Vacancy

Product Manager - Beverage Coatings,
Full-time

United States, Ohio, Strongsville

Business unit: Paints and Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

Responsibility

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including International, Interpon, Sikkens and Chemcraft – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.  In North America, we’ve been producing innovative, high-performance coatings since 1888. Today, you can find AkzoNobel’s products supporting industries ranging from aerospace to consumer electronics, infrastructure, transportation, home décor, furniture and marine vessels. With a regional headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AkzoNobel’s North America operation includes 3,500 employees at more than 30 manufacturing sites, technology labs and business offices.   For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com


In North America, AkzoNobel provides performance coatings products to customers through four operating business units:  Powder Coatings, Automotive & Special Coatings, Industrial Coatings and Marine, Protective & Yacht Coatings.  

 

Responsibilities:
- Manages and strengthens the segment product portfolio (introduction/integration/deletion), considering global segment strategy and market trends

- Ensures that the product ranges are relevant for the customer needs and product information is maintained and up to date

- Drives distinctiveness for AkzoNobel products versus competitors in the minds of our customers ensuring this by matching the customer needs better than competitors

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

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- Creates relevant value propositions for customer segments in accordance with the segment plans
- Coordinates new product development business case creation in coordination with Sales and R&D
- Acts as Project Manager for new product development projects, using the stage gate process
- Ensures effective planning, communication and progress of new product development and launches
- Assures the timely launch of new products into the market and follows approval processes
- Adheres to established brand strategies to ensure optimal product positioning and value creation
- Creates convincing sales arguments for products including competitive comparisons
- Manages and strengthens the segment product portfolio (introduction/integration/deletion), considering global segment strategy and market trends
- Ensures that the product ranges are relevant for the customer needs and product information is maintained and up to date
- Drives distinctiveness for AkzoNobel products versus competitors in the minds of our customers ensuring this by matching the customer needs better than competitors
- Actively manages products as a portfolio according to Integrated Business Planning guidelines (such as new product introduction, product obsolescence, rationalization, etc.)
- Proactively identifies and acts on opportunities for (global) technology/range harmonization
- 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
- Participates in Integrated Business Planning process to inform progress on key projects
- Maintains and manages the specified product ranges by customer to ensure compliance to specification set by each manufacturer or 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
- Ensures that relevant product information is provided to the sales team and maintained up to date
- 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
- Coordinates and supports roll-out on market level with the relevant stakeholders (incl. pricing)
- Provides input for tradeshows / events as required
- 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
- Provides ideas for product positioning to broader product management community
- Benchmarking of competitors portfolio offerings compared to AkzoNobel portfolio
- Contributes to the creation of best practices in product management through the organization
- Participate in new literature and collateral development with communications manager
- Close dialogue with sales team to maintain feedback about product performance and market needs
- Regular reviews with regional lab teams to manage regional technical activity with respect to Stage-Gate and LWR’s
- Be familiar with all applicable corporate and site policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct, HSE standards and always in compliance with all applicable regulations
- Provides product branding / naming guidance in coordination with BU segment manager Provides pricing and warranty guidelines for product families. 

Vacancy data

Organisation

Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number

1800056G

Continent

North America

Country

United States

State/Region/Province

Ohio

Site

Strongsville

Business unit

Paints and Coatings

Job family

Marketing_Prod_Mgmt

Hierarchy level

Professional/Experienced/Specialist

Full time/part time

Full-time

Contract type

Permanent


Job requirements/Candidate profile

- University degree in in Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, Chemistry  or other related field

- 5+ years working experience in commercial environment

- Ideally experience in more than 1 area of marketing and/or sales, ideally experienced in product/project management

- Demonstrates strong performance orientation

- Global experience strongly preferred but not required 

- Showcase organizational acumen

- Solid interpersonal and influencing ability

- Stakeholder management

As a leading coating 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).

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