Our client is a successful, privately-held manufacturer in the western suburbs. This is an outstanding company does everything right. Great products, smart management, loyal and happy employees, non-union, loyal and happy customers, beautiful work environment, great benefits, lots of amenities. Relocation is available. Excellent benefits and work environment.
This position is responsible for identifying, defining and leading international product initiatives to drive profitable growth with new and existing international product sets.
Identify new product opportunities that are customer driven and competitively advantageous. Define market potential and product positioning. Drive the product development process to deliver these products on time and to cost and budget.
Perform competitive analyses related to products, marketing strategies and pricing.
Evaluate macro-economic factors of the market and economy and incorporate analysis into product development, pricing and marketing strategies.
Analyze costs of creating and developing products and prepare recommendations on pricing thresholds.
Create predictive models to justify investments in product lines and/or market segments.
Propose structure and format for presenting products in catalogs and websites and recommend product placement in catalog.
Identify Asian suppliers and negotiate the production of new products. Manage quality assurance processes and coordinate product delivery. Optimize ongoing vendor relationships in development of new products, identify potential problem areas and address quality-related issues that may arise.
Assure adequate coordination occurs with vendors to 1) prepare vendor files, i.E., vendor information forms and other documents; 2) obtain product specifications, generate ideas for copy, images and shipping information; 3) write new product ads and promotional materials; and, 4) manage new product and new vendor information for inclusion into catalogs and websites.
Manage and evaluate growth and performance of current supplier base to ensure Barco Products is receiving most favorable terms possible.
Coordinate with Customer Service, Purchasing and Freight to familiarize these departments with new vendors and educate them on new products or upgrades/enhancements of existing products.
Attend tradeshows to network with existing vendors and identify new suppliers.
Other duties as assigned by Vice President/Director of Marketing or President/General Manager.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Minimum of a Bachelor’ s degree in business, marketing or related field.
5 or more years of demonstrated product development experience. (A portfolio must be made available).
International business knowledge and experience.
Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Access.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Creative thinker with strong quantitative skills.
Strong organizational and project management skills.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/program elements simultaneously.