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Product Specialist

Company: Batory Foods Inc
Location: Des Plaines
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description: Product SpecialistThe Product Specialist is tasked with learning and understanding all products managed within the group. The incumbent assists Product Manager(s) with the daily management and administration of the assigned lines within the group. The Product Specialist will have thorough knowledge of the products and vendors under the responsibility of the group and will be a key contact point for the sales force and customer service team. The Product Specialist will need to develop a basic understanding of the commodity and specialized markets and pricing platforms unique to this group. This position requires an "extra mile" mentality and ownership from the individual.This position will be based in Rosemont, IL and will report to Director-Sweeteners.Key Responsibilities:* Assist with the effective management of all lines assigned to the Group by working closely with Product Management (PM), key vendors, and various internal customers.* Learn product characteristics, functionality and uses of assigned products and obtain an understanding of how markets price products.* Item Cost Detail Report: regular review with PM any items that need costing updates for visibility to Sales in D365.* Assist PM in developing market and sales strategies for product lines and work directly with Sales to educate and support product line sales growth.* Assist PM with product marketing campaigns including development and maintenance of Product Manager's market page and route lead specifics to sales. * Develop a working knowledge of the products assigned to the Group.* Train with the assigned PM's, attend industry and vendor sponsored training along with industry conferences approved by the Management Team.* Become fluent in differing product line cost models and develop an understanding of product line margin structures with ability to quote the Sales Team as needed.* Assist PM as required with sales training and customer presentations.* Assist PM with collecting data, identifying current market trends and share knowledge with sales.* Work with Sourcing Product Manager and Procurement Coordinators concerning vendor and customer contract development, tracking and execution.* Understand the Supply Planning Group's input into product contracting.* Develop a vendor contract tracking and reporting process and continually update.* Track customer contracts as they become available. Develop a review and reporting process that aligns customer and vendor contracts.* Provide insight/input on Vendor conflicts, contract shortages, slow customer pulls, etc. * Assume primary responsibility for feedback on samples of items managed by the Group.* Work with Batory samples administrator when vendor samples are needed.* Via CRM, manage a sample report for the group including follow up with sales coordinators on obtaining feedback.* Develop a strong working knowledge of Batory's ERP system to include functions related to both Product Management and Procurement Coordinators.* Be a subject matter expert in current and future ERP systems, leveraging the knowledge to support team information and reporting requests.* Update and provide Sales Analysis and Item Sales History reports as needed* Actively review supply chains to identify improvements in inefficiencies including but not limited to transportation, warehousing, documentation and packaging* Evaluate incoming orders to ensure for accuracy and timeframe* Evaluate and analyze title transfers for accuracy and timeframe* Assist in setting up product returns through communication with the vendor and working with the Procurement Coordinators to ensure return is properly processed for credit.* Manage the Dormant & Aged/Expiring Report with the PM and coordinate communication with Inventory Planning and/or Sales for an action plan and resolution.* When required, request Shelf Life Extensions from Vendors.* Submit New Vendor Creation Form for those who have been properly vetted* Work with PM to validate and onboard new Vendors* Liaison with Batory Risk and Credit Analysis to ensure proper documents and protocols are secured and followed* Travel as needed with Product Managers to vendor meetings, customer calls, conferences, tradeshows, etc. Personal Qualifications:* Promotes trust in all actions with high integrity and honesty.* Supports an environment that encourages professionalism, teamwork and collaboration both internally and externally.* Is an energetic, self-starter able to work independently when necessary with minimal oversight.* Detail-oriented with excellent project and time management skills. Must be able to prioritize and operate in a constantly changing environment.* Must be proficient with basic software applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) as well as business ERP systems.Education and Formal Training:* A Bachelor's degree with a focus in finance, economics or supply chain, or an equivalent combination of work experience and education.* Three years progressive work experience in a business environment. Some experience in food ingredients or food manufacturing is preferred but not required.* Experience in a product management or purchasing environment with exposure to sales, vendors, logistics and customer service.Batory Foods in an equal opportunity employer which considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. In addition, Batory Foods also provides "reasonable accommodations" to qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americanswith Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify us immediately.

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