Stay thoroughly abreast of competitive and industry trends, customer needs and other relevant data;
Develop and evolve processes to track, analyze, communicate product needs and specifications;
Identify new product opportunities by leveraging key inputs such as company strategy & objectives, consumer research, channel / customer requirements, while balancing with internal capabilities / production platform.
Drive all category-specific new products through the Product Development process;
Research and develop understanding of new categories as needed;
Analyze and distill a broad range of information to build a compelling business case for a new product or category;
Work with Product Engineering to ensure that all new products are designed to meet customer expectations;
Ensure timely and effective communication with all departments involved with new product launches;
Support the development of category initiatives proposal for the annual product planning summit;
Actively manages and drives the financial performance of the assigned category;
Lead and/or participate on a broad range of teams;
Assist in the presentation of new products at sales launch meetings and customer meetings as required; and
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 1-3 Associate Product Managers. Matrix environment requires significant cross-functional leadership.
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; architecture, design, engineering or similar discipline is preferred;
Minimum of 10 years experience in one or more of the following; marketing, product management, product design, product engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing or equivalent experience;
P&L experience is a plus;
Enterprise-level thinking with a strong understanding of production systems;
Out of the box thinking and creative problem solving skills;
Experience with wood fabricating, wood technology or wood finishing processes a plus;
Kitchen design and / or kitchen installation experience a plus;
Thorough knowledge of kitchen cabinet industry is a plus;
Strong project management skills required;
Strong sense of style & fashion is 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 organizational, oral and written communications skills, with an emphasis on formal presentations, priority setting and self-directed work habits is essential