Product Manager, Automotive Replacement

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Top Skills: Digital marketing Listening Market positioning Metrics definition Negotiation Relationship building Stakeholder alignment User journey and personas Writing and presentation
Suggested skill score: 290

Skills Breakdown

Are you inspired by challenging the status quo? Do you thrive in collaborative environments that drive results? If so, Gates could be for you.

Gates is a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions. We push the boundaries of material science to engineer solutions that continually exceed customer expectations.

Let’s simplify it, think belts and hoses. Found in motorcycles, conveyor belts, cars, tractors, blenders, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, & 3D printers just to name a few. Because why not do it all?

What To Expect

This role is responsible for directing the marketing activity and product management of assigned product lines (power transmission products, metal and some rubber) within the automotive aftermarket. Works independently, coordinating activities with divisional engineering, product development, marketing communications, and product data services teams to ensure enterprise goals are met. If you are looking for an opportunity with a growing and dynamic company, Gates has an opportunity for a Product Manager based in our Denver, CO office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for product marketing programs including: creating sales programs and promotions, identifying and launching new products, maintaining existing product lines, catalogs, pricing, and support material for Gates engine hose, fuel hose, water hose, air hose, modular hose, SCR hose and turbo hose product lines.
  • Creates and implements strategy and tactics to grow sales, market share and profit of assigned product lines to meet or exceed enterprise objectives.
  • Researches and identifies new growth opportunities, including new products and new technology that can support Gates sales and profit goals in the future.
  • Analyzes, interprets, reports and builds marketing plans for assigned product lines based on regional customer, market, and economic trends, competitive activity, market share and customer satisfaction data.
  • Leads cross-functional teams as required to implement continuous improvement programs.
  • Meets overall sales budgets for assigned product lines and assures service levels meets divisional goals.
  • Direct Gates business unit engineering and test resources to align development activity with divisional goals.

About You

  • 5 years of progressive product management experience. Engine and fuel hose experience also desired.
  • BA/BS in business or engineering or equivalent experience (at least progressively responsible positions demonstrating ability to handle the assignment)
  • Applies high-level, strategic expertise in broad and highly complex functional area or across several operating areas
  • Proactively integrates new business concepts and technology into the way business is done
  • Recognizes emerging trends and creates opportunities for learning and development for self and others
  • Identifies strategic and tactical implications of business directions and initiatives
  • Assures that customer needs are addressed and managed in a manner aligned with Gates’ objectives and strategies
  • Participates in strategic business planning efforts and translates those plans into challenging, but achievable, functional business goals.
  • Provides broad direction, delegates accountability, and proactively provides the support and resources needed to achieve goals
  • Empowers and holds others accountable for doing whatever they can to achieve results.
  • Uses solid return-on-investment rationale in allocating resources
  • Challenges current practices and leads the development of new strategies that have a significant impact on a major function or operating area.
  • Encourages ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, and champions significant change initiatives.
  • Creates and models an environment of open communications, trust, respect, and fairness.
  • Applies Gates’ values in developing business strategies and plans, and in evaluating the work, plans, and strategies of others.
  • Takes a broad perspective in making commitments; considers short and long-term impacts and key internal and external influences.
  • Develops effective relationships at all levels of the organization and industry.
  • Creates an environment that values, rewards, and supports teamwork.
  • Mobilizes the interest and commitment of others through persuasive communication.
  • Develops extensive network to remain informed on goals, strategies, and business direction.
  • Advocates, negotiates, and lobbies on behalf of complex or sensitive issues.

Pay & Benefits

  • Full-Time
  • Bonus Eligible
  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance and other voluntary benefit options: benefits begin on the first day of the month immediately following your date of hire
  • Eligible for 3 weeks of paid vacation + 11 holidays (9 scheduled & 2 floating) + 8 sick days. All vacation days are accrued
  • 401(k): 3% company contribution and additional 3% company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement


Founded in 1911 in Denver, Colorado, Gates is publicly traded on the NYSE. While we might operate in a vast amount of time zones we operate as ‘One Gates’ and have a common goal of pushing the boundaries of materials science. We invest in our people, bringing real-world experience that enables us to solve our customers’ diverse challenges of today and anticipate those of tomorrow.

While we expect the best, we also want to give you the best. That’s why at Gates we provide an environment where people can succeed from our policy of ‘Dress for your Day’ (yes – that means you can wear jeans), health club reimbursement, to your ownership of your work/life balance and more. Visit to learn more.


At Gates, we believe that we are better together. Proximity has been important to our success over the years as there are critical items that are simply better when done together. One of those critical items is efficient collaboration. We cannot underestimate the power of informal conversations and connecting face-to-face with our coworkers.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands and fingers to work with objects, tools, or controls; and use office equipment including computers, telephones, and/or copiers/scanners. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Gates is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other consideration defined by law.

For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in Colorado, Gates is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. This compensation range is specific to the State of Colorado and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to the candidate’s relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role.

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