Westcon Group US Product Manager, Unified Communications - VN3822 in Chicago, Illinois

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Product Manager, Unified CommunicationsDowners Grove, IL 60515Position Description:Vendor business development and relationship management for leading vendor distribution partnerships for Westcon. Act as the primary subject matter expert (SME) on assigned vendor partnerships by understanding and being the key representative on the vendor's technologies, products and solutions. Be the go to within the Westcon organization on the vendors channel strategy, programs, promotions and reseller requirements. This position will author business plans to drive sales of assigned vendors and engage with vendor and sales team to develop and execute growth programs to achieve sales targets as well as identify the marketing activities required for achieving all sales goals.Responsibilities and Duties:Vendor and Customer Relations* Establish strong, productive vendor relations* Identify new customer targets and execute a strategy to acquire and develop them* Works within customer accounts to position product line* Author 6 - 12 month sales plan with key objectives and goals* Manage vendor financial performance through:* Active customer base and trending* Vendor rebates and MBOs* Pipeline and forecast management* Build visibility with vendors and customers to create a competitive distribution advantage for Westcon products* Influence vendor and reseller to specify your offerings* Build relationships, territory plan and be a conduit for issue resolution with Vendor Sales Partnerships with Channel/CAM/TAM Business Management* Develop quarterly plans for achieving market growth and incremental sales* Refine growth plans on an ongoing basis as new opportunities come into play* Identify ways to build margin by means of services, rebate management, solution bundlingMarketing * Co-op/MDF Budget Management* Work with marketing to develop and execute programs for demand creation and sales development * Present vendor marketing programs and objectives to sales force* Develop strategy to build vendor channel awareness and communication plans both internally and externally* Obtain vendor funding for marketing events and programs* Identify in-demand products within assigned product line and develop effective marketing to build awareness and sales volume* Cross market complementary solutions into appropriate vertical segmentsSales Support* Support sales department with pre-sales and positioning of your vendors product, technology and services* Work with sales groups to forecast sales activity* Research potential resellers for new resale opportunities* Coordinate with vendor sales representatives to bring in new business* Assist the sales team with information connecting assigned products with other offerings* Position Westcon as the premier partner for both the vendor and reseller* Develop product presentations for the sales forceKnowledge* Technology:* Excellent knowledge of products in assigned portfolio* Good knowledge of IT/Telecom industry* Ability to use standard software: MS Office Applications* Finance* Budgeting and Forecasting* Business Trending and Financial Reporting* Business/Marketing:* General understanding of marketing including product demonstrations* Understand the market and competitive landscape* Strong business development skillsRequired Qualifications: (e.g., education, skills, abilities, knowledge)* A team player that collaborates with others to exceed established goals* 3 - 5 years sales and marketing experience* Kno ledge of Unified Communications solutions and market a plus * Great communication skills* Aptitude for learning additional product knowledge * BS/BA or equivalent experienceWestconGroup, Inc. is a value added Information Technology distributor of category-leading unified communications & collaboration technology, network infrastructure, data center, data/telecom and IT/Data & Network security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. The company goes to market under the Comstor and Westcon brands. WestconGroup's teams are located in 70+ countries around the globe, create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. WestconGroup's portfolio of market- leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Polycom, Check Point, F5, Palo Alto and Blue Coat, among others. Our employees are as important as our customers and we take pride in recognizing their outstanding talents and efforts. Visit our website at www.westcongroup.com for more information or to apply on our Career Page. All qualified applicants will receive consideration f