KIK Custom Products

  • Sr. Product Manager- Prestone

    Job Location US-IL-Rosemont
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/27/2018 2:18 PM)
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  • Overview

    As one of North America’s largest independent manufacturers of consumer packaged goods (“CPG”), KIK helps a large portfolio of brands and retailers bring their products to life. With leading positions in the multibillion dollar household and personal care (“HPC”), over-the-counter (“OTC”), pool additives and automotive aftermarket categories, we serve over 100 CPG companies and several major North American HPC and automotive aftermarket retailers, including many of the leading players in their respective categories. We have full-service capabilities covering end-to-end contract manufacturing, including project management, innovation and R&D, sourcing and procurement, blending and compounding, filling and packaging, supply chain and distribution, and quality control. Our manufacturing model is highly flexible and we consistently add value to our customers by leveraging our range of services and expertise.

    KIK has over 5,000 employees and operates 19 manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout North America and over $1 billion in sales; KCP (operating as KIK Custom Products) is one of North America's largest custom manufacturers of both National Brand and Retailer Brand consumer products. KCP's product lines include Laundry, Household Cleaners, OTC Medicated, Pharmaceutical and Health & Beauty Care, all supported by KCP's in-house technical expertise and value-added services.

    KIK Consumer Brands – Automotive Division

    Our Automotive business is comprised of the Prestone® and Holts® businesses. We develop, manufacture and market antifreeze/coolant and other automotive functional fluids and car appearance products in North America and key international markets. Prestone® is the number one branded consumer choice for antifreeze/coolant in North America. Other brands in our Automotive Care business include Holts®, Redex® and Simoniz® (outside North America).

    Essential Job Functions

    Innovation Strategy

    • Sets Prestone brand innovation strategy, balance of sustaining and breakthrough innovation, new categories, and new market spaces
    • Assesses role of innovation across Prestone product segments
    • Evaluates new/adjacent categories and new market spaces for growth 


    Innovation and Product Lifecycle Management.

    • Creates a robust, continuous pipeline of new products, and core product news/claims, across Prestone products. Creates a “funnel” pipeline, and not a “tunnel” by stopping less viable products at the appropriate stage
    • Defines the series of steps, critical tasks and market information needed to take an “idea” from early concept to a fully executed product offering following a stage-gate process. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Setting direction for product positioning, launch timing, packaging, pricing, distribution, formula specifications, launch needs, etc.
    • Work directly with agencies to perform pre-launch research and testing to validate ideas and identify post-launch research
    • Work with PMO team to create, lead and manage product launch timelines and manage team meetings to ensure critical milestones are being met
    • Manages total innovation financial targets and by project, meeting key metrics/ROI
    • Sets and tracks new product success metrics
    • Works directly with Sales & Marketing teams to influence the development and launch support materials
    • Works directly with Sales to co-create new products with retailers, develop plans to assist Account Managers in selling new products into new categories
    • Manages the overall product lifecycle of Prestone product lines:
    • Maintains a strong understanding of industry and competitors, and category drivers, and searches for new opportunities found in trends that drive marketplace behavior
    • Accountable for assessing Prestone product health, product fit to brand strategy, and recommends changes to product lines. Leads SKU rationalization process with cross-functional leads, setting targets and leading SKU identification and execution
    • Assesses structural packaging across the product lines and works with the brand team and operations to maximize branding/shelf presence while minimizing cost.       Ensures active productivity pipeline on key product lines

    Collaboration, Impact & Influence

    • Works with senior company leadership to align Prestone innovation strategies, new product pipeline, and plans
    • Establishes a strong rapport and influences R&D, Marketing and Sales teams, Operations, Customer Service, Business Development, and other key cross-functional teams  


    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in marketing or related field. MBA strongly preferred.

    • Seven plus years of Brand Management or Product Development experience, including a minimum of 3 years that includes experience developing and launching new products, preferably in the automotive aftercare market, motor sports products, marine products or any chemical/lubrication company.
    • Demonstrated track record in identifying and launching successful new products. Demonstrated progressive career growth
    • 5-10 years of experience leading in a cross-functional, team environment, and in working collaboratively with research and development technical teams
    • Prior P&L accountability and/or demonstrated capability in understanding P&L metrics and drivers.   
    • Ability to be both strategic and “big picture”, yet also be detail and process-oriented. Comfortable with ambiguity
    • Strong entrepreneurial aptitude and solution-focused. A strong sense of urgency and ability to manage numerous projects at one time
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • Competent using MS Office, including Microsoft Project
    • Approximately 10% of travel required


    A Career with KIK Offers:


    KIK offers very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including health, wellness, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. You can plan for your future with KIK's retirement savings options including employer match. KIK also recognizes the importance of continuing education and offers Education Assistance to our employees to encourage continued personal development and growth.


    Thank you for your interest and consideration of a position with KIK Custom Products.


    KIK is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, age, religion, sex, or national origin.



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