Senior Product Manager – Fixtures – Chicago Based

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  • City: Chicago
  • State: Illinois
  • Title: Senior Product Manager
  • Industry: Fixtures
  • Overview The Product Manager manages product life-cycle of vitreous china sinks, toilets and related accessories with special emphasis on supporting new product development, market analysis and research, competitive analysis, project coordination, forecasting and sales support.

    The Product Manager is responsible for acting as the “Product Champion” for new product development including presenting the business case analysis culminating in a presentation and go/no go recommendation to senior management.
    The Product Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of product related issues for the vitreous china fixture product lines

  • Responsibilities
    Initial responsibilities include management of new product development activities and market analysis of new categories.

    Specific responsibilities will include:
    Actively contribute to strategic planning to align product strategy with overall company direction and objectives
    Product Enhancement and New Product Development
    Conduct competitive product assessments and develop new product or product positioning strategies
    Develop, maintain, and present short, medium, and long term product roadmaps that align with overall brand strategy and business objectives
    Support new product introduction efforts for fixtures. This will involve execution of the New Product Development (NPD) process in conjunction with our engineering and manufacturing teams in Taiwan and China, as well as North America based marketing and sales organizations.
    Support product modifications or enhancements based on performance analysis and field input
    Work effectively with management in promoting the short- and long- range plans for product marketing initiatives
    Support marketing with input and technical support for marketing materials, collateral, training, etc.
    Develop and deliver product training sessions for internal personnel and customers.
    Regularly communicate product plans and updates to field via live meetings, conference calls, presentations, etc.
    Lifecycle management
    Proactively manage product life cycles through analysis and field input
    Create and execute procedures for product discontinuations and transitions
    Pricing
    Conduct primary and secondary research on competitive pricing and positioning
    Recommend and implement pricing in line with brand strategy and business objectives
    Financial Analysis and Metrics
    Track and analyze product performance utilizing financial data, sales trends, and industry information
    Develop tracking and reporting formats for measuring product success
    Work closely with Sales and Supply Chain teams to establish initial product forecasts and contribute to existing product forecasts
    Perform financial justification of new products, line extensions, and enhancements
    Generate technical product bulletins as needed with input from QC, operations, customer service, etc.
    Execute on and offer revisions to NPD process and procedures.
    Flexibility to perform other duties as required

  • Requirements
    Bachelor degree from a four year college or university or equivalent education and experience.
    Minimum of 4-6 years experience in the job offered
    Previous experience in kitchen and bath fixtures strongly preferred
    Experience with international manufacturing is preferred
    Technical competence to review and understand product specification drawings
    Previous experience in engineering or quantitative disciplines is preferred
    Proficiency in MS Office suite
    Detail-oriented; precision and consistency is key to success in this role
    Ability to work effectively as a team as well as manage time and projects independently
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Strong interpersonal, influencing and leadership skills
    Bright, analytical, goal-oriented with high standards for quality and performance
    Flexibility to effectively work with others from different culture, work habits, and management styles
    Hardworking, action-oriented, and results driven
    Willingness to cooperate and accept added responsibilities
    Ability to travel