Race Winning Brands (RWB) is an accumulation of independent businesses, each with market leading brand recognition that sells primarily pistons, and other engine related components into the Automotive and Powersports markets (high-performance racing, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, etc.). The companies are market leaders in manufacturing highly engineered engine components in their respected fields.
This position is responsible for managing the development of our Rekluse brands. This position works alongside the R&D and Engineering teams and has responsibility of the brands product formulations for the new product pipeline and for existing products. Ultimately, this position will also be responsible for working with Sales to create and meet the overall Business Plan for the brand. The scope of this role includes oversight of raw material requirements, costing, product prototyping, manufacturing pilots, sensory, and all details related to these skills and capabilities. This role will have high visibility within the organization and be a strategic partner in executing the company’s vision.
What you’ll do:
Lead the product development process for our brands as you execute projects in the pipeline for 2022 and beyond.
Work alongside the product development team as they support the 3-year innovation pipelines.
Develop 7-10 year product development innovation strategy, in collaboration and consultation with Head of R&D, and Head of Category Management.
Responsible for maintaining an innovation culture to ensure an entrepreneurial & disruptive approach to innovation.
Drive continuous improvement of the new product development process (agile/scrum methodology).
Responsible for training and for building career plans that will enable the team to continue growing professionally.
Evaluate resource capacity & anticipate future needs to drive product innovation, and execute product improvement & productivity initiatives, in close collaboration with head of R&D.
Work closely with Supply Chain and Quality team to ensure new products are delivered on-time and to specification.
Ensure that all essential tasks and responsibilities for new formulations, product change requests, pilot production, and trial product production to support the pipeline, international businesses and strategic accounts are done in accordance with internal requirements and in close collaboration with cross-functional colleagues.
Strive to continuously improve communication with cross functional team.
Work with Sales Team & Customers to ensure products are understood and sold for their benefits, not just explain the features.
You’ll love this job if you’re:
A strong communicator and collaborator and work effectively with all members of the organization, from individual contributors to top executives.
Highly analytical and strategic. Your problem solving skills are unparalleled.
You always maintain a professional disposition — even (and especially) under pressure
You are a futuristic leader.
You are always on top of the latest industry news and innovations.
Enjoy translating strategy to tactical execution.
Enjoy solving complex problems.
A Powersports Enthusiast.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing or Related Field.
Engineering experience is a plus.
5 plus years industry experience.
A minimum of 7 years of experience in Product Management.
Must be able to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
About Race Winning Brands
Race Winning Brands (RWB) is the leading manufacturer of racing and high-performance parts sold to automotive and powersports markets. RWB is the preferred source for high-end pistons, engine blocks, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, connecting rods, crankshafts, clutches and other engine and driveline- related performance components. RWB markets its products through multiple prominent brands including JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Rekluse Motor Sports, MGP Connecting Rods, ProX Racing Parts, and Dart Machinery. RWB sells to a diverse and unmatched customer base of professional and sportsman racers, engine builders, enthusiasts, OEMs, automotive and powersports dealers and wholesale distributors. RWB is headquartered in Mentor, Ohio with sales offices and manufacturing operations in strategic locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.