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Product Manager

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We're looking for a Product Manager to build, manage, develop and lead the product management function for brake pads for our automotive client. The position is temp-to-perm and located in Wixom.

We're looking for a doer - someone who can get their hands dirty, manage the product from beginning to end, work well with internal and external team members, and be a key part of the team.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
*Develop pricing recommendations, achieving margin objectives, monitoring and driving lowest global unit costs, and managing product life cycles.
*Monitor market needs and requirements, taking into account future technologies, competitor products/services and regulatory issues to develop and implement innovative customer solutions for existing and new products.
*Develop the product line strategy through planning sessions with key internal and external stakeholders, defining product positioning requirements to meet company profit objectives and brand positioning.
*Strategically manage the product / product portfolio from cradle to grave.
*Establish price positioning, product definition/composition, features and recommend sourcing alternatives necessary to meet sales & margin objectives based on competitive environment and product line strategy.
*Conduct product profitability studies which include analyzing the cost structure for each product and identify and implement profit improvement actions.
*Gather market knowledge and research of customer needs, market trends, customer/market segmentation, distribution channel characteristics, target-market size, and external environment trends.
*Support Sales team and interface with customers to develop quotations and recommend model stocks based on customer geography and vehicle mix.
*Provide technical support, technical data sheets, training aides where needed.
*Define, create and launch new and existing products that provide innovative customer solutions and that enhance the company's profit and sales objectives.

EDUCATION
*Bachelor’s of Science in Management, Marketing or Sales required.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS
*Great verbal and written communicator.
*Ability to collaborate with members of the team located in the U.S.. Europe and Asia.
*Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external teams.
*Attention to detail.
*Requires knowledge of the principles and practices involved in product marketing, channel development and sales.
*Candidate must be able to analyze and make sound business decisions based on research data and other input.
*Domestic/international travel about once a month.

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