Job Summary:

The Product Manager will have to manage all assigned markets and accounts including but not limited to the product life cycle process on a daily basis with the ultimate goal of providing competitive product to the market and profitable business to our organization. Initiation and execution of market potential analysis including gap analysis is a primary assignment to support directions (material/technical roadmap) for the CC-A on future activities to increase profitability and competitiveness but also sales development accordingly to hit defined targets. It will also include leading cross functional teams to implement and further improvement of our marketing tools. This position will interact cross-functional and partly on a global level.

Product Manager - Automotive
A great opportunity! Automotive Parts Manufacturing

Your tasks

  • Identify and support achievement of new profitable business, RoS and revenue targets in close coordination with internal and external management
  • Direct and manage project and application roadmap development from beginning to end in cooperation with cross-functional teams. Explore new markets.
  • Understand relevant North American market in strategic segments/applications.
  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management.
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and management in a timely and clear fashion.
  • Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project teams.
  • Plan and schedule project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools.
  • Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.
  • Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management.
  • Determines costs of products for incoming quote requests, and current products as requested
  • Calculate price based on existing cost structures, support implementing new and competitive pricing strategies
  • Review all requests for each project and set priority (criteria: Importance of customer, annual volume, target prices, timing)
  • Understands, reviews drawings and other industry related documents; draws conclusions
  • Define requests with special designs/materials in cooperation with Technical Department concerning new articles and/or production processes of O-Ring products.
  • Modify and maintain reporting tools to create market picture, create new reports for new markets
  • Collect and evaluate competitor information, build / maintain competitor database
  • Drive part based analysis (e.g. Histories using internal and external tools)
  • Support use and continuous improvement of existing Pricing Tools
  • Input of all needed parameters into pricing tool (material, design, production process) if needed: cooperation with Technical Department
  • Supports APQP Project Teams to define, establish and ensure completion of all program milestones and adherence to timelines and budgets, driving them to meet revenue goals and other performance metrics.
  • Works with internal and external customers to support business objectives for new programs, assists departments with business case preparation, strategic and tactical planning as necessary.
  • Analyzes and resolves escalated project issues that have the potential to jeopardize the ability to meet agreed upon deliverables. Ensures conflicts are resolved within customer required timing.
  • Manages company and customer expectations on all program requirements and deliverables.
  • Verifies engineering outputs for product costing meet strategic objectives and cost targets.
  • All other duties, as assigned

Our expectations

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, MBA a plus
  • Preferred areas of study: Business, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Engineering
  • Demonstrated proficiency using MS Office products
  • Highly proficient using Microsoft Excel (e.g. set up formulas, Pivot tables, formatting)
  • Due Diligence (accuracy, predictability, traceability)
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Dynamics (CRM)
  • SAP (BI) experience a plus
  • Proficiency in data analysis and calculations and reporting
  • Proficiency in reading product drawings and specifications in related
  • Verifies engineering outputs for product costing meet strategic objectives and cost targets. Ensures Team Feasibility is completed prior to costing.
  • Ability to implement short and long term program objectives and monitor effectiveness, striving for continuous program improvement.
  • Exceptional understanding and mastery of business drivers of program, proactive in optimizing business results.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Manages multiple priorities and projects
  • Team oriented & self-motivated
  • As a condition of employment, the incumbent shall learn, abide by and sponsor the Guiding Principles of the Freudenberg Group
  • Ability to meet deadlines frequently
  • Due Diligence

Internal applicants: Please complete a self nomination form and send to your Division HR Lead, along with a copy of your resume. You can get a Self Nomination form from your Human Resources department. Agencies / Direct Placement: Freudenberg-NOK (FNST) has a team of dedicated recruiters who are responsible for all hiring needs within FNST. Our practice is to partner and work with our approved vendors only and on an as needed basis. FNST has identified and finalized our list of preferred vendors for the calendar year and the review process has been closed. We do not accept resumes from recruiting agencies that are not a preferred vendor, have not been authorized or approved by Corporate Recruiting to partner on a position and have not signed FNST's vendor agreement. Any resumes submitted from unapproved vendors will be considered unsolicited, and FNST will not be obligated to pay a referral fee. As a condition of employment, the incumbent shall learn, abide by and sponsor the Guiding Principles of the Freudenberg Group.

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