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Graduate - Global Product Manager

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U-POL is a leading supplier of bodyfiller, coatings, aerosols, abrasives, polishes and consumables to the professional and consumer car repair markets with a strong reputation for high quality products. U-POL has extensive research and development facilities and manufactures at its Wellingborough site from where it sells to over 100 countries. U-POL’s 60-year track record in the industry, its enviable portfolio of strong brands such as U-POL, RAPTOR and ISOPON, coupled with continued international expansion and reputation for innovation, make it a world-class business.

U-POL has ambitious development and growth plans and is now recruiting a graduate to join its dynamic marketing team as a Global Product Manager to take responsibility for a wide range of automotive repair products based in Wellingborough.

We’re looking for a science-based graduate, who is keen to start their career in a product marketing and project management based role. This is a highly commercial position, so the successful candidate will have already demonstrated their potential for strong business acumen and leadership.

The Global Product Manager is a key position within the organisation, so the role offers significant responsibility and accountability from day one. It will also provide valuable experience through exposure to senior management and other internal functions and will involve working closely with many markets outside of the UK. For the successful candidate there will be plenty of opportunity for further development and progression within the organisation.

RAPTOR How to Tint and Spray

RAPTOR® is a tough durable truck bed liner and protective coating. Available in black and tintable versions, it’s suitable for any application where a tough, heavy duty coating is needed. RAPTOR® is flexible, waterproof and can be sprayed over a variety of substrates.

Job Purpose:

  • The Global Product Manager will be responsible for managing a wide range of coating and filler products within specific categories. These product categories currently account for c.50% of total turnover with sales of c.£40m.
  • They will champion every aspect of product development throughout the product life cycle for all products within their specified categories including new product development and launch, changes to existing products, pricing, category management, compliance and product deletion.
  • They are responsible for monitoring and supporting the sale of these products through a variety of channels including automotive trade and retail to consumers and professional users.
  • They will monitor and analyse the performance of their product portfolio and take appropriate actions to ensure that all products deliver agreed sales targets.
  • Through a deep understanding of the market and awareness of competitor products and activity they will gain valuable insights into the needs of end users to help deliver more effective product development.
  • They will engage with all functions across the business and project manage a broad range of projects including the development of an agreed pipeline of NPD.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Use internal master data and various sales reports to analyse and monitor sales and profitability of both new and existing products and be pro-active in developing initiatives that ensure sales targets are achieved.
  • Work closely with R&D, Master Data, Supply Chain, Sales and Brand Management to project manage an agreed pipeline of new products from concept through the launch using the StageGate process.
  • Gather as much market intelligence and end user insights as possible to help identify further improvements to our range either through existing product development or NPD.
  • Work closely with the Artwork & Packaging Design Co-ordinator to either create new artwork or manage any labelling changes to existing products, ensuring 100% accuracy.
  • Manage the successful implementation of any changes agreed to the existing range of products including any cost saving initiatives.
  • In close consultation with both sales and brand management, develop support material and data required to help drive sales of existing products.
  • Attend regular internal meetings and lead a variety of ad-hoc cross functional projects.
  • Work within agreed spend budgets.

Candidate specification:

  • Educated in a science-based degree.
  • Proficient in the English language.
  • Have demonstrated strong commercial acumen with a high attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent IT, analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated with a desire to progress rapidly.
  • Ability to engage and lead others and manage complex projects.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage own work load.
  • Highly organised and efficient.
  • Able to prioritise and work calmly under pressure to achieve deadlines.
  • Ability to work within a team as well as independently.


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Opportunity Overview

  • Tomorrow
  • £23,500 - £25,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Wellingborough (Northamptonshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Process

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