Product Manager - Automotive,

United States, Michigan, Troy

Business unit: Speciality Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.
Actively manages the allocated product group as a portfolio in line with agreed branding rules and hierarchies. Ensures that the product group matches customer needs and supports the development of new or replacement products and manages their launch into the market; manages the withdrawal of unwanted or obsolete products.

Specific tasks:
- Creates relevant value propositions for customer segments in accordance with the segment plans
- Actively manages products as a portfolio, bringing in new products and regularly eliminating obsolete products
- Identifies new product customer needs and creates specification for new products in liaison with R&D
- Ensures effective planning, communication, and progress of both new product development and NPL activities
- Assures the timely launch of new products into the market and follows approval processes
- Implements brand strategies to ensure optimal product postioning and value creation.
- Maintains and manages the specified product ranges by customer to ensure compliance to
specifications set by each manufacturer
- Creates sales arguments for products including competitive comparisons
- Ensures that relevant product information are provided to the sales team.
- Provides ideas for product positioning to the broader product management community
- Contributes to the creation of best practices in product management through the BA
- Be familiar with all the applicable corporate as well as site policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct and HSE standards and acting in compliance with all applicable regulations.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Speciality Coatings

Sub business unit

Speciality Coatings_North America

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Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Graduate in Marketing, Economics, Chemistry

- 4+ years working experience in R&D or commercial environment
- Working in multi-disciplinary teams
- IT, MS Office skills
- Customer Relationship Management System
Personal Profile Requirements:
- Combination of technical and commercial understanding
- Essential to have good level of communication skills
- Good networker with good people skills
- Proactive, robust and pragmatic approach

As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).