Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Director of Product Merchandising


Our client, a leading manufacturer of construction materials is seeking a Director of

Product Merchandising.

As part of the Merchandising Organization, Product Merchandising is responsible for

setting strategic product direction of construction materials, establishing and maintaining

product requirements and ensuring successful realization of product strategy across all


In this role, the individual will collaborate with talented teams from Sales, Logistics,

Purchasing, Sourcing and Product Management. New initiatives will focus on marketing

projects and advertising campaigns for new and existing construction materials

products. This is a great opportunity to define, manage and launch new products within

a disciplined product organization.


Research the latest construction material trends and how they impact product direction

Gather input and requirements from the market and customers to further create a

strategic direction

Identify product opportunities

Define product scope, goals and deliverables

Be the leader in product/technology roadmaps

Job qualifications:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required; Supply Chain Management or related field (i.e.,


10+ years of increasing responsibility in International sourcing along with cost


Experience with global sourcing of construction materials.

Experience in identifying target customers, overseeing market testing and product

introduction within the construction or related industry is a plus

Background using MRP, JIT and TQM process

Experience in warehouse management software and SAP (or similar ERP system)

Experience in gathering market intelligence a plus.

International experience is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Experience investigating construction industry trends.

• Strong interpersonal skills – able to motivate and drive others without direct authority

over those departments.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to

communicate often complex ideas or solutions to a diverse audience.

• Ability to develop market and sales projections.

• Flexible team-player with the desire to ensure customer and company success in a

fast-paced, performance oriented environment.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel) and Project

Management tools required.

• Experience with domestic cost containment initiatives preferred.

• This position requires International travel, to customer and non-customer sites.

Please send resume to

Ann E. Zaslow-Rethaber


International Search Consultants

Phone: 888-866-7276

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