Product Manager – Birchwood Lighting

October 31 [addtoany]

Job Description *

The Product Manager will be responsible for increasing the profitability of existing product lines and developing new products for the Leviton Lighting business unit, focusing on special grade linear ambient.  This includes managing new product projects from existing ideas, helping to develop new ideas based on experience and interaction with customers, spending time in the market to understand problems, and find innovative solutions for the broader market, managing the pricing, inventory, and other day to day responsibilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Has direct responsibility for managing new and existing products
  2. Responsible for examining, developing, and recommending product strategies
  3. Champions research and analysis required for new product development process including all applicable project deliverables and PAC / Gate requirements
  4. Takes ownership and manages all elements of the product development process, including product specification, packaging, pricing, and phase out / phase in plans
  5. Leads and directs project teams in the development or sustaining process to execute projects and assignments
  6. Responsible for generating Business Proposals and Charters for new product development
  7. Attends sales meetings and visit customers and end-users as required; conducting product training presentations and research
  8. Capable of navigating complex mainframe computer systems to quickly become proficient in Leviton’s Legacy and Oracle  systems
  9. 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
  10. Responsible to examine and analyze product lines’ performance encompassing, but not limited to, profitability, forecasting and inventory levels
  11. 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, Tech Line, and the sales organization
  12. Assists in the development of supporting new product launch material with Marketing and Marketing Communication Managers
  13. Maintains competitive cross reference of catalog numbers for assigned products
  14. Responsible to provide a level of support to the sales organization and customers on product (technical and application questions)
  15. Capable of managing the support activities of an Associate Product Manager and / or Project Coordinator

Education & Experience:

  • A Bachelor Degree in a technical field or business field is preferred
  • 3 to 5 years’ product management experience

Skills & Abilities:

  • 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
  • Capable of travel to attend meetings or visit customers
  • A highly developed level of creative skills and resourcefulness is required
  • Above average knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
  • Excellent time management skills


  • Up to 25% travel

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.

Christine Cortez
Manager, Human Resources, Intense Lighting
T: (714) 768-6222
A Leviton Company