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Product Manager

Category: Kids outdoor active (STEM/STEAM a huge plus)

Location: Mid-Atlantic

Join a fast growing organization where you can be a part of a nimble team.  Are you a creative, “out of the box” thinker who has a passion for children’s products; particularly products that focus on active and imaginative play? If you have proven experience in product development/management and are ready for your next career move, we should talk. If you are naturally curious, have great initiative and enjoy working cross functionally this is a perfect environment for you.

Summary: 

As a Product Manager you will identify, develop and source innovative and unique products. You will be responsible for the product from idealization to liquidation including the business management of your category/categories including ownership of gross margin, sales, profitability, vendor management, and sourcing.  Maximize the development of the brand, sales, profits and concepts along with building cross functional relationships with Creative, Product Safety & Quality Control, Inventory Control, and Sourcing.

Job Description: 

  • Source both domestically and internationally products within designated categories that fit brand merchandising strategy.    

  • Apply professional knowledge of merchandising principles in order to meet sales, gross margin, and contribution objectives.  

  • Develop exclusive proprietary products with IP protection potential.

  • Manage product collateral, creative work requests for all exclusive product and support needs of creative services team

  • Responsible for full life cycle of product management from conception and sourcing to supporting customer service and online managing online reviews.

  • Communicate and develop partnerships with all vendors.                                                               

  • Keep abreast of current industry and design trends.

  • Sample, test and evaluate prospective new products to ensure compliance with all applicable standards.    

  • Negotiate and confirm pricing, packaging, delivery, terms and advertising with catalog vendors.    

  • Monitor and evaluate vendor performance and determine key strategic partnerships.              

  • Prepare data and material for product presentation to Vice President and Merchandising Team members.                             

  • Analyze product performance.                                                                                                     

  • Provide supporting materials for catalog and web design, layout, photography, and copy writing.  Proofing same at various stages of production.                                         

  • Participate in weekly merchandise meetings with all departments.                                            

  • Work closely with PSQC to ensure quality and safety testing conformity. 

  • Project sales by item.  Assist Inventory Control with recommendations for initial buys and reorder quantities and reducing overstocks.                                                                                                 

  • Monitor back order report and assist Inventory Control in resolving any related issues.

  • Participate in the development of the annual trade show schedule and work within budget.           

  • Attend trade shows according to product line responsibility.                                                             

  • Support corporate business plan.                                                                                     

  • Responsible for the management and development of support staff. 

  • Ability to manage a high volume of work, multiple priorities and deadlines in a dynamic work environment

  • Collaborate with creative and marketing teams to ensure products within categories of responsibilities are marketed to planned objectives.

  • Evaluate trends within categories/sub-categories and recommend seasonal strategies.

  • Work with purchasing and QA to guarantee on time ship dates and in stock goals.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years related experience in merchandising, purchasing, catalog pagination, web merchandising, product development international sourcing and manufacturing for a multichannel retailer preferably within Toy Industry.

  • Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or university)

  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.

  • Strong communication skills (orally and written)

  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.

  • Negotiating - Proven record of win-win negotiations.

  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.

  • Team Player - Ability to work within a team of performers each skilled in her/her own specialty.

  • Computer Skills - Required:  Excel, Word, Publisher, Outlook; Preferred:  Access; Understanding of POS systems

  • Valid/current U.S. Passport; ability and willingness to travel as required.

  • Understanding of market conditions as it relates to merchandising.

  • Previous experience in new product design and development preferred. 

TO APPLY: 
Send your resume with salary requirements to Sue at Midwest Personnel Resource, LLC:
   
     E-mail: sue@mpresource.com
     phone: 262.681-3727

Please include Job Code PMC-MPR0418 in the subject line of all emails.