Reporting to the National Director of Products and Marketing, the Product Manager is responsible for product planning and developing the marketing strategy for national and regional product lines as well as analyzing import opportunities.
Develops and maintains business relationships with key regional and / or national suppliers.
Seek and analyse new import opportunities for the company, consistent with the current distribution model.
Ability to develop logistical scenarios and assess related costs : Inbound and Outbound freight and other related expenses.
Interacts with regional and national CanWel staff to ensure the supplier programs and products conform to our company’s ethics, distribution model, pricing structures, operational and safety requirements, profitability requirements, customer needs and consumer / builder preferences.
Be the gate keeper of national and regional vendor agreements, influence profitability at the regional level, maintain all national pricing functions, participate in the Pre-Pricing JDE process and manage all claims processes with suppliers to optimize profitability.
Interact with regional purchasing to maintain optimal inventory levels in all branches and looks into the development of centralized and optimized distribution models.
Ensure an effective communication loop to the sales organisation is achieved on all activities consistent with the National Director of Products and Marketing, the National Accounts Director and the national and regional requirements.
Seek new solutions and expand customer service offerings through interaction with other Product Managers, the Marketing department and National Accounts.
Develop national pricing strategies, assist with regional pricing strategies and involved in system pre-pricing.
Ability to become proficient in the use of our Company JDE system and other analytical business tools : i.e. Qlikview, etc.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
5 years’ minimum distribution product management experience
Construction and hardware building materials industry knowledge
Excellent presentation skills as well as excellent communication skills both oral and written
Able to influence without direct authority
Strong negotiation and problem-solving skills
Strong analytical skills
Maintain positive and enthusiastic attitude even in adverse situations
Proven ability to quickly learn new technologies and then clearly communicate their highest value propositions
Good keyboarding skills and computer skills; very comfortable with Excel, Word, Outlook
Excellent English communication skills at a capacity to influence sales, in person and over the phone, with customers at various levels
Write emails, letters, and sale documents in a professional manner
Bilingual (English and French) is preferred
Post- secondary education is a minimum requirement
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Corporate and national annual incentive plan
Group pension plan
Travel : 10 to 15 days per year within Canada and potentially to the US on occasions
Employment Status : Full time
Work Location : located in Blainville, Quebec
CanWel welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada without sponsorship.
We thank you for your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.