Technical Product Specialist

Role

As part of the Application, Training & Support team, provide a high level of technical support for colleagues & customers across the Audio-Technica EMEA region, with a focus on the market within the UK, ensuring successful resolution of their queries and concerns; providing product training and demonstrations as requested to internal and external stakeholders; to carry out product testing for both familiarisation and to ensure compliance with legislation and support on-going product development.

Key Responsibilities:-

  1. Provide technical support on all Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath, Optimal Audio and Artnovion products (plus other audio brands that may be added from time to time), to all staff and end users in the UK and other represented regions and Audio-Technica distributors across EMEA as required, to ensure successful resolution of queries and issues. Assist end users across EMEA where there is no or limited distributor coverage.
  2. Assist customers and end users in remote fault finding, diagnostics and provide solutions; liaise with Service Department when deeper electronic knowledge is required; achieve a smooth handover to other departments where needed.  
  3. Assist with the maintenance of the web-based spare part product listings, including the creation of product descriptions; assist with regular review and updates of data as required.  
  4. Support the ATS Manager with provision of technical specifications for trade shows and exhibitions, including assisting with the design, acquisition & installation of equipment and products required; liaising with Marketing staff & external contractors to support successful delivery of the stands and maximising Company brands & profile.
  5. Carry out technical mock tests on equipment and products prior to use at shows and exhibitions, ensuring latest firmware and software are installed.
  6. Attend trade shows and exhibitions as requested as part of the team providing technical advice and guidance to customers to help maximise sales and increase confidence in the brands and products.
  7. Assist with delivery of product training for new members of staff, as appropriate for their role, and support monthly & quarterly seminars / update training for staff on new and existing products, including assisting with the creation of training materials.
  8. Carry out product training on new and existing products for UK-based trade accounts and their customers as well as distributors / customers across EMEA, as scheduled by the ATS Manager.
  9. Carry out in depth product testing on new products to determine compliance with EU legislation and product specifications.  Contribute to the construction of reports on results and discuss with ATS Manager and other Company departments as directed, prior to either release to market or return to manufacturer for modifications.
  10. Carry out in depth testing and analysis of competitors’ products and compare performance and design to Company’s products.  Contribute to the construction of reports on the findings and results for Sales and Marketing management teams, as requested.
  11. Carry out in depth product testing on existing products, to determine possible faults or potential for modifications or new application, as requested by the ATS Manager and company Product Managers.
  12. Contribute to the creation of the technical content of the Company website and Support Knowledgebase to ensure accuracy of information and enable end users to select appropriate products to meet their needs.  Asist with regular reviews and updates of all product information on the website.
  13. Contribute to ATS Manager’s monthly report on frequently raised issues and enquiries for Product Managers and brand owners to identify where modifications / faults need attention or action. 
  14. Undertake any training or development required to ensure up to date product knowledge, continued ability to carry out the requirements of the job role and general management development.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:- 

Essential

  • Professional Audio Experience and/or Degree level qualification in Music Technology Electronics or Audio Engineering
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of databases
  • Comprehensive knowledge & understanding of Audio-Technica products & its distributed brands
  • Experience in using and understanding of digital and analogue audio products
  • Excellent communicator with a high level of interpersonal skills
  • High level analytical & problem solving skills
  • Organised & methodical with excellent attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks, working under pressure to meet deadlines and customer needs
  • Full driving licence

Desirable

  • Technical specification ability / experience for Trade Shows & Exhibitions
  • Understanding of IT networking
  • Experience of controlled environment testing & measurement of products
  • Experience of training and coaching

Job Details & Benefits

  • Permanent
  • Full time - 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday
  • Regular travel across EMEA & overnight stays required in this role.
  • Competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Generous discount on products
  • Free Healthcare Cash Plan cover
  • Generous Pension scheme
  • Free Life Assurance cover
  • Sick Pay scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity & Paternity benefits
  • Flexible Home/Office working after training

If you are interested in this position, please apply by sending your CV along with a covering letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role to tgriffiths@audio-technica.co.uk by the closing date of 29th February 2024.