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Product Manager

Company: Search Solution Group
Location: Gastonia
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Product Manager - Gastonia, NC WHO OUR CLIENT IS: Search Solution Group is looking for the ideal candidate for our client who specialize in custom window blinds, shades, shutters and drapery. WHAT YOU WILL DO: Works with a Program Manager and other internal departments to identify, analyze and define the feasibility of product growth within a defined product market segment. May be responsible for two or more Product Lines. Provides project management through the coordination of product line development from concept stage to market. Organizes and coordinates advertising and merchandising activities associated with the introduction of new products and line extensions.

  • Responds to daily telephone, email or written inquiries from fabricators, vendors, suppliers, consultants and designers on questions or concerns associated with the product line. Prepares written communications to assist fabricators in providing better service to customers.
  • Manages and oversees Bulletins for use by fabricators, members of Technical Services or Customer Information Center, outlining technical changes to the product, product enhancement or product line discontinuation.
  • Conducts in-depth market research and presents findings on competitors monthly. Organizes and archives data and updates competitive intelligence reports.
  • Analyzes bookings and sales data. Prepares product performance and sales reports monthly. Presents findings to team members and management.
  • Coordinates and manages discussions concerning the feasibility of the investment of time and money to the project. Develops and prepares new Marketing programs and yearly budgets for product lines.
  • Assembles and explores the feasibility of new products and line extensions with focus groups. Discusses information gathered from focus groups with representatives from such departments as, Research and Development, Engineering, Production and Accounting to determine whether the marketability exists for new projects to be pursued.
  • Works with brand team to review and institute incentive programs for product lines. Coordinates the distribution of marketing tools to support new products and line extensions.
  • Coordinates and oversees all technical writing changes for product launch and on an as-needed basis. Gathers information and redlines from Engineering and serves as a liaison for the Technical Writers. Maintains and ensures all technical documents are up to date on a constant basis.
  • Serves as the key facilitator for all internal departments when quality, materials, fabrication, or engineering issues arise. Conducts bi-monthly product meetings to discuss hot issues and opportunities for on-going improvements.
  • Oversees the project management and budget of sampling programs with other departments such as, Management, Research and Development, Engineering and Accounting. Exercises project management skills by coordinating and monitoring the work of external advertising agencies, designers, marketing consultants, and fabric suppliers for new products or existing product line extensions.
  • Coordinates project timelines to develop product collateral from concept stage to actual production. Communicates on an ongoing basis with vendors, consultants, project team members and other internal departments such as Research and Development, Engineering, Materials, Purchasing, and Production on product sampling, promotion and educational training programs.
  • Reviews all collateral material designed prior to production for grammatical content, color accuracy and overall product presentation. Attends and coordinates Photo and Video shoots. Serves as a liaison between creative agencies and management for approval of all collateral projects. Monitors inventory stock levels of collateral material.
  • Serves as a brand ambassador for the Company. Represents multiple product lines at public events arranged and attended by fabricators, dealers and customers, on a as needed basis. Trains fabricators in the use of product merchandising materials through the organization of product information training meetings on a semi-regular basis. HOW YOU ARE QUALIFIED: Education:
    • Bachelor's degree is preferred Experience:
      • 3-5 years of experience in a similar role Additional Skills:
        • Solid Knowledge of the principles of Product Marketing and consumer needs in the home fashion industry. A genuine interest in Interior Design is a plus.
        • Solid Knowledge of taking a new product, line extension from a conceptual stage through to actual product development and introduction in the consumer marketplace.
        • Solid Knowledge of the terminology and techniques used in the graphic design and printing industry to be able to work with outside consultants.
        • Solid Knowledge of computer use and software packages such as, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, and how do use these tools for statistical analysis and the creation of professional presentations.
        • Solid Knowledge of the principles of finance to prepare budgets and understand all costs connected with line extensions, product enhancement and resampling of the product.
        • Solid Knowledge of how Market research is conducted, why it is conducted and what to do with the information that is obtained from conducting it.
        • Expert Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form with Brand Team members, design engineers, fabricators and dealers.
        • Expert Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.
        • Expert Ability to use motivational techniques to develop creative thinking skills in Team Members.
        • Expert Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects.
        • Expert Ability to conduct presentations before large groups and serve as a spokesperson regarding product line. ABOUT SEARCH SOLUTION GROUP: Search Solution Group delivers executive search and recruiting services by locating and vetting the most qualified candidates through traditional headhunting methods. Established in 2002, Search Solution Group has become an industry leader with a dedicated team of recruiting and headhunting experts in its Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Charlotte offices. To become a client, or to view job openings and additional information, please visit Search Solution Group - Headhunting Top Talent. Fast.Charlotte Office

Keywords: Search Solution Group, Gastonia , Product Manager, Executive , Gastonia, North Carolina

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