Product Manager Automotive EMEA

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Date: 3 Apr 2024

Location: Barcelona, ES

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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Job Purpose


Reporting to the Global Product Manager OEM Automotive, the main objective for this position will be:


  • Actively manages the allocated regional product groups in line with agreed hierarchies.
  • Supports Category Management team in the implementation, execution, and maintenance of NPD/NPI, harmonization and rationalization projects.
  • Drive customer preference for AkzoNobel products versus competition.



Key Accountabilities


Product Portfolio Management:


  • Manages product lifecycle as a portfolio, bringing in new products and regularly replacing and eliminating obsolete products. Manages the tail by driving initiatives to reduce slow movers/ obsolete products (SLOB).
  • Translates value propositions and contributes towards product strategy and vision.
  • Provides input for competitor benchmark studies.
  • Coordinates with R&D to create specification for regional product adaptations based on market trends and customer needs.
  • Management of change responsibility for regional portfolio adaptions and introductions via APQP process.
  • Maintains the specified product ranges and associated master data; ensuring compliance with technical specifications set by R&D and PSRA.


 Product Positioning & Commercialization:


  • Creates sales arguments for products including competitive comparisons.
  • Ensures that relevant product information is provided to the commercial organization.
  • Provides market input for product positioning of new product developments.
  • Contributes to the creation of best practices in product management across the business unit.
  • Provides product related input for product related Communication.
  • Supports the development & implementation of product positioning literature for the internal organization and external customers; message strategy, planning and deliverables,and the creation of high-impact sales tools and customer retention tools such as white papers, newsletters, presentations, product demos.



Job requierements


  • At least 5+ years directly experience in either R&D, Manufacturing or Marketing preferably in Paints & Coatings industry.
  • University qualification in engineering or chemistry; business management, marketing.
  • Used to work with IT tools as SAP, Focus, Excel, Gaudi, etc.
  • Willingness to work across functional teams in a matrix organization and manage all stakeholders; management by influence.


At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

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