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Assistant Product Manager

Job Title:             Assistant Product Manager

Manager:            Senior Product Manager

Location:             Woodridge, IL

Travel:                  About 15%

 

About Globe Union:

Globe Union strives to be a positive force in our industry and communities. Our approximately 10,000 employees worldwide are guided by our passion statement, "One Family, One Vision." We provide a positive, collaborative, and entrepreneurial environment, along with an opportunity to grow with a winning team. We are seeking individuals who will bring the same passion to the organization and commit to the success of Globe Union.

Globe Union is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures, faucets, and fittings.

Danze, Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, LLC are subsidiaries of Globe Union Group, Inc.

About Gerber Plumbing Fixtures:

Founded in 1932, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Union Group Inc. and is based just outside Chicago, IL.   Gerber is a leading manufacturer of high performance plumbing fixtures, faucets and fittings sold exclusively through professional wholesalers throughout the United States and Canada.

Gerber has a comprehensive residential product offering of vitreous china fixtures including toilets, lavatories and bidets; a full range of faucets for the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room; and is a leading supplier of bathtub drains.  Its complete commercial product line includes toilets, lavatories, urinals and service sinks as well as mechanical and electronic faucets and flush valves.  Gerber also has a complete line of high efficiency products that are WaterSense certified.

About Danze, Inc:

Danze is young and playful with an entrepreneurial spirit and an optimist’s view of the world—a world filled with unlimited possibilities. We are savvy, independent thinkers - much like our customers. We believe that style and design have the power to inspire and delight. This belief is our reason for being.

Preferring the path less traveled, we enjoy the distinction of being different as much as we enjoy the new experiences that come out of it. We are easy-going but possess an ambitious edge. We’re proud of this paradox. You’ll usually find us hanging with other fun and free-thinking people who are authentic, caring, and friendly. We embrace of the beauty of life. And we know we are all in this together.

We're grounded and humbled by the idea that people, all over America, are using Danze products everyday in a multitude of ways. And when they do, Danze is helping them feel better about their homes and about themselves in a multitude of ways. This is why we're focused on creating products that are an expression of our customers and their relentless search for something beautiful, distinctive and refreshing.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with day-to-day management of product related issues for branded product lines including, brass and vitreous china.
  • Support sales team with any product related information and materials. 
  • Product Development, Enhancement, and Maintenance:
    • Under the guidance of the Senior Product Manager, establish a product vision for branded products based on market trends and customer behavior.
    • Support and/or lead new product development efforts for branded products.  This will involve management of new product development process in conjunction with our teams in Taiwan and China. 
    • Manage development projects, coordinate and drive all cross-functional work associated with the project in all aspects of its life cycle (engineering, QA, documentation, technical support, sales, marketing, etc.) to ensure successful on-time product release.
    • Propose and implement product modifications and enhancements based on performance analysis and provide insight into tradeoffs with creativity and solid business judgment. 
  • Market Analysis:
    • Analyze market composition, segmentation, and trends.
    • Conduct competitive product assessments and develop new product or product positioning strategies to compete.
  • Pricing:
    • Conduct research to drive competitive strategy and define pricing and positioning.
  • Financial Analysis and Metrics:
    •  Track and analyze product performance utilizing financial data, sales trends, and industry information.
    • Develop tracking and reporting formats for measuring product success.
    • Develop sales and profitability objectives, and measurement methods to track performance versus objectives. 
    • Perform financial justification of new products, line extensions, and enhancements. 
  • Training:
    • Develop and deliver product training programs to sales team and customers, as well as conduct training programs in North American plumbing practices, and any needs and wants for our team in Asia. 
  • Perform all other duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with 1 – 2 years related experience. 
  • Must be a strong oral and written communicator with good interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to translate strategy into practice.
  • Willingness to cooperate and accept added responsibilities.
  • Ability to work well with all co-workers and manager. 
  • A successful candidate will be self-motivated, goal-oriented, thrive on challenging and rewarding work, and have the ability to make quick and effective decisions.
  • Ability to travel overseas.

Globe Union offers excellent benefits including:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance.
  • 401(k) with generous company match.
  • Paid Holidays.
  • Annual vacation.
  • Life and disability insurance.
  • FSA.
  • Company sponsored fitness and wellness programs.

Contact:  jobs@globeunion.com

EOE.