Product Manager — ConTech Lighting

Based in Northbrook, IL, Leviton’s ConTech Lighting designs and manufactures lighting solutions for a broad range of applications including commercial and residential environments. The range of LED products include track lighting, recessed downlights, performance cylinders, tape light and decorative luminaires.

The Product Manager is responsible for increasing the profitability of product lines through effective management of existing product life cycles, identifying new opportunities, and defining, developing, and launching new products. This requires staying in touch with application trends, technology advances, competitor activities, and interaction with the Sales team and Customers.

  • Manage existing product lines including tracking sales and margins, inventory position, pricing, and competitive positioning
  • Evaluate ConTech’s market position with respect to competition and business opportunities
  • Build and maintain an overall 3-year strategy for product development and product life cycles
  • Stay in touch with technology advancements in the industry
  • Develop business plans to support new product development programs
  • Interact with internal management, ConTech’s agents and customers to gain VOC on new product directions
  • Serve as the voice of market for new product development programs and provides guidance to the engineering team on critical elements of project
  • Organize and lead the various Tollgate Review on new programs
  • Develop the marketing story for new products and works closely with the marketing team to create effective launch support materials
  • Attend sales meetings and visit customers and end-users as required, conducting product training presentations and research
  • Capable of navigating complex enterprise computer applications to quickly become proficient in Leviton’s Legacy and Oracle systems
  • Develops and amends market and product intelligence database for his / her assigned products; shall be a source of intelligence concerning product and market specific issues, including the economy, competitors, and business trends via the Internet and appropriate trade publications
  • Responsible to examine and analyze product lines’ performance encompassing, but not limited to, profitability, forecasting and inventory levels
  • Shall be fully knowledgeable of assigned product group and act in an advisory capacity regarding product information to Engineering, Operations, Marketing, Marketing Communications, Customer Service, and the sales organization
  • Maintain competitive cross reference of catalog numbers for assigned products
  • Responsible to provide a level of support to the sales organization and customers on product (technical and application questions)
  • Leads the development of technical materials including specification sheets, installation instructions, technical training presentations and sales kits.

Education

  • A bachelor’s degree in a technical field or business field is preferred

Experience

  • 5+ years of product management experience
  • 2+ years of experience in the lighting industry is preferred
  • Specific experience in architectural tape-light applications or products would be a plus

 Skills

  • Ability to analyze P&L statements and reports and make decisions to improve performance
  • Experience with product line management throughout the entire life cycle
  • Experience writing reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Experience presenting to groups of managers, employees, and the general public
  • Must be self-reliant and possess excellent oral and written communication
  • Must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy; a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality
  • Must apply critical thinking skills to determine best approach to bring new products to market and to work with engineering, operations and marketing and sales staffs
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with customers
  • Ability to organize and manage project teams to support the development of business opportunities and execute business decisions
  • Ability to work in a highly confidential work environment; and the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Strong mathematical, analytical and computer skills
  • Willing to travel to attend meetings or visit customers up to 25%.
  • A highly developed level of creative skills and resourcefulness is required
  • Above average knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
  • Excellent time management skills

Leviton provides a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:

  • Hybrid Work Schedule
  • 401(k) Company Match
  • Paid Vacation/Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Discount Program

Applicants may apply at https://bit.ly/3yzAM3a

Leviton is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status

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