Alamo Group Selma , AL 36701
Bush Hog is one of the most recognized and successful names in the Agricultural Market. The Product Manager II is a key position in the Company and will support and contribute to the company goals of profitability, return on investment, inventory turnover, and accident prevention. Under general supervision, the Product Manager II is responsible for product planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle, to include: gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision via a program plan, implementing project plans, delivering projects on schedule and leading cross functional teams including; sales, manufacturing, purchasing, quality and engineering to ensure both Company metric objectives and customer satisfaction goals are met.
Core Competencies for this position include:
Leading Change/Change Management
Essential Functions of the Job:
Focus, communicate, encourage and contribute to Safety in all aspects of the job and all company meetings.
Continuing to develop knowledge as coordinator for product information, specifications and competitive brands.
Integrates business goals into the project scope and deliverables.
Identifies and integrates ongoing risk management techniques throughout the program.
Deliver product development plan for all new programs and product enhancements. Conduct market research including VoC (voice of the customer) processes and analyze market size, trends, scope, etc. for use in the creation of the product roadmaps and a 5 year product development plan.
Lead new product development and product improvements from initial concept stage through production and to obsolescence using the Stage Gate process.
Responsible for the development of project plans and leading new product teams to the successful launch of new product introductions achieving all cost, quality and delivery goals.
Write product literature, advertising material and press releases.
Design layout of sales literature and other sales tools. Approve literature, ad slicks and corporate ads. Coordinate photography for literature.
Work trade show booths.
Prepare competitive product comparisons to be used as sales and training aids for sales force, customer service and Bush Hog Inc. dealer network.
Assist in coordination and implementation of sales meetings to include training the sales force.
Set pricing to meet Company revenue and profitability goals. Update price books as needed. Monitor financial performance of products.
Constant evaluation and continuous improvement of the Stage Gate process.
Resolves questions and problems referring only the most complex issues to higher level.
Assist in orientation and training of lower level employees.
Perform other duties as directed by supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Able to work safely with respect to self and others.
Excellent professional written and verbal communication skills required.
Have strong strategically development skills.
Able to lead by example and have the ability to influence and lead cross-functional teams without formal authority.
Able to plan, and prioritize with strong organizational skills.
Able to create schedule and project timeline, track deliverables and meet deadlines.
Able to travel locally and nationally up to 25% of the time and as needed.
Able to lift, carry, push or pull trade show displays (up to 50lbs) alone or with assistance.
Proficiency in Microsoft Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project) required. Database skills preferred.
Able to operate sales equipment with good mechanical ability.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Business, Agriculture or similar required.
Project Management experience leading cross-functional teams and utilizing a Stage Gate process in the development of new products required. Technical background preferred.
3+ years job related experience required. Experience with agricultural products preferred; knowledge of Alamo Group products preferred.
Project management qualification (PMP) or equivalent preferred.
Familiarity of formalized VoC (Voice of Customer) processes.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position works in general office/manufacturing plant environment 75% of the time with sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time. Exposure to the outdoors climates in traveling to dealers, trade shows, promotions etc.
The above information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to be construed as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications of employees so classified.