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Welcome to the WAGNER world!

With more than 1,600 employees at 16 locations and in 13 countries we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. We bring colour, protection and functions to surfaces. Our customers are industrial enterprises, crafts enterprises and do-it-yourselfers. The enthusiasm for perfect surfaces unites us. We are not simply looking for employees. We are looking for people who share our enthusiasm.

Product Manager

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Regular
Full-Time

JOIN THE WAGNER FAMILY

Thank you for your interest in Wagner. We always have our eyes open for talented people who want to learn, grow and expand their capabilities with Wagner.

From start to finish, you'll enjoy a fun and colorful career at Wagner.


Wagner is small enough that you matter and large enough for you to make a difference.

Wagner Spray Tech believes that people represent a company's most important asset. At Wagner, we strive to create an organization where everyone participates and efforts are focused toward continuous improvement. These improvements are driven by dedication, teamwork, and the innovation of the Wagner family.

Our company participates in the US government's E-Verify process. In addition, all offers of employment are contingent on a drug test and background check.


YOUR BENEFITS

Our benefit package includes starting at 4 weeks PTO per year, 401(k) and a company match, medical, dental, life, disability, long term care insurance, as well as tuition reimbursement.

 

 

 

Position Objective:

The Product Manager will work with the Product Segment leader to develop short-term and long-term product plans and roadmap for the relevant product categories.  The PM is more specifically responsible for Product Life Cycle Management (PLCM) within their designated categories, focusing on the identification of new product opportunities, development of product plans and requirements, conducting field validation research and end-user feedback, and supporting market launch activities from a product management standpoint.  This will require that the PM work closely with other key disciplines, including account management, channel marketing, and engineering, to deliver targeted objectives.

 

 

Responsibilities:

 

  •    In conjunction with Channel Marketing, Account Management, and Marketing Communications, the PM will manage the development and implementation of the entire product launch plan, including project management “from concept to consumer”, leveraging as appropriate other functions to deliver critical elements of the plan/project.
  • Using the Corporate Product Creation Process, the PM will develop product plans and roadmaps for their respective product categories, utilizing various “Voice of Customer” methods and elements to identify and specify relevant products that meet the needs of the global consumer base.   
  • Work with sales management and engineering departments in conducting field evaluation testing to ensure the visibility of new and existing products.  Perform customer demonstrations.  Conduct technical product training and provide sales tools to help sales/account managers and dealers to become more effective in selling products.
  • The PM will be responsible for ensuring effective Product Life Cycle Management including launch to discontinuing with an emphasis on sustaining efforts and documentation in SAP systems. In addition, PMs will monitor product return rates for their categories, gather feedback from online reviews, competitive reviews and technical support calls and incorporate these learning’s into design and other changes on current platforms, as well as leveraging them for future platforms and product evolutions.
  • Work closely with International Decorative Finishing counterparts to ensure incorporation of international product and market requirements into the global product portfolio.  Where possible and financially feasible, attempt to globally drive concurrent product design and market entry.
  • Working with sales leadership, develop and maintain contacts with key customers to ensure input into our Product Creation Process.  As appropriate, use these customers as a sounding board for new concepts and product ideas throughout the process.  Leverage these relationships during and after product launch to secure feedback on product and process effectiveness and areas for improvement.

 

 

Relationship to Others:

Supervision and leadership of Associate Product Managers (if applicable) and others as assigned.  Work in a team manner throughout the organization to accomplish category goals and objectives.  Lead and champion implementation of category plans for their respective categories throughout the organization, with special attention to new product development and the Product Creation Process.  This position will work closely with PS&P, Operations, Quality, Technical Support, Marketing Communications and Customer Service to successfully perform these duties.

 

 

Dimensions of Position:

Work in direct communications with consumers, retail customers, sales organization, and vendors.  The PM will work with confidential information, including company financials, costing data, and salary/benefits data.

 

 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, marketing, engineering, operations, or related field is required.  MBA or other Master’s level degree is a plus.
  • Formal leadership and/or management training during professional career also a strong plus.

 

Experience

  • Minimum of four years of marketing/product management/sales within a related consumer or contractor business.  In depth knowledge of the paint or paint application market is highly desirable.
  • Sales and Marketing knowledge of principles for showing, promoting, and selling products is important and can include market strategy and tactics, product demonstration, and sales techniques.  In depth knowledge of applicable product line is also highly desirable.
  • Demonstrable record of past success in entry-level marketing, sales, or product/engineering role.

 

Skills

  • Project management - having a detail orientation in order to complete projects on time and within budget.  Ability to handle multiple projects at same time in a fast pace work environment
  • Cultural Sensitivityunderstanding how to work globally
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively and presenting materials effectively and professionally
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active learning – Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Ability to read blueprints and shop drawings a plus.
  • Strong initiative, energy, and positive attitude.
  • Hands-on capability with tools and equipment for learning, training, and demonstrating. Including the full set-up, use, and clean-up processes.

 

Technology

  • Working ability with Microsoft Office software to include intermediate level of Microsoft Outlook and PowerPoint and advanced level of Microsoft Word and Excel.


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis