Vaga cadastrada em: 14/05/2019 10:56:00
Product Manager - Automotive Paints
Empresa: confidencial
Área profissional : Engenharia

We are looking for a Product Manager with an analytical profile that will make a difference in our VR (automotive paints) team. This professional will be responsible for managing and leveraging the segment's product portfolio (introduction / integration / exclusion), considering the global segment strategy and market trends. This Manager will be part of a global team and will have a lot of interaction with the R & D and commercial areas.

Main Responsibilities:

·         Actively manages products as a portfolio according to Integrated Business Planning guidelines (such as new product introduction, product obsolescence, rationalization, etc.)

·         Maintains and manages the specified product ranges by customer to ensure compliance to specification set by each manufacturer or market

·         Participates in Integrated Business Planning process to inform progress on key projects

·         Proactively identifies and acts on opportunities for (global) technology/range harmonization

·         Acts as Project Manager for new product development projects, including coordinating the business case creation with Sales and R&D

·         Ensures effective planning, communication and progress of new product development and launches into the market

·         Benchmarks competitors’ portfolio offerings compared to AkzoNobel portfolio

·         Creates convincing sales arguments for products including competitive comparisons

·         Coordinates and supports roll-out on market level with the relevant stakeholders (incl. pricing)

·         Provides ideas for product positioning to broader product management community

·         Contributes to culture of customer centricity and value proposition thinking

·         Identifies new product customer needs through direct Voice of Customer interactions and Sales team feedback and creates specification for new products in liaison with R&D

·         Identifies new product customer needs and creates specification for new products in liaison with R&D, using the stage gate process

·         Creates relevant value propositions for customer segments in accordance with the segment plans

·         Adheres to established brand strategies to ensure optimal product positioning and value creation

·         Provides product branding / naming guidance in coordination with BU segment manager

·         Provides input for tradeshows / events as required

·         Participate in new literature and collateral development with communications manager

·         Acts as a key liaison to R&D:

·         Regularly reviews with regional lab teams to manage regional technical activity with respect to Stage-Gate and LWR’s

·         Acts as a key liaison to sales:

·         Ensures that relevant product information is provided to the sales team and maintained up to date

·         Close dialogue with sales team to maintain feedback about product performance and market needs

·         Acts as a key liaison to the region(s):

·         Works with the Regional Portfolio Coordinator to optimize the product range such as product introduction, product maintenance and improvement, market scope extension, repositioning, value engineering and rationalization

·         Provide meaningful product portfolio briefings on regional level or input for briefings on global level for the Communication Department and technical training development team

·         Manage Regional Supply Issues Relabelling, inventory monitoring, stock outs, etc.

·         Monitoring of Regional product complaints in the region activation of product recall notifications to the market

·         In collaboration with BU Marketing and Pricing Excellence team, runs cost to serve analysis to develop deeper understanding about the customers and related profitability

·         Contributes to the creation of best practices in product management through the organization

·         Be familiar with all applicable corporate and site policies/procedures regarding personal conduct, HSE standards and always in compliance with all applicable regulations

Job Requirements:

·         University degree in in Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, Chemistry  or Engineering;

·         Working experience in commercial environments or marketing;

·         Some work experience in a tech/tech service role is an advantage;     

·         Analytical mind with good financial acumen.

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