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Associate Product Manager

Company: Knipex Tools LP
Location: Buffalo Grove
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Do you have a passion for tools? Come join our Product Management team!About UsKNIPEX Tools LP is the North American operations of KNIPEX-Werk and is located in Buffalo Grove, IL. KNIPEX-Werk, Wuppertal, Germany, concentrates its efforts on being the best professional pliers manufacturer in terms of quality, innovation and efficiency and its pliers satisfy the highest expectations in terms of performance, ergonomics and service life.KNIPEX tools are designed for the professional tool user and those that demand the highest quality hand tools available in the marketplace today.Position DescriptionAssociate Product ManagerThe KNIPEX Tools, LP (KTLP) Associate Product Manager, will work closely with the Product Manager to launch new products and manage assigned product lines.Position OverviewThe Associate Product Manager will assist in managing products throughout the entire product lifecycle, gathering and prioritizing product, market and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Production.The Associate Product Manager, with direction from the Senior Product Manager, will assist in the launch of new products which includes cross-functional implementation. A successful product launch includes datasheets, product data content, training documents, videos, packaging, launch packets for salesforce, promotions and more.The Associate Product Manager will be involved in developing marketing support materials and documentation to assist the sales team as needed. Interaction with the sales force and customers will be an essential part in providing all pertinent information to the customers in marketing collateral, graphics, displays, etc. Additional responsibilities include helping the marketing department on other projects as needed, such as facilitating mailings, developing customer advertising, product advertising and tradeshow support on new products.Position ResponsibilitiesContinuously builds, updates and maintains the KNIPEX enhanced information database for all products, to include:Product feature and benefit positioning and messaging that differentiates our products in the market.Product physical data, including measuring tools to drive accuracy.Compiles data of competitor products and maintains competitor database.Supports the KNIPEX sales team with product data and graphical information to present KNIPEX products the best possible way.Provides follow up to customer service by answering product questions via email and phone.Conducts market research as needed to understand trends and identify current and future market opportunities.Pulls samples for sales and marketing needs including PR requests, advertising, and customer requests.Assists with distributor mailings, folders, manufacturer's rep packets, catalogs and product launch kits as needed.Maintains diligent attention to detail and an eye for quality.Works with Senior Product Manager to perform quality assurance controls on products and incoming packaging material.Maintains professional internal and external relationships that meet company core values.Assists in preparation of sales presentations.Other appropriate tasks as assigned by the Senior Product Manager. This is a fast paced position that will be exposed to all marketing communications areas, no two days are the same.Company ValuesKnowledge:Improvement is GREAT. Change is GREAT. Wanting to be better is GREAT.Innovate; take initiative and be curious. Learn from mistakes.Continue to develop our skills; challenge ourselves and others to achieve possibilities.Teamwork:First and foremost, we are a team. Our competition is outside these walls.We are all role models and lead by good example.Our cooperation and communication is characterized by kindness, openness, honesty, and valuing each other's contributions.Loyalty:Demonstrate reliability, responsibility, and ownership - not just through words, but through actions.Keep commitments; say what you will do, and do what you say.Trust each other and continue to earn that trust every day.Passion:Strive to achieve consistently superior quality, service, performance, productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.Take pride in our product, our company, and our people.Embrace sustainable initiatives and give back to the community.Job RequirementsKnowledge:A Bachelor's Degree in business, product management, marketing, or communications or equivalent experience.3-5 years of proven successful experience in product management, engineering, marketing or related fields.Demonstrated writing and marketing experience.Knowledge and/or experience in marketing collateral development.A basic understanding of hand tools such as pliers, cable cutters, wire strippers, screwdrivers; what they do and how to use them is a plus.Knowledge of the Industrial MRO, Electrical, HVACR or Automotive Tools and Equipment distribution channels is a plus.Experience in a distribution industry and an understanding of the B2B selling process is a plus.Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office.Knowledge of SAP helpful.Knowledge of project management tools such as Asana, Wrike or Microsoft Project not required but a plus.Skills:Proven analytical skills; proficient at Excel and data analysis.Demonstrated skills to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously.Ability to work under deadline pressure and extra hours if needed on assignments.Great verbal and written communication skills.Ability and confidence to communicate at all levels with internal and external clients in a professional manner by phone, email and face to face contact.Good follow through on all projects.Personal Attributes:Flexible work attitude; ability to learn new things quickly.Positive attitude and trustworthy character.Creative, innovative and resourceful.Enjoys multitasking.Dynamic friendly personality.Desire to work in a global team of professionals.Available for limited travel as necessary.PI184068299SDL2017

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