Product Manager

Marketing
Eagan, MN - Fargo, ND - Warroad, MN
Job Overview
 
Be a product-passionate collaborator by acting as a key resource on assigned products – both internally and externally. Put customers at the center of development projects by maintaining a strong understanding of needs and the market. Collaborate cross-functionally to ensure that products are differentiated in ways that reinforce our brand-level value propositions. Leverage strong product marketing fundamentals to assist decision making in project prioritization and innovation processes. Keys for success will be a demonstrated ability to collaborate cross functionally, demonstrated market and product knowledge, an ability to support a recommendation with data, and strong communication skills.
 
Position can be located at Eagan, MN, Warroad, MN, or Fargo, ND.

Major Roles and Responsibilities

Cross-Functional Product Development (75%)

  • Provide marketing support to cross-functional development teams.
  • Represent Voice of the Customer through a Stage-Gate product development process.
  • Ensure project teams quickly reach decisions that help balance customer and business objectives.
  • Translate product launch core benefits to inform successful go-to-market strategies.
  • Ownership of pricing strategy for each new product launch, with assistance of Pricing Department.

Input into Product Strategy (10%)

  • Develop and substantiate a point of view on how to generate incremental growth, in line with the product strategy for an assigned category.
  • Actively participate in portfolio level project review and selection process.
  • Gather customer and market needs, including synthesizing market research data, market, and competitive trends; monitor and manage product option sales information.

Product Expertise (10%)

  • Act as internal expert on assigned products and/or focus areas.
  • Ensure product differentiation and value are represented consistently at all customer touch points.
  • Create core content that accurately communicates product differentiation.
  • Maintain thorough understanding of competitive product line strengths and weaknesses.
  • Heavy input into long-range product plans.

Marketing & Sales Support (5%)

  • Support departmental improvement initiatives.
  • Input into monthly & annual planning, forecasting, and goal-setting.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thinking & Deciding:

  • Curiosity for ideas; resourceful; solution-oriented; critical/analytical thinking.
  • Possesses a natural ability for learning quickly and understanding technical information.
  • Ability to form and support recommendations based on relevant data/information.
  • Solid understanding of basic business and marketing fundamentals.

Achieving:

  • Passion for product and product development.

Relating to People:

  • Dynamic ability to collaborate with an core focus on making teams successful.
  • Strong presentation skills and an ability to communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Customer focus.

Managing Work:

  • Ability to work autonomously and with minimal direction.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and make things happen in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; bias for action.
  • Detail-oriented; time management; accountable.

Managing Self:

  • High energy, self-directed, highly confident, and self-motivated.
    Builds trust; integrity; ethical behavior.

High level of proficiency in MS Excel and PowerPoint
Ability to travel, including some overnights (approximately 25%)

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or marketing
  • MBA with a marketing emphasis is highly desired
  • 1 to 4 years of related and successful work experience in product marketing, new product development, or product management is required