Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders' hardware, faucets, and commercial locksets and doors, with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister, EZSET, and Tell. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders' hardware (Stanley-National Hardware), #2 in Mexico residential hardware (Fanal), #3 in U.S. retail plumbing (Pfister), and #1 in U.S. retail commercial locksets. Headquartered in Orange County, California, HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia. HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
The Product Marketing Manager is responsible for planning, innovating, and directing the company's short and long-range plans to enhance and develop the Kitchen Products portfolio, from ideation to exit and everything in between. Your technical mastery of kitchen faucet product design, competitors, landscapes, customers, and overall category direction is critical. Your effective communication and partnering with team members and suppliers on a constant basis with urgency are essential. Your tenacious work ethic, discipline, flexibility, passion, professional approach, attention to detail, and ability to "roll up your sleeves" day in and day out will insure the successful portfolio growth within the Retail and Trade/Builder/MRO segments.
This position will coordinate and work cross functionally with departments, including Sales, Channel Marketing, Project Management, Supply Chain, Engineering, Accounting, Finance, Global Sourcing, and our global manufacturing partners. The Product Manager will be expected to operate as the central authority on all marketing matters related to their assigned portfolio. This role will hold responsibility for development and implementation of management objectives and develop strategies necessary to achieve objectives over specific time spans.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
(60%) - New Product Development (NPI)
Lead cross-functional team (engineering, sourcing, supply chain, and finance) through multiple on-going product development projects at various stages of development via HHI milestone process.
Drive product road development and innovation, manage research initiatives to establish fact based business and marketing strategy development. Understand market, channel and/or customer dynamics, product design, trends, and enduser preferences and purchase drivers. Answer key strategic inputs and execute efficiently per budget and timing. Communicate and apply results and/or conclusions.
Identify and develop new business opportunities, product adjacencies, and markets.
Develop NPI scope documents (preliminary financials, KPI's, timeline management, etc.)
Attend global supplier and factory trips (pilot). Overseas travel required.
Present and interact with senior level internal and external customers
(25%) - Portfolio Maintenance
Support brand guidelines to insure consistency, with specific influence on packaging, product images, merchandising, and collateral related to assigned projects
Facilitate product related materials for customer collaboration, line reviews, and business reviews. Includes but not limited to product renderings, samples, associated market and trend details, mood boards, etc.
Work with quality and brand to support installation workshops, videos, market research and related initiatives.
Responsible for sales and gross margin performance of portfolio, pricing, P&L, asset management, etc.
Manage product life cycle
(15%) Business Processes
Contribute to HHI financial and business initiatives through established rhythms and assigned projects. Examples include sales and operations planning to improve forecast accuracy or inventory initiatives tied to working capital.
Support the management of the on-line databases to ensure proper content (internal as well as customer websites)
Manage product documentation process including mix management, product life cycle. Generate reports, tools as required.
Manage special projects as assigned.
Education and Experience Profile
Bachelor's degree in Marketing or Business from an accredited College or University is required. MBA/MS preferred.
Minimum 3-5 years in Product Development, Marketing, Channel Management, and/or Sales with progressively more responsibility and a track record of results.
Ideal Candidates will have experience in the decorative plumbing category and in retail Home Center and Trade/Builder/MRO Customer segments.
Attitude possesses a positive approach to challenges and adopts "whatever it takes" thinking to drive business needs and initiatives.
Impact Creates a good impression, commanding attention and respect with an air of confidence without creating an air of superiority.
Strategic Ability has broad knowledge and perspective, is future oriented, paint credible pictures and visions of future possibilities and likelihoods.
Decision Making makes good decisions with a mixture of analysis, experience, and judgment in a timely manner with incomplete information under tight deadlines and pressure.
Process Management Able to figure out processes necessary to get things done. Knows how to organize people and activities, and suggest ways to improve efficiencies and eliminate complexity.
Creativity constant source of new and unique ideas with original thought; seen as a value-add in brainstorming settings.
Formal Presentation / Platform Skills present effectively to individuals or groups; targets presentations to the specific audience. Comfortable in front of small groups and larger audiences.
Business Acumen Knows how businesses work, understands policies, practices, trends, and information affecting the business and organization. Knows the competition, aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
Working conditions are normal for an office environment
Able to travel domestically and internationally, as needed
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Spectrum Brands is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.