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Culinary Category Manager

Company: Miele
Location: Princeton
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

It's a good time to be with Miele! -

Manage the development, introduction and lifecycle for the built-in culinary appliance portfolios. - Ensure collaboration between business units, R&D and manufacturing departments based in Germany in both the development of new products as well as management of the current portfolios. The core tasks and responsibilities of the position include product portfolio planning, lifecycle management, product positioning, pricing strategy and P&L analysis, promotions and market research. -In close coordination with the Sales, support the expansion of retail channels and forecasting. -

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree with at least 4 years of experience in product marketing or management - ideally with a focus on luxury consumer goods.
  • Experience in using project management skills to lead cross-functional teams and in the development of new products. -
  • Account management or retail sales experience a plus. Fundamental understanding of channel management.
  • Well versed in all Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, MS Teams), SAP. - German language skills (desired).
  • Ability to communication to various audiences
  • Robust analytical skills
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Detail oriented
  • Creative thinker
  • Sound commercial judgment

    -Essential job responsibilities:

    • Serve as primary category management liaison with the business units in Germany
    • Establish a thorough understanding of the U.S. luxury residential appliance market from both the retailer and consumer perspectives
    • Responsible for product margins and maintaining profitability of product portfolios
    • Analysis and reporting of monthly category sales and margin development
    • Monitor competitor activities and create and manage database of all relevant competitor products
    • Evaluate the broader market and consumer needs and demands to successfully plan the appropriate products needed to increase share of Miele products
    • Work closely with the sales team to ensure the product portfolio stays relevant to the dealer channel as well as ensuring growth in national accounts
    • Establish and implement product positioning strategies
    • Work to a critical path and ensure all product activities are on schedule
    • Coordinate product launches with cross-functional teams (Trade Marketing, Logistics, E-Commerce, Sales, etc)
    • Lead planning, execution and evaluation of promotions
    • Develop and prepare presentations for meetings with senior management, customers and business partners
    • Ensure profitability of product categories by developing sustainable, competitive pricing strategies

      Why you might like working here:

      • You love autonomy and the accountability for results
      • You like working for a family run company, market leader in the premium domestic appliance.
      • You like working for a company that believes in the aspiration to do - it forever better and to be forever better
      • A competitive compensation package
      • 100% covered Life and long-term disability insurance
      • Wellness discounts on medical premiums
      • 401k with company match
      • Generous Employee Purchase program
      • Wellness and volunteer Programs
      • Engaging Employee Activities

        What does it take for a family run company to become world market leader in the premium domestic appliance and commercial machine segment? - It takes more than offering average products, run-of-the-mill service or short-sighted actions. - It also requires the aspiration to do it forever better and to be forever better. - This stance accounts for a good working environment at Miele and the success of our products.
        Our colleagues can rest assured that those who live up to our standards of quality and professionalism grow personally and professionally. - No matter if they are at entry levels or managers. -
        Miele asks a lot of its employees. - They are expected to develop and manufacture worldwide market premium products that are 'Immer Besser'. - In return, they receive the most valuable thing Miele can give them: that they themselves become 'Immer Besser' - in all of their professional and personal abilities. - -
        'Immer Besser' is therefore an entrepreneurial success principle from which customers and employees benefit in equal measure. - We call this principle 'MAKE IT BETTER. - BE BETTER'. -
        - - -Miele is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports and enforces a drug-free workplace. - EOE/AA:M/F/D/V

Keywords: Miele, Trenton , Culinary Category Manager, Executive , Princeton, New Jersey

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