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Date Posted: 9/1/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Belmont, NC
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  • Experience:
    At least 2 year(s)
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Job Description

The Opportunity: 

Vallen’s Associate Product Manager is a co-contributor role responsible for developing the strategic direction of a product group to compliment the company’s overall goals and marketing strategies.  They work with the Product Manager (PM) to formulate, propose, and implement both strategic and tactical work plans.  They are held to performance objectives in product sales, gross margin, growth in market share, and overall profitability of assigned product line, groups, and/or markets.  Associate Product Managers assist the PM to develop and manage various metrics to analyze and rank vendors within their respective product category.

About Vallen

Vallen is an industry leader in delivering flexible supply chain solutions and services along with a comprehensive range of maintenance, repair, operating, production, safety and electrical products to meet the growing supply needs of customers in facilities across North America and around the world. Vallen is headquartered in Belmont, NC and is a subsidiary of Sonepar USA, part of the global Sonepar family.

Working at Vallen

At Vallen, we are committed to the success of our customers and our co-workers and do what it takes to get the job done right. We work diligently to improve and drive results that create value. We’re hands-on, responsive and team-oriented. We apply our insights, experience and relationships to find the best solution to every challenge. We hold ourselves to be personally accountable to do what we say we will do.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Collaborate with the PM on all of the following,                

  • Develop and implement strategic market plans and successful sales strategies, processes and tactics for respective product categories. Formulate and implement tactical work plans for sales and gross margin growth.
  • Determine profit strategies that lead to the attainment of assigned financial goals and objectives.
  • Develop and analyze Vendor metrics, e.g., operational performance, field support, gross margin, ROI, etc., and make recommendations for vendor changes necessary to achieve metric targets and/or to improve overall strategy for desired mix and financial results.
  • Actively participate and contribute to the Regional Management and Area Management business planning process to ensure alignment with product strategies.
  • Partner with Sales and Purchasing leadership to develop and maintain positive supplier relationships.
  • Craft, deliver and ensure clear and accurate communication to field sales, operations, and other support teams regarding product strategies, initiatives, issues, etc.; ensure timely and coordinated communication and teamwork with all vested parties.
  • Partner with Customer Service to ensure adequate inventory is available to support product strategies.
  • Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for self and/or applicable team.
  • Provide training to Product Specialists.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Qualifications & Benefits: 

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, e.g., Marketing, Business, etc. coupled with 2+ years relevant work experience.  Relevant work experience includes: 

  • Experience in sales, purchasing, and/or pricing role.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and usage of Business Intelligence data analytics.
  • Demonstrated team building and successful collaboration skills; strong co-worker relationships.
  • Proficient use with various Microsoft Office products. MS-Word, MS-Access, and MS-Excel required, MS-Sharepoint, preferred
  • Must be a self-starter, work independently, and have demonstrated effective time management, project planning, goal setting, organizational and execution skills

401K Plan, Health Insurance (medical, dental, and vision), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick, Paid Personal, Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care), Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Discounts and a definitive career path.

EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran

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