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Date: Feb 14, 2019

Location: Manchester, GB

Company: Datwyler

The Distrelec Group (Distrelec & Elfa Distrelec), as part of the Datwyler Technical Components Division, is a leading online high service distributor of electronic, automation, tools and measurement technology in Europe. We operate worldwide and stock over 160,000 products, adding around 2,000 new & innovative products every month, from a linecard of more than 1,000 market leading manufacturers. We have local sales offices across Europe to support our customers and provide them with products and services to suit their individual needs. 


Your Position

To support the development and maintenance of the assigned product category(s), working closely with the product manager(s) to ensure focus is in line with the company and overall category strategy.

  1. Support NPI set up and ensure best in class content and data to support digital sales and search.
  2. Support system changes specific to product, ensuring relevant stakeholders are informed of changes.
  3. Be the first point of contact for sales teams to communicate customer product queries, taking ownership to resolve in a timely manner.
  4. Contribute to the delivery of the Sales and Margin performance of the assigned product category in line with agreed targets.


  • Coordinate best in class content for new product introductions, taking guidance from the product manager.
  • Implement corrective actions from direct customer feedback.
  • Pro-actively analyse data to highlight any inconsistencies with pricing, margin, part numbers or product attributes.
  • Build strong relationships with key suppliers and product data team to pro-actively improve product / web content.
  • Product life cycle management: support implementation of actions from full product manager review.
  • Marketing: Provide content needed to successfully market the product category(s)
  • Define key attributes and product classification for the website to improve search and online conversion, taking guidance from the product manager/supplier.
  • Highlight process improvements and drive efficiency.
  • Highlight any market opportunities or technology trends that could drive future growth.


Experience in a relevant technical or commercial area (electronic engineering/digital marketing etc.) – desirable.

Experience/Industry Knowledge

  • Knowledge of electronic and/or industrial components (or relevant technologies) and distribution – desirable but not essential.
  • Background in Product, Purchasing / supply chain
  • Experience of online marketing, preferably in a distribution business - B2B or B2C (B2B preferred)
  • Understanding of modern digital marketing techniques
  • Proficient in the use of ERP systems and MS Office (especially SAP, Excel and Powerpoint)

Personal Competencies

  • Financial acumen – understanding of pricing (cost and sell) and impact on business margin
  • Strong verbal and written communication (internal and external)
  • Ability to influence and persuade others (internal and external)
  • Team player with a can do attitude
  • Analytical skills to evaluate performance and problem solve
  • Adaptable with a focus on self-development
  • Highly structured thinking and ways of working
  • Able to efficiently prioritize work and inform stakeholders on progress


We Offer a Diverse and Global Working Environment
As a globally operating company, Datwyler offers a broad spectrum of job profiles and career oppor­tunities. We offer ambitious individuals who approach their task with dedication and enthusiasm the right environment to excel and grow. This gives every employee the opportunity to influence the way we work. At Datwyler, we enable our employees to bring their talent to a global context and grow it steadily over time. Our employees are therefore at the very heart of Datwyler – we interact with respect, trust and loyalty. Mutual consideration and appreciation are key.