Volkswagen: VW Product Marketing Pricing Analyst

Job Title: VW Product Marketing Pricing Analyst
Job Type: Permanent
Location - Town / City: Sandton
Type of Position: Based in Sandton and reporting to the VW Product Marketing Manager, this is a permanent, STAFF level position.

Job Description and Responsibilities:
The position entails:
- Performing detailed analyses of the VW Product offering versus that of competitors to identify areas of opportunity
- Researching competitor offerings and pricing in order to ensure correct price positioning and model build up for all VW passenger products
- Formulating recommendations regarding pricing of options, and various model derivatives
- Preparation of Indexing and Price Positioning Charts for presentation and signoff by VWSA Management
- Negotiating VWSA Local Price position with VWAG on new models in order to obtain Group Brand approval
- Analysis of market/competitor subsequent price movements and the effects on the VW Brand
- Continuous monitoring of pricing baskets to ensure that models retain their Indexing Position
- Maintaining the pricing of vehicle specification tables in SAP Sales Distribution system

Education and Experience:

To perform this job successfully, the incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/ or ability required to meet the demands of the role:
- A formal 3-year Bachelor's degree/ National Diploma from a recognised tertiary institution, preferably in Commerce/ Business Science / Engineering / Finance
- A minimum of 3 years experience in engineering/ sales forecasting/ market research/ brand management / finance

Skills, Attributes & Other requirements:

The ideal candidate should:
- Demonstrate sound understanding of the automotive market and competitive environment
- Have strategic and conceptual thinking capabilities
- Present a structured thinking approach with sound problem-solving abilities
- Demonstrate good communication skills (oral and written) and well-developed presentation skills with the confidence and ability to address internal and external product forums (eg. Pre-PSK and Dealer Council)
- Display excellent computer literacy skills with comprehensive knowledge of MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- Be analytically minded with the ability and inclination to work with detail
- Exhibit a solution-oriented approach and be able to work effectively under pressure
- Be innovative, resourceful and action-orientated
- Be passionate about cars / vehicle brands, with specific reference to VW products
- German language proficiency will be beneficial

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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