Chemical Product Manager in Glenview, IL at ITW

Date Posted: 3/19/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    155 Harlem Avenue
    Glenview, IL
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  • Experience:
    4 to 7 years
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Job Description

Company Description  

Magnaflux, a division of Illinois Tool Works (Fortune 250), is a leading worldwide supplier of magnetic particle, dye penetrant inspection equipment and associated chemical products used for applications within the Aerospace, Automotive, Oil & Gas and Energy markets.

Job Description  

The Chemical Product Manager is a key position within the Product Management Team at Magnaflux (a division of ITW).  This position leverages first-hand understanding of customer needs, product and applications expertise, excellent communication skills and leadership instincts to drive product development activities and decisions that maintain Magnaflux’s position in the market as a premium supplier of NDT products.  

The primary responsibilities of the Chemical Product Manager include working closely with cross functional teams throughout the product development process; and developing and implementing marketing plans to meet revenue and profit targets for the product lines defined.  This is achieved through customer and applications understanding via personal NDT experience and voice of the customer research.  The Chemical Product Manager is also responsible for providing regular communication, support, and training to sales and service teams/distributors. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the entire life cycle of the defined product line within the business from strategic planning, product definition, tactical launch activities and end of life.
  • Operate as the internal voice of our customer across development teams, (primarily R&D and Marketing) through an understanding of market requirements, product definition, training and launch activities.
  • Establish product requirements that ensure a strong and clear value proposition for the product by customer segment.
  • Coordinate and participate in on-going Innovation/VOC exercises. Combine this information with a business case analysis to define product or business requirements.
  • Work with R&D to perform testing on competitor products to understand differentiation; and identify potential areas for portfolio gaps or product improvements.
  • Perform market research and track data (unit volumes, bookings and margin) to understand business trends and make informed decisions for current and future product direction.
  • Develop core messaging and positioning for the defined product line.
  • Work with the Marketing Team to create and maintain marketing plans, advertising, and sales tools including brochures, product descriptions, application notes, web content, etc. 
  • Set pricing and general sales policy for the product line.
  • Assist Customer Service and Sales teams with technical and customer support.
  • Interface with internal departments including R&D, engineering, sales, marketing and support teams to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are achieved.  
  • Leverage aspects of the ITW Business Model – 80/20, USa, PLS and cost savings – in all aspects of product management and decision making
  • Additional duties and tasks as assigned.

  • Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Ability and willingness to make decisions regarding all aspects of the product line.
  • Must have a strong understanding and appreciation for chemicals and product testing.
  • This knowledge level is acquired via completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related technical field and/or Engineering as well as approximately 4-7 years of marketing, product management and/or sales experience in a manufacturing company environment.  Advanced technical or business-related degree an advantage.
  • Must have an understanding of, or experience in, industrial sales, preferably with experience in industrial chemical sales.
  • Must have a passion for technology and innovation.
  • Must have a good working understanding of selling and marketing in a global environment.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities independently.
  • Proficient in MS Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel up to 20% required both domestically and internationally.  Additional travel may be required depending on product lifecycle and business requirements.  Travel amounts will vary depending on where the product is in the life cycle, but could involve anything from day trips to 10-day international excursions.  

Additional Information  

ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please visit our website for more information on how to apply.