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Senior Product Manager in Queens, NY at Standard Motor Products

Date Posted: 10/4/2019

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Job Description

Product Manager (PM) 

Successful candidate will be responsible for the development of automotive aftermarket product strategies for their assigned lines to include: new product development, product marketing, new product introductions, market research, and Original Equipment (OE) research. In addition, you will partner with other internal departments in the engineering, design/development and the testing of new products.

 Responsibilities include: 

  • Oversee Product Managers to meet product coverage goals and first to market product releases.
  • Act as a category expert in your product categories
  • Define new product initiatives while optimizing the ongoing product line for maximum profitability.
  • Define and develop 1-3 year product portfolio roadmaps
  • Deliver product introductions on-time and within budget, for assigned product lines
  • Develop and drive brand, product and line strategy
  • Work Closely with the pricing department on new product introductions to achieve planned market position and gross margin targets
  • Identify and develop new product opportunities
  • Work within a cross-functional team through all phases of the product design and development process, manufacturing and sourcing process through to product launch
  • Represent the “voice of customer" on product development teams to assure objectives are met
  • Collaborate with the marketing services team on marketing strategy for assigned products including literature, advertising, product sales training and support materials
  • Contribute to new business development efforts, including new category and new channel assessment
  • Prepare Market Requirements Document and product specifications along with the product development / engineering team
  • Preparing accurate up-to-date reports and reviews on project schedules and cost analysis
  • Evaluate ideas and suggestions for new products, investigate market opportunities and effect on market for present products.
  • Recommend specific and measurable Marketing objectives for product lines in terms of $ Sales, Gross Profits, and Market Share
  • Lead implementation of new product launches outlined in the product marketing plan
  • Partner with operations (forecasting & supply chain) and sales planning to ensure fill rate targets are achieved
  • Responsible for acquiring, updating, and comparison of company product performance vs. competitive performance, and competitive landscaping (pricing, features, applications, and innovation)


  • Manage project deadlines
  • Multitask without sacrificing quality of work
  • Motivate team members to achieve goals
  • Writes clear, well thought out documentation, memos, letters etc.

Job Requirements


Detailed understanding of the replacement automotive parts environment including a working knowledge of the various systems of automobiles and light trucks is mandatory.  Strong analytical skills, excellent math aptitude; ability to successfully negotiate; positive leadership qualities; highly effective analytical and communication skills; close attention to detail and expeditious follow-up; ability to effectively prioritize numerous tasks and projects and address multiple priorities simultaneously and have strengths in decision-making and  are all key attributes and  inherent  pre-requisites skills for this position.

Key Competencies: 

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent math aptitude
  • Ability to successfully negotiate 
  • Strategic planning
  • Market trends analysis
  • Project Management
  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate with sales team/channel partners
  • Analysis of Market Demand, Market Share and Value Proposition of own products vs  main competitors
  • Manage and execute the introduction of new products

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Business/Engineering preferred
  • Minimum of ten (10) years progressively increased position of responsibility in marketing, sales or product engineering position or similar background necessary.
  • Detailed understanding of the replacement automotive parts environment including a working knowledge of the various systems of automobiles and light trucks is mandatory.