2018-07-23

Product Development Manager
Job Opportunity at Strategic HR Solutions, LLC

Posted on Jul 23

http://SHRSRecruiting.com    303-247-9500

Location: Chicago, IL
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4164322

Are you passionate about developing cool new products and positioning them for successful entry to the marketplace? Do you get excited when you see you are scheduled for an ideation meeting, or possibly your team members affectionately refer to you as the ‘product geek’? If so, keep reading we have a really cool job for you!
 
Our client, a multinational leader in the automotive aftermarket accessories marketplace, is looking for a creative, passionate, ‘get it done’ Product Development Manager to join their high-performing product development team.
 
Here is what you can count on:
  • Exposure to all levels of product management from creation to entry to market, to continued support for ultimate sales success.
  • An opportunity to create and ‘own’ every aspect of your product lines, and become the subject matter expert for your creations. Pride when you see your ideas partnered with industry leading brands.
  • And last, but certainly not least, be part of a fun, creative organization that knows people come first. Where you are truly needed and valued for the expertise you bring to the table.
 
For more details, see right below.

Position Summary:
Opportunity for a Product Manager that will work cross-functionally to help manage the product life cycle ‘cradle to grave’ for several categories across our client's aftermarket car accessories business. This position will drive execution of new product development and support marketing and commercialization of new products.
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as subject matter expert for assigned product families as required. Develops an expertise on products including a shareable knowledgebase on:
    • Product positioning
    • Product specifications (performance claims) and capabilities
    • Competitive offering, advantages, and weaknesses
    • Conduct product rationalization, point-of-sale analysis and reviews product return levels
    • Monitor customer activities (promotions, positioning, offering, displays, marketing, etc.) to identify potential opportunities
  • Research and recommend new products or market opportunities consistent with the NPD pipeline and innovation strategy, specifically participating in ideation, developing new product ideas for our funnel, and assisting the Director of Product Management in facilitating the brainstorming sessions
  • Lead the Production/Execution phase of product development:
    • Manage New Product Development ideation sheets and item set up within the system
    • Work closely with Engineering/ Product Designers, Merchandising/Operations, Quality, and Creative/Marketing teams on bringing products to fruition
    • Report to management on the status of new product development projects
  • Lead the Launch phase of new product development:
    • Collaborate with Marketing for development of New Product launch plans
    • Coordinate/create training documentation, how-to videos, content creation, sales support materials, and product samples
    • Monitor and report on launch plans for new products and specific success criteria per product (sell through, timeliness, placement, etc.)
  • Manage all signage and in-store fixtures programs – working to design new fixtures, managing the existing offering, and all sales support associated with supporting our customers at retail
 
Skills and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A., B.S.) or equivalent
  • 5-7 years of product or brand management, marketing, or retail buying experience
  • Expertise with consumer package goods a plus!
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and excellent communication skills is a must
  • Specific Skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Travel: Estimated up to 5-10% of time for trade shows and customer meetings
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