Senior Product Manager – Building Materials

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Senior Product Manager - Building Materials

Montreal, QC


Posted Date: 08/04/2022

Job ID: 9M90190348

Engineering & Technical

If you are a talented and experienced Senior Product Manager, David Aplin Group has the right opportunity for you! Our client has partnered with Gezamin Manuel, Recruitment Consultant to lead their next search. This position can be posted either at the client’s corporate office in Burlington or in Montreal.    

The role of the Senior Product Manager is to own and direct the strategy, product portfolio, and P&L for the siding, vinyl, and metal product categories.  This position will report to both the Senior VP of Sales & Distribution in Canada and indirectly to the U.S. Product Management/Development and Marketing teams. Ownership of product business performance is in a matrixed fashion with the commercial and operational segments.

This role will work daily with the commercial segments and frequently with other functions such as Marketing, Engineering, Finance, and Operations. The successful candidate will be comfortable managing by influence in a matrixed organization

  • Drive categories to achieve/surpass financial goals: The primary financial metrics include net sales revenue dollars, contribution margin dollars, and contribution margin percent
  • Own list pricing: Monitor competitive price position, competitive pricing activity, costs, and margins, working with the commercial, supply chain, and manufacturing organizations to develop and maintain proper pricing and margins
  • Develop and execute a strategic plan that drives market share gain and falls in line with Associated Materials’ overall strategic direction. Develop a 3-year product roadmap as part of the annual planning cycle to evolve the category with new products and the retirement of aging products as appropriate.  Prioritize and build business cases for growth opportunities
  • Understand the competitive landscape: Build relationships with customers and field personnel throughout the entire distribution network (company-operated supply centers, independent distributors, home centers, national homebuilders, etc.)
  • Champion the new product development process for the categories: Evaluate proposed new products requests from the commercial organizations and cost savings opportunities from the engineering and quality organizations
  • Work with the marketing team to develop marketing programs, literature, and other sales aids to drive growth and/or margin expansion
  • Participate in the forecasting process for financial forecasting and inventory planning


  • A strong experience set and sense of the market, competition, and products and services within the building products industry
  • The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in business (an MBA or other appropriate advanced degree is beneficial) and a strong track record of driving sustained, profitable growth in product or category management and/or P&L roles
  • The ideal candidate will have broad experience within the building products industry and/or industrial distribution industry.  Experience with a building products manufacturer or another consumer durable is desirable
  • Strong track record of sales and profit growth in a manufacturing organization
  • Strong business acumen; P&L focus
  • Experience with an organized new product development process
  • Bilingual (French/English) preferred
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Comfortable managing by influence in a matrixed organization
  • Uses data to drive decision making
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking
  • Strong computer skills to allow for proficient use of data to drive decision making
  • Adept in MS Office applications (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Job ID: 9M90190348


If you are interested in this position and meet the qualifications, apply today! We thank all applicants; however, only those who are authorized to work in Canada or are selected for an interview will be contacted. 


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