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Fortinet Business Managerat CDW Careers

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Product & Brand Management
Chicago, Illinois  
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Bring your IT career and talents to CDW, where you can have a greater impact, be inspired by our mission and excited about your career and future. A Fortune 200 leader, we’re the driven professionals and technology experts companies turn to most to solve their IT challenges.

The Category and Brand Management team is the central liaison for one or more partners for working with CDW stakeholders across the organization, including sales, finance, and marketing. The Business Manager is responsible for managing multi-million-dollar programs including VIRs, Coop, marketing spends, and Spiffs. This role serves as the product expert and business manager for the assigned partner and has subject matter expertise on their product, partner, and associated financials.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Engage regularly with assigned partner(s) to maintain an open channel of communication at all times to ensure that all CDW and partner stakeholders are kept up to date on any and all issues, initiatives, projects, meetings, or conferences

  • Provide subject matter expertise and evangelize a partner's product line and associated programs such as Bid Desk programs, VIR, COOP and Category Penetration

  • Analyze complex industry information to identify and execute opportunities and develop and execute strategies to increase sales

  • Develop and articulate competitive positioning and differentiation of brands

  • Develop and drive execution for marketing plans for partner in conjunction with Partner Development and Product Managers that outline target customer segments, products, promotions, pricing, positioning and complete launch plans

  • Identify training opportunities and educate pre-sales and Product Specialists on new product introductions, transitions, competitive advantages, and opportunities to identify sales within their customer base

  • Understand and communicate partner organizational structure with key decision makers and foster strong executive relationships

  • Communicate partners’ financial conditions and market new products related to the assigned partner

  • Manage and maximize overall profitability; managing financial benefits and develop and execute strategies around re-investing funding

  • Mentor and coach junior team members

  • Engage with CDW Procurement to help forecast sales volumes

  • Represent and evangelize the assigned brand in meetings and speak to brand performance, category performance, program/promotion results, and current initiatives

  • Lead the Product specialists in creation and review of content for respective manufacturer ads.

  • Provide comprehensive reporting and analysis, both internally and externally, on brand performance, category performance, industry trends, and market share

  • Host Quarterly Business Reviews (QBRs) to review partner performance and discuss/lead joint initiatives

  • Identify and drive continuous improvement opportunities

  • Obtain and facilitate necessary partner and industry certifications

Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years sales/marketing/project management experience, OR

  • 9 years’ experience in sales/marketing/project management, OR

  • 4 years CDW PPM experience and 5 years’ experience in sales/marketing/project management 

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with all stakeholders

  • Proven ability to engage with executive leadership effectively and strategically

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong business relationships

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

  • Expert financial and business acumen

  • Exceptional strategic agility and analytical skills

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Proven track record of driving results

Who we are:
CDW is a leading technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations across the globe. Our fingerprints can be found on technology in workplaces of more than 250,000 companies; from fresh-faced start-ups to international conglomerates. With the breadth of products and services we offer, there is no request too big or too small. 

What you can expect from us: Culture, coworkers, careers. 
CDW is not only the People Who Get IT but the People who get People. Our relationships are fueled by our deep expertise and grounded in the CDW Way. Our empowering leadership makes things happen and inspires their teams to do the same. From the teammates beside us to the leaders who guide us, we move forward together. At CDW, you’ll work with people who inspire you. People with positive, success-driven attitudes who you will learn from and forge strong relationships with. Bring your best true self—and your best ideas—to CDW. Because diverse perspectives bring forth better problem solving—and better solutions for our customers on a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status

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Date Posted: Jul 10, 2024
Job Category: Other
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