Develop and implement local brand communication and media strategies (owned, earned, shared and bought media) that effectively builds the desired brand position 
• Monitor brand health and performance and ensure development in line with defined brand objectives & KPI´s.
• Support Sales Director in developing a comprehensive long term growth plan for the markets. 
• Together with Sales Director drive local go-to-market strategies and implement activations to support the commercial calendar and drive sell-out in all relevant channels.
• Keep track of overall consumer & category trends and competitor activity as well as ensure key market insights. Define consumer insights and market research needs together with consumer insight manager at Zound HQ
• Identity and drive implementation of continuous marketing improvements
• Manage local agencies, recommend partners and negotiate agreements

You will report to 
Marketing Director Key Markets

Experience/Skills
• 5-7 years consumer marketing experience with leading companies, where strong brand building is essential for business success. Experience in brand/or product marketing, digital marketing, PR, social media/influencer marketing and retail activation. 
• Bachelor degree in business/marketing
• A proven track record of successfully executing global brand strategies in markets
• Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
• Problem solving skills
• Strategic thinking and strong analytical skills, but with a hands on approach
• Strong business acumen and understanding
• Proactive, self motivating and energetic
• Experience and/or strong interest in working with life style brands and understanding of Zounds ambition to claim the lifestyle/tech position in the CE market. 
• Experience in consumer electronics, retail or work with fast moving consumer goods is preferred.

We expect you to:
• Be interested in future trends, technology and product concepts
• Be organized and methodical and able to manage different projects at the same time
• Work well under pressure, and enjoy working in a busy, deadline-driven, entrepreneurial and creative environment
• You need to have great interpersonal and relationship-building skills since you will be working with departments and stakeholders throughout the whole organization of Zound.
• Have good presentation skills 
• Be strong and focused in your decision-making, be creative and solution-oriented
• Be able to travel
• Have an entrepreneurial mindset

Does this sound like you?
So, if you are up to the task of working for a global and fast growth company in a creative environment, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.

We´re looking forward to your application! 

 

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Art Director Zound Industries - Stockholm

Art Director Zound Industries - Stockholm

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We are a fast-growing company that is known around the world. Well perhaps not that well known, but you may have heard of our brands – Urbanears, Marshall and soon adidas. In fact, they may even deliver high fidelity tunes to your ears from time to time.

Right now we're on the lookout for a talented Art Director to strengthen our corporate communications team. Diving in at the deep end, you will help to develop Zound’s corporate identity and ensure that this rings true with our overall global vision for the company. Based at the HQ in Stockholm, you will work closely with the Communications Manager and the management team to produce both external and internal artwork that really pops and puts Zound Industries on the map.

Needless to say you have an eye for design, a love of concepts and the ability to deliver high quality artwork. You’re a natural doer. You can deliver on the bigger picture while not losing sight of the smaller details. Above all you can help us develop a corporate brand that appeals across the board - to distributors and retailers, current and future employees, plus our investors and shareholders. You are confident in leading other designers and consultants on the path to greatness regardless if you are working on a keynote, a video or a website. 

The position 
Reporting to the Communications manager, you will work with various functions within the organisation. Your job will be to spearhead the direction for the corporate brand, leading specialist consultants and also producing a lot of artwork yourself.
The position is both strategic and operational. This means you’re not afraid to switch between long-term tactical thinking to more mundane tasks like updating Power Point/Keynote presentations. We’re a small corporate communications team so tasks truly range from everything to everything else.

About you
• A few years of experience as a Graphic Designer or Art Director at an agency, as a freelancer, or as part of an in-house team . 
• Proven creative capacity in all aspects of design, from concepts to print-ready files, presentations and web projects.
• Experience of working with corporate identity
• Experience in directing concepts for photography, web, PR and events.
• Experience developing concepts and visual language for social media and digital.
• Ability to produce printed materials, digital marketing assets; banners and e-newsletters.
• Ability to communicate your vision and concepts and inspire others
• A strong portfolio (website or PDF).
• Must be experienced in Adobe Creative Suite (ie. Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
• Fluency in English, both spoken and written (We are an English-speaking company).

Meriting skills
• Photography and retouch skills
• Experience working with CMS such as wordpress or similar

Does this sound like you?
So, if you are up to the task of being responsible for graphic design, art direction and corporate identity at a fast growth organisation in constant change, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume and portfolio as soon as possible as we review candidates continuously. 

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Senior Engineering Manager - Stockholm

Senior Engineering Manager - Stockholm

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We are looking for a Senior Engineering Manager to lead our new engineering team.

Our ambitious product development schedule means we need somebody who can develop our engineering function, inspire our team of engineers and make sure we continue to deliver headphones and speakers that define our time. 

This role will focus on mechanics, but you should also have a good knowledge of electro mechanics and interaction with electronics, product development and outsourced production.

You will need great leadership skills to drive development of the new engineering function. It will be your role to secure the right resources, define roles and responsibilities, as well as establishing an efficient way of working in a matrix organizational set up. 

A seasoned collaborator, you will work with the project management team, design manager, product managers and other parts of the development organization to plan project activities. And you will build great relationships and develop work methodology together with our subcontractors and partners in China.

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES

• Develop the engineering function

o Develop and lead our global engineering function within a cross-functional organizational set up 
o Define roles and responsibilities, work streams and ways of working for the engineering team in Stockholm and China, as well as with our development partners
o Develop the product journey process and deliverables for the engineering function, of which you also are process owner 
o Build great relationships and develop work methodology together with our subcontractors and partners in China

• Lead and develop the team

o Manage budget, plan, negotiate and follow up outcome
o Define long- and short-term targets for the organization
o Manage work streams and checklists 
o Develop and lead each team member as well as conduct development talks, salary negotiations, define KPI’s, and set bonus fulfillments
o Secure the right capabilities, and manage consultants and external partners 

• Securing project capabilities

o Resource planning. Make sure resources with the right skills are allocated on projects in the best possible way 
o Make sure that the organization has the right resources for future projects and technologies
o Ensure that the project works according to agreed process and working methods
o Ensure that the products are developed to function under given operational and environmental requirements

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

• Master’s degree in engineering
• 5+ years’ experience within project management, resource planning/allocation and leadership within engineering 
• Management experience from consumer product development
• Experience of developing organization in 
• Experience of the consumer products industry and familiarity with the whole product development process
• Experience of developing an organization in and entrepreneurial spirit
• Experience of working with production and development partners in Asia
• Solid understanding of requirement handling and documentation
• Solid understanding of the design process within product development
• Proactive and self-motivated
• Ability to define and implement processes
• Fluently in English, both spoken and written

Does this sound like you? 
So, if you are up to the task of leading our engineering team in a fast-moving organization in constant change, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume and along with description about why you’d like to join us as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.   

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Mechanical Engineer - Stockholm

Mechanical Engineer - Stockholm

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In this sparkling new role at Zound, the mechanical engineer will play a key role in product development, helping to take our well-loved headphones and speakers into mass production.

Our ambitious development schedule means we need someone who can keep an eagle eye on the development process to maximize results and deliver on time.

The mechanical engineer must have a keen eye for detail to analyze environmental and reliability tests and make sure our products reach these requirements. A natural problem solver, this person will design and work out complex mechanical problems in collaboration with other parts of the development organization and partners. 

And to help us in our quest for optimal and efficient production, the engineer will also secure the best mechanical solutions and handle product modifications while balancing cost, reliability and time. Plus, they will work with our manufacturing partners on prototype production and preparations for mass production.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our growing company. Find out more about the life of our engineers here

Key Responsibilities

o Evaluate and develop mechanical and electromechanical products and systems by applying principles of mechanics, heat transfer, and materials and according to product test specifications, and development methods
o Evaluate and propose mechanical solutions considering cost, reliability, quality and time constraints
o Work with the project team and suppliers to secure product launch according to agreed time plans and targets
o Collaborate with other departments, sourcing, compliance acoustics and electronics to find optimal solutions
o Coordinate with engineers and designers on prototype and production prototypes
o Work with development engineers and suppliers to resolve quality issues and handle approvals of mechanical parts to prepare for mass production
o Ensure that products are developed to function under given operational and environmental standards
o Prepare project reports by collecting, analyzing test data and trends 

About You

• Bachelor and/or master degree in mechanical engineering or similar 
• Experience of working with electro mechanics / electronic integration in mechanical constructions (such as PCB, Antennas, switches, etc).  
• Ability to plan and lead the mechanical design work within the product development project
• Experience in designing and developing plastics as well as basic knowledge of plastic tooling
• Experience of working with outsourced manufacturing / development partners, preferably in Asia 
• Experience of product data management 
• Good understanding of regulatory requirements relating to mechanical design and test procedures
• Knowledge of product development of consumer products
• Good knowledge CAD tools, 2D and 3D / SolidWorks
• Preferably experience of simulation methods
• Fluency in English, both spoken and written
• Be able to travel to China

Does this sound like you? 

So, if you are up to the task of being responsible for engineering matters in a fast-moving organization in constant change, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume and along with description about why you’d like to join us as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.   

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Senior Business Controller - Stockholm

Senior Business Controller - Stockholm

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About the role
This is great opportunity to join Zound Industries, a diverse and global company where you get the to work in multi-lingual and multi-cultural project teams. At Zound we have an interesting mix of competencies from a variety of disciplines, ranging from product and technology, design, acoustics, sales, brand and marketing. We believe in teamwork knowing that our collective energy creates our exceptional Zound environment.  

We are now looking to recruit a Senior Business Controller, a key role who will take responsibility of our controlling team and work in close collaboration with our CFO in order to meet the transformation and expansion our future requires. 

Key responsibilities but not limited to: 
• Supports the CFO in analyzing and monitoring the business for correct and timely decision support to relevant parties within Zound Industries
• Supporting the business in all financial aspects including monthly and quarterly reporting in accordance with company’s guidelines and timetable, budgets, forecasts and all ad-hoc finance analysis
• Preparation of budget and forecasts presentations, including presentation of business cases and analysis
• Constantly reviewing and improving the level of management reporting with executive summary and preparation of monthly review meetings
• Ensuring best practice and coherent financial processes across Zound - making recommendations and implementing as appropriate 
• Creating and presenting analysis and decision support documentation for business decisions and solutions
• Providing detailed monthly analysis of sales and forecast as well as open orders and analysis of inventory levels.
• Assisting the CEO, CFO and Management Team in controller related projects and take own initiatives
• Participating in the outlining and structuring of the working processes in the ERP-System such as implementation of Finance and IT projects within the business controlling area 
• Responsibility to lead and engage a team of three Business Controllers in their daily work duties. Reporting to CFO.

About you / Your background:
We’re looking for a proactive, pragmatic and solution oriented Senior Business Controller with a doer attitude, excellent business skills and a curious mind to join our Finance Department.
• Highly skilled professional with a Business/Finance university degree and at least 5 years of successful working experience in a similar position, preferably in a managing role with staff responsibility
• Driven, ambitious and takes own initiatives as well as well-organized and works well independently with an ability to achieve in a fast-paced environment with track record of working towards tight timescales and delivering well under pressure and to deadlines
• Humble with great personal skills and a team-player attitude with a proven excellence in successfully leading and engaging teams of both direct reports and project teams in a matrix format
• Strong business mind with a solid accounting knowledge and an analytical mind as well as a strong attention to detail and ability to analyze, compare and interpret facts quickly with good understanding for numbers
• Strong Excel skills and system oriented, preferably with Microsoft Navision and QlikSense experience
• Experience from international work environment and inventory management is a plus
• As Zound Industries is a diverse and global company, we see that you have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. A cooperative mind set aimed at adding value to Zound’s operations will be fundamental

Does this sound like you?
So, if you like the sound of leading business controlling on a strategic level for a fast growing company working with technology and lifestyle this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.     

We´re looking forward to your application! 

 

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Design Manager - Stockholm

Design Manager - Stockholm

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ABOUT THE ROLE
We are looking for an empowering manager to join our design department that will contribute with exceptional leadership skills that can take our passionate design team to the next level of productivity, motivation and inspiration and enable our full creative potential. You have a passion in building strong teams and efficient processes and enable interdisciplinary functions for us to deliver the next generation audio experiences that meet the future needs of our users. The Design Manager’s main objective is to create clarity through great design process and activity planning, secure and allocate industrial designers and UI/UX resources in the full product journey and continuously optimizing way of working as well as stay on top of their performance and development. Together with the Project Management team, Product Managers and Chief Design Officer (CDO) you will sign off and develop time and resource plans on a long term basis as well as break down priorities for how to use the resources smart in the team. This is also a managerial position, managing direct reports and compromising objectives/KPI’s with the team members. 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

• Secure Project Capabilities
o Plan projects with suitable resource and prioritizing activities according to the project ambition and timeline and synchronize & prioritize the project resource planning with Product Manager, Project Manager, and Engineering Manager for the best product experience
o Resource planning. Secure that the industrial designers and UX resources are signed on projects in the best possible way 
o Securing that we have resources available according for future project demand and budget goals communicated by the CDO.

• Track and secure time plans 
o Responsible for tracking time and resources used in each project, ensuring goals and budget targets are met and that projects are executed and delivered on time
o Update CDO for on-going projects plans & challenges 
o Document knowledge and insights for lessons learn activities to enable constant process improvements. 

• Manage & develop team members
o Lead and develop the team, both on an overall level and on an individual level.
o Defining the role and responsibilities, objectives/KPI’s, salary and bonus, for the team members in collaboration with CDO
o Planning team activates to boost the team spirit and to live up to the brand and company values, vision and strategy. 

ABOUT YOU
• A relevant Bachelor or Master degree in relevant field
• Several years of experience working with resource planning/allocation and leadership 
• Extensive experience in working with project management and product development
• Have a solid understanding of the design process within product development
• Have a solid understanding of consumer products industry
• Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and work cross functional   
• Proactive and self-motivated
• Fluently in English, both spoken and written

Does this sound like you?
So, if you like the sound of leading exceptionally skilled designerns for a fast growing company within lifestyle and tech, this job is a perfect match for you. Please send us your resume as soon as possible as we are reviewing candidates continuously.    

We´re looking forward to your application! 


A bit about us 

Zound Industries design, develop, manufacture and market headphones and speakers. Our mission is to create unique experiences in the intersection between lifestyle and tech that enrich people’s lives. With a genuine passion for new technologies and user centric innovation we aim to create products that define our time.

The house of Zound includes a portfolio of distinctive brands; Urbanears, Marshall and adidas. We are a fast growing company with products sold in more than +120 markets and today we have approximately 250 employees in our offices in Sweden (HQ), France, US, China and Hong Kong. 

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Get to know Zound

Get to know our culture

I'm trying to find the cherry on top

Keeping things real at Zound is Yandeh, our Mood Manager. Find out more about what she does to keep our values and culture alive.

I'm trying to find the cherry on top

Mood manager is an unusual job title, what’s it about?
My role is to set the mood at Zound. I’m here to make sure every single employee feels appreciated and valued. It’s about recognizing the individual and ensuring that they feel part of the bigger Zound picture. Your skills are important, but so is your personality.

How did you end up working at Zound?
I’d been working in the restaurant business for ten years in different roles and different countries. I was in serious need of a change. I heard that Zound was looking for somebody for reception and I got the job. I was kind of scared as I thought office work was stiff and boring. However, I was surprised. It’s as fun and social as what I did before but with a totally different development potential.

And how did you get the job as mood manager?
Part of my role was working with our chief evangelist, helping to define our culture and making sure it comes out in our day to day work. When he left, I was picked to head up this work, but we tweaked the title to fit me and my personality. Mood manager is actually a nickname my friends gave me. It kind of fits.

So what do you actually do?
A big part of my role is to make sure we all live our culture and values each and every day. I organize lunch and learning talks every week to challenge our thoughts and ideas. We’ve discovered how flow can be scientifically explained, how the creative process works and about conflict resolution in Columbia from a woman’s perspective.

Being curious and learning new skills can help you think about your work or life in a totally different way. So we have new skill nights that are like mini-courses covering everything from knitting to yoga to ZBrush.

I also work with HR on making our new employee induction the best it can be, letting them know that they are more than just a cog in a machine. And there’s always something happening from our Christmas bash to celebrating Norway’s independence day!

What’s your favorite part of the role?
I love making Zound feel like a home to everyone. Lots of people go to work and don’t enjoy their job and that’s a real shame. Here at Zound we want people to like coming to work. So I always try to create the wow – something that’s unexpected and brings everybody together. I’m trying to find the cherry on top.

Our values

Our values are the glue that bind us. They're what makes Zound what it is - a mix of courage for curiosity, creating the wow, believing that magic is together and being on the ball.

Our values are the glue that bind us. They're what makes Zound what it is - a mix of courage for curiosity, creating the wow, believing that magic is together and being on the ball.

Our values are the glue that bind us. They're what makes Zound what it is - a mix of courage for curiosity, creating the wow, believing that magic is together and being on the ball.

Our values are the glue that bind us. They're what makes Zound what it is - a mix of courage for curiosity, creating the wow, believing that magic is together and being on the ball.

Our values

Courage for curiosity
Curiosity – a strong desire to know or learn something. Courage – doing something that
We are fueled and fascinated by the world around us and remain receptive to its untapped potential, energetic, eager, and in movement, listening, watching, and witnessing. We dare to question our own standards and methods, never afraid to turn things on their head, to deconstruct, reinvent, and push past our prior limits in the pursuit of creating unique and relevant experiences for our customers. We remain connected to the public, hungry for knowledge, proactively absorbing the habits and conversations populating society in order to develop our expertise. We are not afraid to step out of our comfort zone and take risks, as in our striving and reaching and experimenting, through our failures and successes, we unlock the new.

Create the WOW
We aspire to set ourselves apart from the rest, to make a meaningful difference through our work. We strive for the unexpected wow-factor, to surprise and inspire others. We’re ambitious and go the extra length, turning the volume up on what is possible, challenging ourselves to enrich experiences. We make an impact, instilling a sense of marvel and astonishment through all our actions. We are motivated by the unexpected, the never-before, and set out to shift the norm and rewrite the rulebook one step at a time. We seek out the emotional connections in our work, and innovate by listening and acting upon our insights and learnings, making a positive, memorable impression, our passion visible in all we do.

Magic is together
We believe in teamwork, aware that our collective energy creates our exceptional Zound environment. We embrace and value diversity in all its forms, and respect individual expertise as a key to our potential. We care about one another, and foster a safe, trusting, all-inclusive atmosphere. We collaborate and contribute, providing one another with the resources to do our best, feel supported, and grow. We empower one another through our community, celebrating wins, maintaining humility, and remaining aware of our individual roles as part of a greater team. We keep things positive, but don’t mind a bit of collaborative friction along the way to new realms of creativity. We respect the collective, unified power of what we do, igniting the magic by coming together.

On the ball
We are proactive and professional in our day-to-day operations, driven by a vigorous spirit of individual potential, aware that we are each responsible for delivering our own unique work to keep the overall Zound in movement. We make achievable goals in order to inspire success, excited by our work yet clear in our objectives. We follow through on plans, making trustworthy colleagues and company representatives, maintaining open lines of communication. We are effective and efficient and learn quickly from mistakes, minimizing waste of time and resources by assessing our successes and failures, refining and perfecting our methods. We keep the finish line in sight every step of the journey, and understand that a thriving Zound is an honest, reliable, consistent, confident Zound.

Get to know our people

Meet Ebba, Industrial Designer, Stockholm

"We're all problem solvers"

Meet Ebba, Industrial Designer, Stockholm

“We’re all problem solvers”
 
I was employee number 50-something. Straight after my degree I joined the company as a design trainee. Then I became a junior designer and now I’m an Industrial designer. That means I work with the outsides of our products, designing them for mass production. It’s not just about how they look, we have to think about the materials we use, the textures and how it feels for a customer to use them.

Until recently I was part of the team working on the Adidas Originals project. We were starting from scratch so we had to understand the form language of Adidas before we even started designing the products. Now I’m back working with Marshall again. Each brand has a different personality, look and ethos – it’s great to be able to work with all of them.

Working in a company that’s growing so fast means that we’re all problem solvers. If you see something that needs fixing, you fix it. People trust that you will do a good job. Each day is different depending on the stage of each project. One day I can be part of super-serious meetings about budgets or picking materials and the next I’m playing with glitter for a collaboration with an artist. I really have to pinch myself sometimes – it still feels like I’m in school.

My colleagues are what make the job. Zound has a great team and even when we lose somebody really good, we always seem to find an equally great person to replace them.

Meet Tim, Global Logistics Manager, Stockholm

"It’s about taking the opportunity"

Meet Tim, Global Logistics Manager, Stockholm

“It’s about taking the opportunity”

If you see something that needs doing, then you just get on and do it. That’s the great thing about Zound – you’re given the freedom to get on with your job and make a difference.

Logistics is a bit like working in a control tower. You’ve got to make sure that the right items are in the right place at the right time. At the right price, of course. Then throw in a fair amount of managing expectations of customers, colleagues in sales and management, and you’ve described my job in a nutshell.

I spend a lot of time talking with contacts around the world. One moment I’m on the phone to our factories in China making sure products are ready to ship, then I’m talking to our warehouses or our transport partners across Europe and the US.

We mainly ship things by sea, so you have to think ahead. Each month I work on forecasting our demand to make sure shelves are always stacked with our products. It gets really crazy in the last part of the year in the run up to Christmas and other holidays.

My life motto is be open to try. I was a member of a band playing 80s rock and now I spend my spare time competing in triathlons. This is a great bit of advice for people starting at Zound too.

Zound brought me to Stockholm and it’s also introduced me to some of my best friends. We’re like one big family.

Meet Clement, Regional Sales Manager, Paris

"Everything is possible"

Meet Clement, Regional Sales Manager, Paris

“Everything is possible”

My link to Zound goes back to almost the beginning of the company’s story. From 2009 to 2014 I worked for one of the first distributors of Zound products. Then I joined the family for real as a regional sales manager. Back then we were a team of six and over the past four years we’ve grown to be 26.

A sales manager’s job is very varied. Of course, I spend a lot of my time with retailers and distributors – in meetings, giving training sessions, visiting trade shows. Then there’s the back-office stuff like price quotations, business reviews, sales operations and so on.

Sales is always challenging, but also fun. When you’re part of a fast-growing company it feels like everything is possible. And it is. But it’s up to you to make the most of it. You’ve got to be proactive, ready to learn and have an entrepreneurial mindset.

I’ve learnt a lot in my four years with Zound. Two of my biggest challenges have been creating the French sales team and setting up the Paris office. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we moved in.

I can’t wait to see what happens over the next four years. There’s so much potential and room for growth.

Meet Jesper, Sales Operations Manager, Stockholm

"Be open and don’t be afraid to ask"

Meet Jesper, Sales Operations Manager, Stockholm

“Be open and don’t be afraid to ask”

My friend tipped me off about Zound. He was working here and said I should too. After that I got talking to one of the founders at a tech event and sent in my resume. I didn’t hear anything so I sent a reminder and half an hour later I was on the phone to HR talking about opportunities. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything to suit me then, but a few weeks later I got a call back and I started as sales and logistics coordinator.
 
In the beginning I was combining studying and working. I got the chance to go to our New York office on an internship and learnt all about the US market. It was invaluable experience. After the six months I came back to Stockholm as Sales Operations manager.
 
In my role you need a balance of good analytical and communications skills, an eye for detail and be able to build relationships quickly. At Zound you are constantly challenged. You get given assignments that you may not have done before, but you are trusted with the responsibility. It’s challenging but really helps you grow.
 
My best tip for people starting at Zound is to be open and don’t be afraid to ask. We’re a scale-up company so we’re all learning. And the people! It’s fantastic working with so many inspiring and ambitious people.

Meet Trinity, Regional Sales Manager, China

"Never had a role like this before"

Meet Trinity, Regional Sales Manager, China

“Never had a role like this before”

Through friends I met with one of the founders of Zound and started working as a project manager in the production office. I think I was the fourth employee. As the company grew my role changed. I started taking the lead of sourcing and logistics in China and when the manager of the Chinese office left in 2014 I became operations director for China.

As Zound got bigger some responsibilities were transferred to Stockholm. At the same time ecommerce sales in China were going through the roof so I investigated the potential of setting up a local ecom team. In 2017 I became regional sales manager in China.

I’ve never had a role like this before, so it is both challenging and exciting. My goal is to finish setting up the sale team and make sure it functions well. I spend a lot of time on teamwork. It’s important that everybody feels they are making an impact to help the company to continue growing.

Working at Zound is very different than the average Chinese company and it can be a bit of a culture shock. So it’s super important to make sure we recruit the right people. We want to create a healthy environment that gives our employees the right work life balance.

Meet Malcolm, Audio & Acoustics Engineer, Stockholm

"Be prepared to get involved"

Meet Malcolm, Audio & Acoustics Engineer, Stockholm

“Be prepared to get involved”

My specialty in our team is drivers. These are the parts of speakers and headphones that make the sound. It’s a pretty niche area so when I was looking for a new job and couldn’t find anything in the UK, I started looking further afield and found this job. I started working almost straight off the plane. I only dropped by the office to pick up some keys but started chatting to the team and got stuck in right away. Haven’t really stopped since.

Each morning I’m in touch with our suppliers in China through project meetings or just answering emails and then during the afternoon I’m usually in the lab – measuring speakers, analyzing components, developing the distinctive sound of our products. In acoustics it’s a balancing act to make sure that all the parts of a speaker or headphones work well together. Changing one thing can often have an unwanted knock-on effect. It’s something you get the hang of with experience. Plus a lot of trial and error.

Working at Zound you’ve got to be prepared to get involved and try out new things. There’s so much going on, both at work and after work. I mean, I’d never even heard of innebandy before I moved to Sweden and now I play every week!

Meet Sandra, Global Digital Marketing Manager, Stockholm

"The only limit is the one you set yourself"

Meet Sandra, Global Digital Marketing Manager, Stockholm

The only limit is the one you set yourself

Even in the short time I’ve been at Zound our team has grown like crazy. Both in the number of people and in terms of responsibilities and competences. People explore, learn about a brand, a product or a trend in different ways, sometimes more complex to get a grip on, now and go online instead of visiting real life stores or simultaneously, so we’ve moved our focus to meet this (not that) new reality.

My days vary so much. Of course, I have the normal admin and tasks to deal with, but I could be developing campaigns, working on product launches or budget planning. At the heart of my role is engaging customers online from the moment they think about buying a speaker or some headphones right through until they become a repeat customer and keep them engaged and loyal.

Being a good communicator is essential. We’re still relatively small so I work with people in lots of different roles as close or as far as it can get from my domain of expertise. I might be working with the brands, retail teams, sales, external partners of all kinds. So it’s important that I can share my thoughts and ideas clearly and get the same experience from everyone I work with.

I’m learning all the time. Things happen so fast and you really have the potential to make an impact. Everybody here works beyond their job description and the only limit is the one you set on yourself.

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