Associate Product Manager

US-IL-Lake Zurich
# Positions
ACCO Brands

Position Summary

If you have touched a Five Star® notebook, a Swingline® stapler, a Quartet® dry erase board, a Kensington® computer mouse or a simple box of ACCO paper clips, you have touched part of ACCO Brands Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions.  We have great brands that people in a 100 countries all over the world use to stay organized, such as:


AT-A-GLANCE®   Day-Timer®   Five Star®   GBC®   Kensington® Mead®   Quartet®   Swingline®   Wilson Jones® & others


We need great talent at ACCO Brands, and value different talents, aspirations and views to create a highly motivated, action-oriented atmosphere. Our winning team shares the ACCO Brands Vision of being a company that Achieves, Creates, Collaborates, and Organizes. We have a dynamic and healthy culture that is shaped by leaders and lived by employees at all levels.


ACCO Brands is seeking an Associate Product Manager for our U.S. Marketing Team. This position is located in our corporate headquarters in Lake Zurich, IL.


This position collaborates with many functional areas, with a focus on product management responsibilities. Motivated individuals will have the opportunity to grow and advance within the marketing organization.  The ideal candidate should have an interest in a career in product, brand, or sales.  In this role, the Associate Product Manager will work with the Marketing Managers who have full US P&L responsibility for their portfolio of business, as well as own critical projects in the category.  


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall ownership of three year product portfolio strategy, with accountability for specific categories
  • Conduct financial analysis of product portfolio to support customer programs and product mix management
  • Execute plans within committed resources in conjunction with management direction
  • Collaborate with Channel Marketing Management to frame strategy and deliver new product development in conjunction with the new product development process
  • Lead cross-functional teams on specific project assignments (i.e. new products, packaging, cost savings, inventory management, and go to market programs). 
  • Participate in product/category customer presentations along with sales team as needed
  • Mine industry and user data for new insights for the business, products and market(s)
  • Assess competition/threats and recommend plan of action
  • Assist in the development of annual objectives, programs and projects, which will improve the annual results
  • Assist in annual product life cycle planning

Position Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree required, MBA preferred
  • 1+ years of experience in product, brand, channel, sales or project management
  • Experience from a consumer products company is preferred
  • Can-do mindset; the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with individuals across all organizational levels
  • Ability to effectively communicate, present, and persuade across a team and executive management
  • Ideal candidate must have the ability to work cross functionally within a matrix organization; influencing decisions and driving the business
  • Strong financial analysis and project management skills
  • Must possess good business instincts, problem solving and decision making capability
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) skills required
  • Ability to travel 25% is required
  • Local candidates only

Equal Opportunity Employer

ACCO Brands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The Company provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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