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Manages and strengthens the segment product portfolio (introduction/integration/deletion), considering global segment strategy and market trends
Ensures that the product ranges are relevant for the customer needs and product information is maintained and up to date
Drives distinctiveness for AkzoNobel products versus competitors in the minds of our customers ensuring this by matching the customer needs better than competitors
Creates relevant value propositions for customer segments in accordance with the segment plans
Actively manages products as a portfolio according to Integrated Business Planning guidelines (such as new product introduction, product obsolescence, rationalization, etc.)
Proactively identifies and acts on opportunities for (global) technology/range harmonization
Identifies new product customer needs through direct Voice of Customer interactions and Sales team feedback and creates specification for new products in liaison with R&D
Coordinates new product development business case creation in coordination with Sales and R&D
Acts as Project Manager for new product development projects, using the stage gate process
Ensures effective planning, communication and progress of new product development and launches
Participates in Integrated Business Planning process to inform progress on key projects
Assures the timely launch of new products into the market and follows approval processes
Adheres to established brand strategies to ensure optimal product positioning and value creation
Maintains and manages the specified product ranges by customer to ensure compliance to specification set by each manufacturer or market
In collaboration with BU Marketing and Pricing Excellence team, runs cost to serve analysis to develop deeper understanding about the customers and related profitability
Creates convincing sales arguments for products including competitive comparisons
Ensures that relevant product information is provided to the sales team and maintained up to date
Works with the Regional Portfolio Coordinator to optimize the product range such as product introduction, product maintenance and improvement, market scope extension, repositioning, value engineering and rationalization
Provide meaningful product portfolio briefings on regional level or input for briefings on global level for the Communication Department and technical training development team
Coordinates and supports roll-out on market level with the relevant stakeholders (incl. pricing)
Provides input for tradeshows / events as required
Manage Regional Supply Issues Relabelling, inventory monitoring, stock outs, etc.
Monitoring of Regional product complaints in the region activation of product recall notifications to the market
Provides ideas for product positioning to broader product management community
Benchmarking of competitors portfolio offerings compared to AkzoNobel portfolio
Contributes to the creation of best practices in product management through the organization
Participate in new literature and collateral development with communications manager
Close dialogue with sales team to maintain feedback about product performance and market needs
Regular reviews with regional lab teams to manage regional technical activity with respect to Stage-Gate and LWR's
Be familiar with all applicable corporate and site policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct, HSE standards and always in compliance with all applicable regulations
Provides product branding / naming guidance in coordination with BU segment manager Provides pricing and warranty guidelines for product families.
University degree in in Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, Chemistry or other related field
5 years working experience in commercial environment
Ideally experience in more than 1 area of marketing and/or sales, ideally experienced in product/project management
Demonstrates strong performance orientation
Global experience strongly preferred but not required
Showcase organizational acumen
Solid interpersonal and influencing ability
As a leading coating company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer -Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).
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