GI Product Specialist

The Sherwin-Williams Company

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Our mission began more than 150 years ago in 1866 when Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams founded the company in Cleveland, Ohio. The duo went on to shape an industry and create a global legacy. That legacy continues on today as we look ahead and continue to innovate our future. With stores, distribution centers and facilities spanning the globe, we're able to deliver the best in paints, coatings and related products to the world. From our headquarters to our 130 distribution centers and more than 4,000 retail locations, we continue to grow in new and exciting ways.

Here, there's no one path to success. Our 60,000+ employees are diverse, innovative and passionate. Our employees worldwide bring their energy and unique perspectives to each new day. We believe in careers that grow with you and open up new opportunities. With the support of a global team, you can innovate, grow and discover a career where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show.

Position Details

GI Product Specialist
Twin Cities Metro
Minneapolis, MN

Here, we believe there's not one path to success, we believe in careers that grow with you. Whoever you are or wherever you come from in the world, there's a place for you at Sherwin-Williams. We provide you with the opportunity to explore your curiosity and drive us forward. We'll give you the space to share your strengths and we want you to show us what you can do. You can innovate, grow and discover in a place where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show!

Sherwin-Williams values the unique talents and abilities from all backgrounds and characteristics. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities and Protected Veterans.

The GI Product Specialist reports directly to the Director of Product Management (USCA) and has overall responsibility for supporting and assisting the Product Management functions in Powder, Liquid and E-Coat. The GI Product Specialist will assist the Product Managers in optimizing the GI USCA product portfolio in terms of content and profitability. The incumbent will assist in the evaluation, planning and optimization of all GI Industrial Market portfolios including finished goods SKU optimization, raw material count optimization, product driven cost savings initiatives and manufacturing capacity/capability evaluations.


1. Manage the delivery of accurate product management information.

  • Develop reports, update and maintain accuracy of raw material consolidation, platform sku optimization, formula cost savings and new product development sales tracking

2. Raw material consolidation support

  • Conduct financial analysis of specific SKU consolidation
  • Write LWR’s for lab to complete the consolidation work
  • Assist in the prioritization of raw material consolidation projects in the lab
  • Track financial impact of completed projects
  • Assist with implementation new raw material changes with Sales/Service reps

3. Product portfolio analysis and optimization support

  • Assist in managing platform analysis projects
  • Conduct financial analysis of specific platform optimization projects
  • Assist with the execution of platform optimization with the sales and service teams
  • Track financial impact of completed projects

4. Capacity and capability support

  • Work with the Business Segment Leaders to convert overall segment demand into product demand for demand planning

5. Manage PIMS Process for Liquid and Powder

  • Create all necessary liquid/Powder new product SKU's in PIM and follow through until completion.
  • Review/approve all sku's created by Regional labs for accuracy.

6. Develop and update product data sheets

  • Assist in preparation of data pages for new products.
  • Update current date pages to current specifications and/or changes.
  • Monitor supporting documents regularly to verify all document specifications match
  • Work with Marketing Specialist and Regulatory Services to update new and existing data pages to HEARS


a. Required: High school graduate or equivalent

b. Preferred: Associate or Bachelor Business Degree – Marketing major (BBA)


a. Required: Strong computer skills

b. Preferred: Familiarity with industrial coatings


  • Must be able to sit, stand, hear, and see on a constant basis. 
  • Must be able to walk, write, and type on a frequent basis. 
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to _25_ pounds. 
  • Must be able to climb and descend stairs. 
  • Must be able to bend, carry, reach, push, and pull on an occasional basis. 
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing. 
  • May work indoors and outdoors as needed. Exposure to heat up to 120 degrees and cold to 0 degrees. 
  • May work in areas where noise level is such that hearing protection is required. 
  • May work in areas where toxic, flammable, and hazardous materials are present. 
  • May be exposed to varying amounts of dust and dirt. 
  • Work surfaces may include concrete. 
  • Employee must be able to tolerate non-toxic paint odors and be able to wear a respirator as required. 
  • Employee must be able to operate a computer and communicate via telephone. 
  • Some travel to other locations, meetings and/or seminars is required

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