live chat
Product Specialist Job in Powell, Ohio US

Product Specialist

Univar USA Inc. - Powell, OH

Posted: 10/29/2019 - Expires: 1/27/2020

Job ID: 213305537

Job Description

Want to work for a company that is reimagining distribution?  Join Univar Solutions, the premier global distributor of chemicals and ingredients.  Our goal is to function as a direct extension of our customers' teams; to serve as an ally in their quest of business success.

At Univar Solutions, we're building on our more than 90 years of experience  and drawing on deep resources - inventory and logistics experts, scientists, PhDs, procurement, customer service, sales and marketers-to deliver consultative services and an unmatched portfolio to solve customers' formulation and operational challenges.  When you work for Univar Solutions, you'll play an important role in shaping how we deliver more than chemical and ingredients.

In this role as Product Specialist in Univar Solutions Surfactants and Chelants business you will be responsible for the day to day management of a portfolio of products.  This position plays a key in executing the various business strategies created by the Product Marketing Managers.  Product Specialists are responsible for coordinating activities across functions to benefit the product line, maximize profitability through sales price/cost management, and support the development of supplier relationships through proactive communication.

Major responsibilities include:

Maintain daily business operations of product line:
Provide direction as needed to sales, purchasing, customer service, operations, and network planning in support of daily business decisions
Complete new product set-up in support of product launches
Maintain knowledge of and communicate all necessary product information to the organization in a timely manner
Serve as acting product manager when Product Line Manager is out of the office

Price and Cost Administration:

Negotiate exception-based cost or pricing with supplier
Execute and communicate price strategy to the sales team as directed by the Product Line Managers
Primary contact for all pricing questions or issues from sales organization

Supplier relationship:

Maintain close supplier relationships with frequent, proactive, and professional communication to supplier representatives
Develop or maintain supplier reports as directed by the Product Line Manager
Participate in periodic supplier meetings

Position Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or scientific discipline from an accredited university At least 3-5 of years sales or purchasing experience in chemicals or related industry
Experience coordinating across many functions togain alignment and influence execution
Able to manage multiple projects with high levels of detail at once
Projects a professional and positive image both inside and outside of the company
The role requires proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.  SAP Business Warehouse and experience preferred but not required.
Must be able to travel as needed however minimal travel is required in this role; ~15% of time
Must be authorized to work in the United States


Excellent verbal and communication skills
Ability to establish strong working relationships and influence action
Drive continuous improvement in business processes
Demonstrated negotiation skills and strong business acumen
Strong organizational, time management skills, and ability to prioritize
Data and analytic driven decision making

Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.

We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous PTO and much more.

Univar is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All aspects of consideration for employment and employment with the Company are governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Federal Contractor
Skill Based Partner:
Education Level:
Bachelor's degree
Work Days:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Job Reference Code
Licenses / Certifications:
Display Recommended WorkKeys®Recommended WorkKeys®: