King Engine Bearings is recruiting for a Product Manager, to work at our North American HQ in Livingston, NJ. This is a great opportunity to join a growing automotive aftermarket team. This position will perform a range of functions involved with product management and can be summarized as business management on the product level. This position is responsible for working closely with members of marketing, sales, service and operations to ensure accurate product data and to reinforce the company’s strategic goals. This role aids in the achievement of company growth and goals through assessment of market needs and subsequent product development plans.
Key Responsibilities and Duties • Manage the complete product life cycle, from initial product development, product launch, product changes, and product supersession or discontinuation. • Provides information for management by preparing short-term and long-term product sales forecasts and special reports and analyses; answering questions and requests. • Manage inventory levels, coordinating inventory counts at Satellite Warehouses. • Recommends the nature and scope of present and future product lines by reviewing product specifications and requirements; appraising new product ideas and/or product or packaging changes. • Identify product opportunities by means of OE research, competitive pricing / coverage analysis and implementing new product launches or relaunching / revising existing programs • Research and propose new part numbers and products to expand offerings, contributing to growth targets by offering the right parts to the market. • Maintain and update all product attributes and information, including application data in our cataloging system (ACES), product attributes (PIES), images, market research and competitor information • Help with Introduction of new products by developing time-integrated plans with Sales & Marketing • Ownership of all technical details surrounding product line, including installation instructions, technical bulletins, benchmarking vs competition and answering technical emails & calls received from customers on a daily basis • Develop descriptions, features and benefits, training and other sales aides to help reps present products to customers, as well as our customers sell to end users • Updating and ensuring quality of information in ERP for new product data and pricing. • Travel as needed for trade shows, conventions, sales support and other. • Other tasks and duties as required
Formula for Success • Familiarity with MS Office suite primarily focusing on Excel - the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate proficiency with analyzing large sets of data using formulas such as VLOOKUP, logical tests and pivot tables • Due Diligence (accuracy, predictability, traceability) • Impeccable organization with project timelines, product information and content for product line • Excellent verbal and written communication • Ability to meet deadlines frequently • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills. • Proficiency in data analysis and calculations and reporting • Proficiency in reading product drawings and specifications • Ability to implement short- and long-term program objectives and monitor effectiveness, striving for continuous program improvement. • Manages multiple priorities and projects • Team oriented & self-motivated
Experience: Automotive Industry: 5+ years (Preferred) Product Management: 3+ years (Preferred)
About King Engine Bearings
King Engine Bearings was founded with one objective: to supply the highest quality bearings available in the marketplace. By specializing in engine bearings, King has built an extensive product offering that includes a wide range of engine bearings for automobiles, light-duty and heavy-duty trucks, marine, aviation, standby power and many other types of internal combustion engines. Every King bearing utilizes the highest quality materials and the most advanced designs to ensure complete customer satisfaction. King is the first choice in the extremely demanding aviation and racing industries due to our in-depth understanding of the specific needs of those industries. This knowledge and experience is then applied to every aftermarket bearing we make. To achieve our goal of supplying the highest quality bearings, we had to reinvent the entire manufacturing process from the ground up, making King a pioneer in developing proprietary manufacturing machinery and multi-function, high speed production lines.