Deputy Product Manager

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
January 12, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 06749

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Deputy Product Manager

Job Summary


  • Support the Product Manager with the definition, articulation and implementation of a mineral /product strategy (Product Roadmap) to align capacities with organic growth ambition and challenges and optimize profit pool by conducting strategic analysis, leading specific projects, and developing / implementing recommendations

  • Aside the Product Manager, be a mineral ambassador to ensure mineral growth across markets, applications and geographies

  • Perimeter: specific mineral portfolio for the Business Area Performance Minerals EMEA


Short term operational business (30%) 

  • Support implementation of a pricing strategy covering the current inflation situation. (product price impact).

  • Conduct profitability analysis to support Request For Quotation (RFQ) and build the appropriates tools to follow up product profitability

  • Facilitate information sharing between Business Functions (Industry, Market Segments [Sales], Business Planning & Supply Chain etc...) within the Business Area;

Long term Mineral vision (70%):

  • Conduct strategic analyses in line with the Product roadmap objectives:

  • Elaborate Business case or contribute with Market Business development incl. New Business Opportunity assessment, CAPEX study, Rationalization plan, Pricing guidelines,etc

  • Issue recommendations and become stakeholder of the decision-making process

  • Sustain the New Business Opportunity pipeline and update the 5 year plan for the Minerals in relation with the Product Manager

  • Lead or assist cross-functional projects, from end to end, related to the Product, incl. Product portfolio management, Product branding, Product Specifications, Product tweaks, Product industrialization and Product compliance;

  • Identify and take actions aiming at optimising the mine and plant balance 

  • Develop Business continuity plan ahead of supply issues, incl. validation of substitutable products

  • Contribute to depict the competitive landscape for the mineral by collecting insights all through the organization and external resources;

  • For all topics 

  • Source, analyze, challenge  information inside and outside our organization, select and provide recommendation 

  • Develop Internal consensus and buy-in on topics

  • Prepare & present to senior management for decision making


  • Conduct strategic analysis and issue recommendations

  • Lead the implementation of some projects 

  • Support Product knowledge management


  • Reporting to: Product Manager

  • Main external stakeholders: Product Manager, Marketing, Sales, Industry, S&T, Finance, Business development.

  • Location: Paris preferred, other relevant Performance Minerals EMEA office


Key competencies

  • Strategic mindset, hands-on, result-oriented, 

  • Strong Project management skills and self-starter

  • Strong analytical skills, ability to craft and present Business cases 

  • Strong Technical skills (ie: Google Sheet) & financial knowledge to build the profitability tools.

  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to positively influence teams without direct reporting lines

  • Fluent in English, any additional language is a plus

Ideal background/ experience

  • Engineering / Business School / College degree or equivalent experience  

  • 3-7  years experience in Strategy/Marketing/Product management/Industry/S&T, ideally in relevant industry

  • A knowledge of the mineral industry is a strong plus


Position Type

Full time



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