Product Manager Cutting (SP Series)
Employed with Trotec since:
01 February 2017
My personal work motto:
Everything will be fine!
This is how I would describe my job to a friend:
s product manager, you are the link between the market (i.e. customers, competition, sales, service) and the more internally-oriented departments (R&D, production and purchasing) in all matters concerning a particular product group. My main responsibilities include market research (customer requirements, offers by the competition, trends, technologies), designing the product life cycle (developing new products, further developments, product care, discontinuation) as well as supporting marketing and sales with product-specific matters (USPs, communication, target groups, applications…). As product manager, you act for “your” products like an entrepreneur in a company, and you shape the path to success holistically.
"Eigentlich bin ich ein ruhiger und vorsichtiger Autofahrer (ich habe einen VW-Bus), der nicht zu schnell fährt (Strafzettel bekomme ich äußerst selten). Trotzdem habe ich es irgendwie geschafft, dass ich in meiner kurzen Zeit bei Trotec (ein halbes Jahr) bereits 3 Strafzettel fürs Schnellfahren bekommen habe. Einmal davon musste ich mich über eine Kleinigkeit an meinem Produkt so aufregen, dass ich die Geschwindigkeitsbeschränkung übersehen habe - das hat mir sogar einen Punkt in Flensburg eingebracht... Actually, I am a quiet and careful driver (I have a VW bus), which does not drive too fast (I get tickets very rarely). Nevertheless, I managed somehow that in my short time at Trotec (half a year) I have already got 3 speeding tickets. Once I had to worry about a trifle on my product so much that I have overlooked the speed limit - this has even earned me a point in Flensburg ..."- A funny anecdote from my work life - Michael Garstenauer -
I spend most of my work day...
... doing lots of different things – from working on the machines (product managers must know how to use them) to providing support internally and to subsidiaries as regards all sorts of product-related queries, talking to customers and users, shaping product development through to preparing a product road map and identifying and analyzing possible areas for innovation – everything is very diverse and multi-layered.
The coolest thing about my job is...
...the combination of technology (features, functions), strategy (positioning, use of resources, future direction) and people (requirements, usability, communication). It's challenging, varied and exciting.
The thing I appreciate most about Trotec is:
- Positioning and market orientation is being pushed through to a far greater extent than I've ever experienced; in my opinion, this is an essential driver for success.
- Opportunities are consistently seized and developed with long-term prospects in mind.
- The working atmosphere is characterized by helpfulness, collaboration and mutual respect.
- The environment (rooms, equipment, activities) is pleasant; you feel valued.
Something personal about myself:
I'm father of six children who keep me thoroughly on my toes during my spare time, but who also give me a lot back. The children – I've got five boys and one girl – are aged between two and sixteen, so there's always something going on.