Senior Associate Product Manager

Oil-Dri Corporation of America, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Req #1302
Friday, May 12, 2023

Job Summary:

Oil-Dri Corporation, the maker of Cat’s Pride® and Jonny Cat® litter, has enjoyed strong, consistent growth.  We invented the first lightweight cat litter, Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light® and have continued to innovate and expand our line of high-performance lightweight products.  Our expertise in sorbent minerals has been leveraged in our rapidly growing Private Label business as well. We are focused on developing innovative, superior quality products as well as growing our existing franchise.  To that end, we need a highly motivated and results-driven Sr. Associate Product Manager who can effectively lead the strategic planning and execution of Branded and Private Label product management activities.


The Sr. Associate Product Manager is responsible for:

  • Strategic planning and execution of Branded and Private Label new product launches, new and existing product package design, pricing and promotions.
  • They will partners with Sales and retail customers and leads the internal cross-functional team to ensure high quality and timely delivery to customers to drive revenue and profit growth. 
  • Manage product and packaging commercialization projects from start to finish, establishing plans and timelines, leading cross-functional team to deliver on time and with quality, leading weekly and pre-production meetings, monitoring progress and performance, and providing updates to Sales team and customers.
  • Manage entire product life cycle including execution of product improvements and claims, SKU rationalization, and end-of-life management working with Procurement and SCOPS to minimize waste and inventory write-offs.
  • Work with design agency to develop impactful package designs and internal cross-functional team to commercialize new packaging and design changes. Attend off-site press approvals for new packaging as needed.
  • Assist manager to develop best practices for product management and provide input to team on how to improve current processes.
  • Communicate and partner with retail customers, Sales, Operations, Procurement, R&D, Customer Service and Logistics to develop and execute strategic plans to support business growth.
  • Coordinate consumer research and product development testing with Operations, R&D, and retail customers as needed.
  • Manage pricing actions, working with manager, Sales, Finance, Procurement and Customer Service to develop, communicate and execute pricing changes.
  • Develop and update of sales materials, including packaging images, product sales samples, sell sheets, and customer presentations.
  • Work with Operations and R&D to develop, set up, modify and publish product and packaging specifications.
  • Work with Sales and Finance to help develop sales forecasts used in planning as needed.
  • Manage the customer complaint process for Private Label products. Assure that root cause to complaints is obtained, addressed and corrective action taken if necessary. Translate customer feedback into tangible opportunities for product improvements. 
  • Coordinate product quality testing with Quality, Operations, R&D, and retail customers and complete necessary paperwork.
  • Review and provide input on inventory to Procurement for ordering packaging materials.
  • Complete and update product specifications as needed.  Publish product specs to Sales as needed. Complete product specifications/information in retailer systems as requested.
  • Manage and coordinate quality audits, social compliance, and samples needed for retail customers with cross-functional team and shepherd through the process from start to finish.  


(Include experience, education, special skills, physical requirements and travel requirements in this section.)

  • 3-5 years brand or product management experience in CPG industry or related retail business environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business discipline
  • Detail-oriented with excellent project management, organizational and multi-tasking
  • skills
  • CPG package design experience and agency management
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Collaborative, team player with positive attitude
  • Strong competency in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Based in Chicago, IL
  • Approximately 5-10% travel

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  • Oil-Dri Corporation of America, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America