Very large plastics packaging company has a Product Manager, Plastics Packaging position open in the Atlanta, GA area. The Product Manager is responsible for all technical aspects, bill of materials, production routes, production capacity and optimization, product development roadmap, product marketing information related to the product, competitive analysis and product positioning (technical and commercial). The Product Manager works in close cooperation with Market Directors and with the relevant BU Operations/Technical Teams to develop and manage the product roadmap to support profitable growth I any of the markets where the product is or could be commercialized. The roadmap is an all-encompassing plan containing product innovation, next generation product iteration of improvement, technology advances either in client processes or in converting processes that affect the product, takes into account the need for further or new capacity. The Product Manager has a strong role to play in managing and improving the cost of the product and as such participates actively in cost-cutting initiatives for clients through specification optimization, manufacturing efficiency, minimizing waste, order simplification resulting in lower costs, improving service, quality and lead-time. The Product Manager oversees the product development process with the relevant R&D team, follows such development from inception to market commercialization. The Product Manager represents all aspects of the product externally to clients as well as internally to Business Unit and Market Segments. Accountable for building the product strategy, competitive landscape analysis, leading capital appropriation projects and creating marketing and product positioning documents for internal and external use.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsible for all technical aspects, quality and sustainability of a product.
Become the go-to resource for a product for all other functions including sales, marketing, customer service, operations and R&D.
In collaboration with operations, scheduling, planning, etc., leads asset optimization initiatives where the product is running, including asset utilization, production rate, efficiency and waste. Responsible to maintain/optimize existing product or product range and develop new and profitable product generations to support sales within any market, whether at existing or at new clients in close cooperation with the relevant Market Directors, sales team, with BU Operations and with R&D.
Responsible for product cost improvements, whether through the bill of materials, the manufacturing process or other cost cutting measures in the logistics of the products or through initiatives at/with clients.
Responsible for full compliance of the product with all relevant food and drug regulations applicable in the countries where the product is sold, all internal regulations and code of conduct, local market requirements and any other relevant laws.
Responsible to manage the product roadmap, a strategic expression of the upcoming product development needs and market evolution with guidance from market directors, production and capacity evolution by working closely with operations to support the next generation product and sales growth in any markets.
Responsible to provide all of companies required reporting that pertains to product activity inside and outside of BU direct reporting requirements.
Responsible for training of any relevant personnel dealing directly or indirectly with the product, including, delivering or preparing relevant training for clients in any of the markets.
Minimum of BS in Polymer, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, in Materials Sciences or comparable technical degree. A complimentary education in food or pharmaceutical sciences or strong experience in business, business administration, finance, law, etc., would be an asset.
Preferred a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a leading technical or R&D project or product management, preferably in packaging or adjacent space.
Experience in plastics, thermoforming, packaging, injection molding, polymers, blown film, thermoplastics, HDPE, LLDPE, Polyethylene or Polypropylene is preferred.