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Global Smart Pole Product Manager

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Located In:  Valley, NE
Date Posted: 
Occupational Category:  00-0000.00
Location:  Valley, NE
Start Date:  2018-06-04
Requisition #:  R3812
Positions Available: 
 28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Product Manager is a centralized voice behind Valmont Global Engineered Support Structures' strategy for the designated product(s) and execution, combining feedback from sales, marketing, business development, customers and prospects to lead the execution of product plans. This position is responsible for the overall coordination and leadership of the product line. Managing these functions are essential to product-line strategy and goal achievement.  Specific duties include overall responsibility for product line stewardship, market and competitive analysis, and the formulation of strategic responses to market opportunities that present themselves.

In addition to product planning, this position will lead cross functional teams, including newly acquired companies to drive product development initiatives and ensure they are completed on time and on budget. This position works closely with Sales and Engineering Departments to develop new products and manage updates to the existing product line. The Product Manager understands customers' needs and clearly defines them. The incumbent knows the competitor's product line and is considered the company expert on our competitor's products in different areas of the world.

Essential Functions:

  • This position reports to the Vice President, Business Development.
  • Ability to create and execute business plans and deliver financial results.
  • Ability to establish and cultivate excellent working relationships with engineering, sales and operations.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to solve complex problems and take on large challenges.
  • Ability to define market requirements.
  • Passion and integrity with the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results.
  • This role requires up to 25% travel (internationally/domestically), including overnight stays.

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • Responsible for overall strategic direction, growth, profitability and customer satisfaction of the designated product line.  Including strategic planning, product development and product launches for the product line as well as one to three year strategic and tactical planning.
  • Together with the rest of the Marketing team, responsible for timely development and execution of product launch programs.
  • Works closely with Global Sales, Engineering and Marketing to position products as the market leader.
  • Lead new product cross-functional development teams, driving the executing of timelines for timely project completions.
  • Focus on products globally to ensure that product development has a global scope and reach.
  • Defines market requirements for both current and planned new equipment.
  • Provides competitive information to sales in order to assist in selling.
  • Collects and analyzes marketing information including trends, opportunities and customer's expectations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of emerging/advanced technologies in the marketplace, working collaboratively with engineering to identify potential new products that could be integrated into the product line.
  • Plans and implements successful product launches in conjunction with product marketing and sales.
  • Assists with developing marketing communications material to support new product launches as well as provides the necessary input for changes to existing marketing communications material.
  • Recommends product line extensions, opportunities and eliminations.
  • Assists in forecasting sales for operations planning.
  • Provides equipment product management support for international, ensuring that international is well-informed of decisions that affect international product offering.

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Bachelor's degree in Business,  Engineering, or relevant technical field with 6+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 8+ years relevant experience or 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in IoT, data collection through sensing equipment, cloud data collection, cell/satellite/hardwire connections and optimized user interfaces.
  • Experience defining product requirements through market research and interpretation.
  • Strong strategy development skills, product roadmap development.
  • Expertise in the use of influence, team participation, consensus building and dealer/customer/grower communication.
  • Experience executing successful product development products and launches.
  • An understanding of technologies that are currently utilized in the product line.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of product management process.

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or other Advanced Degree (MBA, MA, ME).
  • Product management responsibility on an international scale.

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed within an office environment with some work being done in remote locations, offsite sales meetings, and out in the manufacturing shop. While visiting the manufacturing areas of the plant, use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required at all times. The work environment can be demanding at times especially during the busy sales season or prior to new product launches. Domestic and international travel represents up to 20% of the work schedule and includes transportation by vehicle and by air. This position requires movement around the office as well as the ability to drive a vehicle to and from the various work sites including the occasional transportation of other team members. This position may require lifting, carrying, bending, kneeling, pivoting, reaching, standing, climbing stairs, handling, gripping, grasping and visually inspecting equipment parts. Overall the physical effort level is considered light. Heavy equipment can be moved with a dolly or the aid of a hoist. Movement of heavy equipment is rare.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer.  The employee is occasionally required to move about the office.  Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


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Applications accepted through July 4, 2018


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Making the World a Better Place to Live

Valmont is recognized throughout the world as an industry leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving agricultural irrigation equipment.  We design, manufacture and sell irrigation equipment; lighting, utility and communications poles, towers and structures; and fabricated industrial products.  We also provide custom coatings services.

Coatings. Valmont is a leading provider of metal coating services.  Our finishes, which include galvanizing, painting and anodizing, protect metal products around the world from corrosion.

Irrigation. As the pioneering leader and the world's largest manufacturer of mechanized irrigation equipment, Valmont hopes to feed the world and conserve fresh water resources.

Structures. Valmont's quality engineered structures for lighting and traffic, wireless communication, highway safety and access systems provide safety and order for customers around the world.

Tubing and Other Industrial Operations. Valmont specializes in additional industrial operations that include: custom steel tubing for a variety of industries; forged steel grinding media for the mining industry; electrolytic manganese dioxide for disposable batteries; and the distribution of industrial fasteners.

Utility. Utility relies on Valmont's substation structures and steel, spun concrete and hybrid transmission and distribution poles to bring power to customers in North America and emerging global markets.

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