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Product Development Specialist
Must have 2-3 years WORK experience with Product Design (not marketing. Automotive product design experience and/or mechanical knowledge of automotive Auto industry experience. Someone used to a fast-paced, cyclical environment. The auto industry experience does not necessarily need to be in product development, but will be looking for some auto industry - whether it be Corporate or more hands on.
The product team is about 5 people and is lead by the Product Department Manager who reports to the CEO.
Responsibilities:
Develop commercial analysis of new product ideas, with particular emphasis on competitive analysis, scenario analysis, and key market issues. " Sales Reporting and analysis of category line progress monthly. " Meets with potential suppliers to determine initial product feasibility. " Develops and Coordinates field studies for new product testing. " Manages complaint and product specification log from initiation to resolution (product life cycle) with in defined "Category Products" " Interacts with Vendors and cross functional team to prevent future complaints " Provides support to the development for sales representatives and end user training. (requires the ability to physically lift up to 25lbs) "
Manages all aspects of product management plans to ensure the categories achievement of financial/budget expectations and product line strategies. " Upon product launch approval, coordinate with Marketing, Purchasing, Logistics and phase requirements for product development and launch process. " Manages input and output of ERP (SAP) information as needed for creation of new and removal of existing products.
Work with Cross functional teams and vendors to implement marketing strategy and planning efforts for providing solutions to strengthen and increase market share.
Authority Statements / Approval Level:
" Process items for launch or deletion through our ERP System. " Request IP numbers from international. Review and make corrections to marketing material for product categories under realm of responsibility. " Release and block Items for or from sale. " Coordinate sample distribution. Skill / Competency Requirements:
" Basic Math skills " Good Knowledge Excel " Microsoft office suite " Knowledge of the automotive aftermarket. " Effective communication and customer management skills " Manage Master Data in SAP Major Tasks and Duties:

" Research and launch new products from cradle to grave. " Purchase product samples " Developing marketing strategies for new and re-launch of existing products
Location and Work Environment: " Workstation in Product Department Citrix Computer system " Internet access and ERP (SAP) limited access to master data. " Supplier catalogues " Vendor files " Workstation in Basement floor training room for testing of products " Telephone


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