PRODUCT PORTFOLIO MANAGER at YKK AP America Inc.

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Austell, Georgia





Job Description:

Our company culture is built upon YKK's philosophy called the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™. We believe that providing value and being fair to our customers and our employees is what makes us a successful company in return. Guided by our core values and fundamental behaviors, we strive to foster a caring company, committed employees and challenging work that benefits our employees, customers, and communities. We offer competitive compensation packages, training and advancement opportunities. YKK AP America provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide the security they need to enjoy life at home and at work. By providing a high level of benefit coverage at a reasonable cost to the employee, we hope to foster a long and productive employment relationship.

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced, forward-thinking product manager who is passionate about generating and validating new product ideas to improve the customer experience. In this role, you will manage the company's commercial product strategy to include: defining and setting direction for new product development, product pricing and positioning, commercialization, and life-cycle management across the product portfolio. Your goal is to help increase sales and profitability by making sure we have the best product lineup to meet our customers' needs and drive sustainable growth.

Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities


  • Research and understand market needs and opportunities to set product vision for the overall product portfolio

  • Develop the business case for new products and product disconsolation- prioritize and gain buy-in with internal and external partners as well as define how it would fit into the overall product strategy

  • Translate market needs into detailed requirements for new development; scope and prioritize based on business impact and internal capabilities

  • Oversee the development process and help manage dependencies across teams to complete milestones

  • Develop goals upon which to measure the success of new product launches and establish a process to evaluate performance throughout the product lifecycle

  • Lead market promotion and development or improvement of tools and ideas to support field sales

  • Evaluate pricing processes and establish a system to review and influence profitability

  • Collaborate with MarCom and others to execute training, launch, revitalization, and discontinuation activities

Desired Skills and Attributes:


  • Ability to be objective and maintain a strategic perspective

  • Ability to collect and analyze data, conduct field research and recognize trends

  • Ability to prioritize and gain alignment across competing demands, projects, and personalities

  • Understanding data analysis and forecasting methods would be helpful

  • Strong communication, negotiation, and collaboration skills

  • Demonstrated financial analysis and acumen

  • Aptitude for learning technical details and translating them into market benefits

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and adaptable to working with various systems

  • Be resourceful, open-minded, and willing to constructively challenge competing ideas and objections

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Qualifications and Skill Requirements


  • Previous experience in B2B product management (preferably manufactured products), or a similar role

  • Significant fenestration or commercial glazing industry experience

  • Experience managing all aspects of a successful product throughout its lifecycle

  • Experience working with contractors and architects

  • Skilled at working effectively with cross-functional teams

  • B.S. in Marketing, Engineering or related field

Equal Opportunity Employer / Minorities / Women / Veterans / Disabled


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