Product Manager

  • Job Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Category:
    Marketing - Product
  • Location:
    Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Job Code:

I’m working with a well-established and financially healthy manufacturing company located in near North Chicago suburbs that is looking for a Product Manager experience in full-cycle product management, specifically including hands-on product development and ideation in addition to executing life-cycle plans, strategy plans and essentially taking a product from concept to market.


They are offering some relocation assistance to anyone who is

looking to move into the thriving Chicago market!


You’ll supply market and product data, analysis, and recommendations as needed and will be responsible for understanding competitive product lines to compare and contrast product features and benefits with a compelling selling story. Additionally, you’ll be leading the charge for understanding, initiating, and utilizing all tactical business drivers to obtain financial objectives. Last, but not least, this role will ensure the timely execution of marketing plans and effectively communicate critical information.



  • Located in Buffalo Grove, IL (no telecommuting)
  • Family owned/operated
  • In business over 100 years and going strong
  • Valued at $200MM
  • Very competitive salary plus bonus
  • Industry leader in their category
  • On-site fitness center
  • Full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with match and more)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Flex spending
  • Paid vacation, sick days


  • Develop short- and long-term product plans designed to deliver growth and profit performance that aligns with the overall goals or the organization.
  • Prepare annual plans for each major product line; achieve plans for each major product
  • Provide strategic, specific, and targeted recommendations for growth as the recognized expert in the competitive environment, existing internal capabilities, and potential new capabilities.
  • Seek out, evaluate, and prioritize opportunities for product improvements, product line additions, new markets, improved merchandising, promotions, and other growth prospects.
  • Maintain a product line portfolio strategy that includes a 3-year product life-cycle plan that includes new product launches, product modifications, promotions, and end of life discontinuations.
  • Provide direction and ensure timely execution of marketing plans including product launches, product modifications, and promotions to drive sales of products.
  • Display leadership qualities when working with cross-functional teams and internal departments. Drive effective communication and collaboration within the organization. Foster good working relationships among team members and other functional contacts. Mentor less experienced Product Management personnel.
  • Market & end user expert through interaction with sales people, distributors, and end users through a variety of venues. Collect and maintain market information. Conduct market research as necessary. Spend 10% of time in the field and document this time and how and where it is spent learning about customer needs.
  • Serve as the product expert on performance, functionality, pricing, packaging, merchandising, and value propositions to internal and external customers. Provide product-related assistance to other areas of the company as needed.
  • Provide monthly narrative on major product line performance to plan focus on product lines that are significantly above or below plan along with corrective actions. Provide recommendations for delivering growth.


  • Bachelors’ degree in Business or related technical field and 5+ years of relevant experience in consumer goods product management.
  • Will also consider candidates with 3 years of Product Management experience and 5 years of other business experience.
  • Knowledge of managing budgets, forecasts and business plans.
  • Knowledge in identifying and justifying a growth opportunity, then launching new product lines and working with a stage-gate development process.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Proficiency using MS Office (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Ability to understand basic finance calculations, simple market research techniques, basic implementation of marketing activities (PR, advertising, promotions, POP, packaging), developing strategic plans (pricing strategy, brand positioning, competitive analysis) with limited assistance, exposure to various manufacturing/sourcing supply chains and a basic project management proficiency.
  • Be an effective team player that takes initiatives and ownership, while influencing cross-functional teams.



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