Product Manager · Maintenance Fluids

Product Manager Job Details

Industry: Lubricants & Additives
Salary: Competitive

Client

A global company, specialising in manufacturing, developing and distributing lubricants for the automotive, industrial, heavy-duty, metalworking, off-highway, motorsport industry. From its headquarters just outside of Paris, and outposts in all corners of the globe, the company has gained a worldwide reputation and recognition for the quality of its lubricant products. The company’s culture, deeply rooted in its history through the constant search for more innovative, effective and better solutions, has enabled them to establish an envied position in the sector. Great career opportunity for someone looking to take on more responsibility, with a global reach and operate in a high impact role. 

Job Purpose

To manage the product portfolio of Maintenance fluids including: Hydraulics, Compressor, Gear Oil, Slideway, Bearing oils, Greases, projects and offers in line with the business & product strategy.

Position

  • Product Development: Responsible for identifying, managing and delivering a portfolio of projects, with regard to: 
    • New product development 
    • Product modifications 
    • Supply Chain and procurement initiatives, Health & Safety, Security & Environment compliance directives. 
  • Portfolio Management: Monitors and manages the lifecycle of products, Stock-Keeping Units (SKUs) and offer including:
    • Pricing, product positioning & branding
    • Launches and communications
    • Competitor and industry trends
    • Liaises with regional/country product/marketing/sales and Operational teams
  • Product Line Administration & Technical Support:
    • Ensures all products are commercially available in line with business expectations
    • Transfers pricing lists are available and updated regularly 
    • SKU portfolio is actively managed
    • Product Data and Material Safety Sheets meet claims and legal requirements
    • Expert supports Key accounts, distributors and internal stakeholders
    • Coordinates/Participates in technical support issues around customer complaints with regard to quality, performance

Candidate

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Marketing, Science, Tribology or equivalent
  • At least +3 years’ experience in a product management or technology role, ideally within the Lubricants industry but other backgrounds considered such as chemicals or coatings
  • Experience regarding customer applications, OEMs and product/industry trends
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Knowledge of Automotive Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Machinery used in Manufacturing
  • English Language skills with French or German language skills
  • Project Management – Lead and deliver projects
  •  Portfolio management – Pricing/positioning/promotion
  •  Demonstrating Performance of Products to aid a Value selling approach
  • Product commercial analysis reporting (product volumes/ASP/GM etc per product Line)
  • Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of SAP and other project management tools

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