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Product Manager

Company: Gast Manufacturing
Location: Youngstown
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Job Description:

If you're looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you've found it. Whether you're an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

POSITION TITLE: Product Manager

REPORTING TO: Business Line Director

LOCATION: Benton Harbor, MI

Who is GAST Manufacturing?

As a business unit of IDEX Corporation, GAST Manufacturing has a long history of being the leader in design and manufacturing of quality air-moving products. We specialize in offering cost effective solutions for a wide variety of industries including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and environmental cleanup applications. We are looking to add more talent to our team.

Scope of Role: As Product Manager, you will act as a leader for your assigned air moving products through all aspects of their life cycle including vision to execution; roadmap definition, business case creation, feature prioritization, and external communication/promotion. In this role, you will be involved with product strategy and execution from beginning to end, working with a cross-functional team that includes sales, marketing, operations, new product development, and engineering.


  • New Product Development
    • Manage all aspects of product lifecycle from strategic planning to tactical activities (feature definition to launch and support)
    • Serve as the expert for products and features you own and drive
    • Analyze market trends, voice-of-customer requirements, and competitive strategy to identify opportunities to increase customer and business value through product differentiation with Market Research Manager
    • Develop business cases for (or against) new products based on markets needs and gaps
    • Oversee product development, defining the product strategy and assist in managing the product road map
    • Ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and according to quality standards
    • Support sales and marketing with the necessary product knowledge and technical expertise
    • Conduct product, sales, and distributor training presentations
    • Develop pricing strategies with the Pricing Manager
    • Support global marketing planning activities, including tradeshows, ads, and online activity selections with the Regional Sales & Marketing teams
    • Current Products
      • Develop portfolio analysis of GAST products versus domestic and foreign competitors
      • Develop transition plans for major product updates such as motor transitions
      • Legacy Products
        • For products being replaced with new products, develop transitions plan to ensure quick conversion which includes support customer test requirements and limit stranded inventory
        • Using product line simplification methodology, continually analyze GAST's current portfolio for opportunities to reduce complexity, improve profitability and exit poor performing models
        • Perform other assignments as directed by the Business Line Director
        • Travel up to 10%

          Measures of Performance

          • New Product Sales, Profitability, productivity, SKU reduction


            • Bachelor's degree in business, manufacturing, engineering discipline, or technical degree
            • 5+ years of Product Management experience required; preferably with a B2B or manufacturing company
            • Experience working with air moving products preferred
            • Solid proficiency with Microsoft Office software - particularly Excel and PowerPoint

              OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:

              • Integrity, trust, and interpersonal savvy
              • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment
              • Excellent communication/presentation skills (written and verbal)
              • Strong analytical skills: ability to assess situations and make sound decisions with incomplete information
              • Ability to manage by influence in a matrix-managed organization
              • Experience working closely with Engineering to ensure appropriate trade-offs during product development are discussed and decided upon, and projects are completed on time
              • Ability to prioritize activities and drive to achieve goals

                GAST Manufacturing, a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

                The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

                Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

                IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Keywords: Gast Manufacturing, Youngstown , Product Manager, Executive , Youngstown, Ohio

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