Ridgefield Park, NJ

Job Description

WE have  an opening for a Product Development Manager to join our team at our, Ridgefield NJ location. In this role, the Product Development Manager will be a part of a global team, leading the growth of Small Kitchen Appliances through market research, product testing, competitive analysis, road map development, lifecycle management and commercialization.

  • Create career growth within various areas of the organization
  • Pay competitively
  • Provide on the job training and mentoring

What You Will Be Doing

  • Support the Sr. Director of Product Development and Marketing with:
    • Developing the product portfolio strategy and help lead the short and long-range planning process
    • Leading the Discovery phase of product development:
      • Identification of category and product opportunities to expand our portfolio
      • Diversify portfolio though thoughtful consumer insights, emerging trends, and competitive analysis
      • Work closely with Engineering, R&D, Operations, Supply, Sales and Marketing teams on translating insights into measurable product specifications.
      • Conduct reporting to management on competitive activity, market trends and product opportunities
    • Product Verification & Testing
      • Review performance test results to ensure the product meets safety standards
      • Review performance test results to ensure product meets consumer expectations and safety standards  
      • Conduct product tests and document results to validate features and consumer needs
      • Work with development team to review Patents and product claims
      • Review all field test data to determine if any changes need to occur prior to going into Mass Production
    • Developing Product Launch plans
      • Collaborate with design and PD teams to create product packaging, POP, User Manuals and Quick Start Guides
      • Collaborate with Marketing for development of New Product Commercialization plans.
      • Led cross-functional teams in creating best in class digital content for product launches
      • Support/create training documentation, videos, launch kits and similar.
      • Conduct cost and margin analysis and determine product pricing and profitability.
      • Recommend list pricing and collaborate with Sales team on promotional plans
  • Serve as subject matter expert for Small Kitchen Appliances and develop a sharable product landscape file for.
    • Product positioning
    • Product specifications (performance claims) and capabilities
    • Promotional activity
  • Monitor and assess competitive products and programs and as a result develop and implement proactive strategies to strengthen competitive edge.
  • Work with quality team to monitor consumer reviews, document feedback and provide recommendations for ongoing product improvement
  • Own internal product set-up process

Requirements for Consideration

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S.) for an accredited four-year college or university
  • 3+ years of product development experience or relate field
  • Have proven experience in developing and executing product development strategies including market segmentation, competitive research, opportunity assessment and road-mapping
  • Ability to work in a self-directed, entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience with hands-on research, product evaluation, testing and user validation
  • Proven ability to analyze, interpret, and draw meaningful / accurate conclusions from data
  • Have solid experience interacting with both internal and external customers.
  • Have technical aptitude/experience.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Have experience working with cross-functional teams in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage deadlines
  • Understanding of Profit-and-Loss [P&L] management and key financial factors influencing performance.
  • History of exhibiting positive energy and contributing as a change agent for the organization: we expect this person to be energetic, resourceful, and hands-on with a strong bias for action; this person will also be expected to commit to stretch goals and to developing / delivering outstanding results.

We Like, But Don’t Require

  • Experience working with Consumer Durable Goods (e.g. Appliances, etc.).
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