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Product Manager

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Reading, PA, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. 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 the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

  • Manage and strengthen the segment product portfolio in line with the segment strategy and market trends
  • Ensures that the product group matches customer needs and supports the development of new or replacement products and manages their launch into the market; manages the withdrawal of unwanted or obsolete products.
  • Responsible for ensuring collaborative approach at PCU level; focal point of product management for the region, segment or category       

Key Accountabilities

       1.  Product Portfolio Management

  • Lead the product line management and efforts in defining the strategy for new category/product opportunities.
  • Create business cases and strategies for new products, segments, countries. Develop, communicate, and implements strategic portfolio plans
  • Gather and analyze data, prioritize market trends and direction, analyze and maintain key performance indicators
  1. Product Positioning & Commercialization
  • Responsible for launch of new products through coordination with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Drive product launch planning and provide guidance to the cross-functional product launch team to complete all required preparation and launch activities.
  • Coordinates product introduction and market exploitation with the Marketing and Sales organizations
  1. Product related Communication
  • Develop & implement high impact / differentiated product positioning and messaging to the internal organization and external customers
  • Ensures creation of high-impact sales tools and customer retention tools such as white papers, newsletters, presentations, product demos
  1. Market Insights; Strategy & Innovation
  • Develop plans and projects for market-research.
  • Utilize and interpret internal/ external market information related to products to understand customer needs and presents conclusions and recommendations for strategy
  1. Compliance & HSE
  • Be familiar with and ensure compliance with applicable policies and procedures related to personal conduct and HSE standards
  • Develops & implements action plans in line with PSRA guidance to ensure that TDS/SDS/labels and NPD/NPI are compliant with legal requirements of destination markets.
  • Manages product master data.

Job Requirements

  • Experience of 5+ years in either R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing with additional experience as a Product Manager for at least 3 years
  • University qualification in business; marketing; engineering or chemistry
  • Sound understanding of Project Management & Program Management and Customer and Supplier relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proven ability to develop product and marketing strategies and effectively communicate recommendations to executive management
  • Developed business acumen and strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Skilled at working effectively with cross functional teams in a matrix organization
  • Comfortable executing product plans and in engaging key internal and external customers
  • Commercially astute and technically strong with excellent business analysis skills too.
  • Results focused, excellent communicator who enjoys a collaborative working style.


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 15390



Nearest Major Market: Reading PA