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Product Manager (Commercial Vehicles) - Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Job Type
2 Sep 2022

Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) are a leading distributor of passenger and commercial vehicle parts to the independent automotive aftermarket. We operate in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, and Netherlands.

We are a subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC) and the home of NAPA racing UK, competing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

With combine turnover of over 15 billion and over 230 locations within the UK and growing, our network supplies light and commercial vehicle parts to over 36,000 independent garages, fast fit centres, and transport operators throughout the UK.

Purpose of the Job

Working within a dynamic commercial department, your role forms an essential link in the supply chain. You will take full ownership in managing your product portfolio and building strong supplier relationships.

New Product Development will be integral to the success of your product portfolio.

Key responsibilities and duties - daily tasks will include but not be limited to:


  • Cradle to grave product lifecycle management
  • Launch and maintenance of product ranges
  • Range profiling across the FPS branch network and National Distribution Centre
  • Business systems are kept functional and maintained
  • Optimise stock performance
  • Marketing and Campaign planning for your product portfolio leading to sales support
  • Day to day management of supplier relationships
  • Day to day support of branch network
  • Maintain and develop product catalogue
  • Technical drawing product sign off
  • Assisting in supplier contract negotiations

Operational management

  • Regularly undertake product and supplier reviews and present Management proposals for appropriate steps to maximise performance of stock, sales and profit margin.
  • Develop and enhance relationships with suppliers and ensure they understand and meet our requirements
  • Price benchmarking against the market to validate our programs market competitiveness
  • Management of product part number cross reference and alternatives database ensuring minimum of 95% coverage across the category
  • To understand the needs of the customer and develop the product range through effective NPI to meet those needs
  • Be in a position to advise sales how best to sell the products within your portfolio
  • Analysis of warranty date and provide suppliers with direction on improvements to the speed of resolving claims, technical information on failures and other opportunities for improvements
  • Proposals for catalogue and online trading developments
  • Accurate maintenance of electronic trading systems - K8, AX, F:Drive and MAM
  • Manage electronic catalogues to ensure they hold all supporting information such as images, technical information, bulletins
  • Manage the suppliers in order to continually improve stock availability and maximise stock turn. Regular review meetings with NDC supply chain on product flow, availability, packaging, warranty issues and stock cleanses
  • Collect and analyse all data which measure product performance and take agreed action that ensure maximisation of sales and profit

Other result areas

  • Be the first point of contact with suppliers
  • Deliver all projects within the business plan
  • Achieve Sales and Profit Budget
  • Deliver Marketing and Campaigns plans

Internal Relations

  • Inventory & Planning
  • Marketing Services Team
  • Vehicle Data Team
  • Pricing Department
  • Regional field sales team
  • RDC Managers
  • Sheffield - National Distribution Centre
  • AAG Subsidiaries

We are looking for someone with Strong work ethic - self-starter able to demonstrate strong proactive approach and self- initiative; great level of commitment and dedication to meet and deadlines with high-quality results. A positive, can-do attitude is necessary.

You will be working as part of a team, alongside other product managers and product manager assistants. We will provide the successful candidate all the training and support needed in order to fulfil their potential and develop their skills further.

Benefits and other information:

  • Competitive salary and annual leave entitlement
  • Pension Contribution
  • Structured career path and bespoke training
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts and cashback from 1000s of high street stores and grocers
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  • Job Reference: 702861103-2
  • Date Posted: 2 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Alliance Automotive Group UK
    Alliance Automotive Group UK
  • Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Sales & Marketing
  • Job Type: Permanent