Assist in the development and management of the Core product offering. This position is responsible for tracking, analyzing and reporting on internal and competitive product trends and will use this information along with other relevant data to recommend product opportunities to the Product Manager. The Associate Product Manager will lead cross-functional project teams, support the development and launch of new Core products and perform other tasks as assigned. This position reports to the Product Manager – Construction Systems & Solutions.
Track and report on competitive and industry trends, customer needs and other relevant data;
Manage the competitive product library and oversee the creation of the Annual Quote Study;
Work within existing systems and processes to track, analyze, communicate product needs and specifications;
Drive category-specific new products through the Product Development process as assigned;
Research and develop understanding of new categories as needed;
Work with Product Engineering to ensure that assigned products are designed to meet customer expectations;
Ensure timely and effective communication with all departments involved with new product launches;
Lead and/or participate on assigned new product launch teams;
Review and approve the technical accuracy of advertising and promotional copy, including but not limited to consumer catalogs, specifications books and price books prior to printing.
This job typically supervises 2 Summer Interns.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.
Education, Experience and Skills
A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred;
Minimum of 3 years experience in one or more of the following; marketing, product management, product design, product engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing or equivalent experience;
Strong project management skills required;
Organized and analytical, with relentless attention to detail.
Excellent personal computer skills – Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Access)
Ability to build effective business relationships with customers and internal clients, as well as the ability to work discreetly with proprietary and confidential information.
Excellent oral and written communications skills, with an emphasis on formal presentations
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common business and technical journals and diagrams. Ability to listen and communicate effectively with customers/clients and employees in an effort to respond to common inquires or complaints. Ability to develop presentations to be delivered to groups and management.
Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as statistical and financial math calculations, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, mathematical or diagram form and develop a plan of action to follow those instructions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, and distinguish different colors. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and must frequently carry product samples weighing up to 20 pounds.
Typical office environment. The noise level is usually moderate. Work hours will vary from normal business hours. Occasional weekend work may be required. Occasional travel is required.