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Junior Product Manager

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Date: Jun 21, 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. 


Role Summary

To develop a competitive Own Brand product assortment across a range of technologies core to the divisional product strategy

  • Create a product sourcing roadmap (NPI strategy) in line with all stakeholder businesses to drive market share and margin growth
  • Browse existing assortment and monitor markets and technologies, establishing own brand opportunities for own brand products
  • Drive supplier selection and commercial negotiations
  • Own product lifecycle from introduction through to end of life, ensuring necessary actions to maintain product compliance and replace obsolete products are implemented
  • Shared responsibility for the sales, margin and inventory performance of the assigned technologies
  • Product sourcing (mainly Asia) in collaboration with our Chinese subsidiary, following the defined sourcing process and in line with the own brand strategy
  • Responsible for the planning, sourcing and the product lifecycle management of the assigned product categories
  • Analyze product assortments of each of the TeCo businesses and present product recommendations to replace or complement existing assortment with own brand products
  • Define the initial order quantity in alignment with the PM’s of all TeCo businesses, recommend the right stock levels for each business and set up product distribution (intercompany)
  • Marketing: Coordinate product branding and provide marketing material to all TeCo businesses
  • Ensures product compliance in collaboration with Q&L
  • Provide businesses with fit-for-purpose product data and images for relevant products
  • Pricing: define price structure for NPI, ensure price competitiveness by benchmarking against competition and providing competitive intelligence to the Pricing Team
  • Create cross-reference list to A-brands and competitors own brand on a product level
  • Degree in a relevant technical area (electrical engineering etc.)
  • Completed apprenticeship in relevant technical area


Experience/Industry Knowledge

Essential: Level of relevant (technical) product and market knowledge in any or all of the following: Electromechanical components, Automation, Test & Measurement devices, Single-Board computing

Desirable: Relevant industry experience

                 Understanding of modern digital marketing techniques

                 Proficient in the use of ERP systems and MS Office (especially Excel and Powerpoint)

Personal Competencies
  • Commercial market awareness and ability to see and act upon market trend indicators
  • 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 interpret results
  • Adaptable with a focus on self-development


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.