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Associate Manager, Global Product Management

Palatine, IL

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The Associate Product Manager will be responsible for supporting key initiatives which drive strategic, profitable growth within the Global Charcoal Grill product portfolio. This position is responsible for business and competitive analysis, identifying trends, line extension opportunities, and supporting projects as they funnel through the stage-gate development process.

Strategic Insight:

  • Partner with Global Product Manager on business case development for new product, category or channel concepts.
  • Develop competitive analysis to inform global point-of-view on product pricing, positioning, estimated volume, and projected margins.
  • Utilize data analysis across multiple sources to anticipate business trends, understand competitive activity, forecast implications, and present sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Assist with department budget tracking and support as needed.

Project Leadership:

  • Support Research & Development programs that help drive new product/channel strategy, as well as regular product line/SKU review and decisions such as sku rationalization and line extension strategies.
  • Facilitate new product launches partnering with the channel and marketing teams on the item-level detail, set-up, and execution of the commercialization product plans.
  • Track continuously improve activities on cross-functional planning, team alignment, stage-gate management, and decision-making processes.

Marketing Responsibilities:

  • Provide category support to Marketing team and partner on execution of go-to market plans.
  • Mine consumer insights and assist with key research initiatives. Help synthesize information from market and product research findings to develop insights that guide strategic and tactical plans.
  • Review and approve packaging, branding, claims and product descriptions in collaboration with Product and Marketing. Support merchandising development for point-of-purchase/impact at shelf.

Skills:

  • Must be detail oriented
  • Influential in building positive partnerships with cross functional teams
  • Strong project leadership, analytical capabilities, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Forward thinking and creative, high emotional intelligence
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks and projects

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrable successes in Product Management, Brand Management, or Product Marketing; consumer goods experience preferred
  • Experience working on a business with global or international exposure
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Demonstrates financial acumen and has experience with, and, understanding of point-of-sale reporting, consumer research, share data, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act proactively with an “in it to win it” orientation
  • Cross-functional understanding and ability to partner with finance, sales, research & development, marketing, and operations
  • Business analysis and planning experience including sound judgment and decision-making
  • Adaptable, resilient, flexible, fast-paced/sense of urgency, and a drive to win
  • Minimal travel required

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