Exxel Outdoors is looking for an energetic and outgoing leader to execute the product management process for the Airbeds line. Let us tell you about this new exciting opportunity! The Product Manager - Airbeds is responsible for the skillful execution of the product management process for the Airbed and Sleeping Pad/Accessories category. This will require strategic category planning, research, analytics, development, and execution involved in leading these categories to profitable growth. Keep reading to find out about this great opportunity and the awesome benefits that are included!
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MARKET & PRODUCT RESEARCH
Explore new trends and consumer needs that lead to relevant new product opportunities
Conduct thorough market research to identify and validate opportunities including key retailer competitive assortments
Regular evaluation of product sell-in, sell-through, inventory and margin health for proactive lifecycle management
Lead an on-going 3-year category roadmap with annual brand/customer specific product plans
Present annual business plans to management; track and report progress regularly
Close collaboration with Sales team to ensure plans align with customer objectives and opportunities
Develop product and design briefs for new product launches
Close collaboration with Asia offices in the strategic planning of vendor platforms including development and operational execution
Coordinate with applicable licensors to ensure licensed products are within licensing agreement scope. Adhere to all required licensee approval requirements
Lead cross-functional project teams in development of new products:
Collaborate with internal design resources for development of innovative product solutions
Partner with Asia offices in the development of new products, materials, manufacturing methods and packaging
Manage product cost to ensure marketable features and margin structures are met
Develop and maintain detailed product specifications to ensure accurate manufacturing.
Manage development calendar to ensure key milestones are met in full and on time
Work with marketing and graphic teams to best communicate product messaging through collateral, web, merchandising and packaging assets.
SELL-IN AND COMMERCIALIZATION
Develop messaging and necessary collateral to effectively communicate new products to management, sales and internal support teams
Communicate confirmed new products and timeline requirements with cross-functional teams
Ensure a strong working knowledge of commercialization status for problem-shooting scenarios and team updates
Collaborate with Compliance teams in meeting all product labeling, testing and quality standards
Close, cross-functional collaboration with Channel, Operations and Asia teams through pre-production and production phases to ensure quality product and on-time launch.
Works with Creative, Communications and Distribution teams to build consumer stoke in our Brand, and communicate the value of our products by:
Assists in developing communication strategies for target markets
Supports the development of collateral materials such as catalogs, consumer literature, website/social channel content, and point of sale material including merchandise packaging
Exploits every opportunity to publicize developments (public relations)
Participates in trade and consumer shows.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Industrial Design or related field
Minimum of three years of product management or product development experience.
Minimum of one year in the outdoor industry desired
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
Analytical mindset to deploy in identifying trends using quantitative analysis and product performance, preferably in Microsoft office environment. Experience may be in a wide variety of areas
Domestic and overseas travel will be required.
Strategic, Innovative, “Out of the box” thinker with a progressive and open-minded outlook on the Outdoor Industry
Excellent interpersonal and management skills to deal with customers, outside vendors and suppliers. Strong relationship builder
Highly organized with a proven ability to handle multiple tasks and projects effectively
Excellent presentation, verbal, written and communications skills; the ability to overcome the complexities of a diverse language environment
Ability to work with teams in overseas liaison offices and an ability to negotiate with suppliers
Enthusiasm, drive, and a positive attitude to achieve personal and team goals.
Must have excellent analytical, communication and leadership skills.
B.A. or equivalent required
Proficient computer skills (preferably in Microsoft Office environment) (Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign) are a plus
Knowledge of the consumer goods industry, international sourcing, and commercialization process
Strategic, innovative, solution-based thinker
Enthusiasm, drive, and a positive attitude
Self-Motivated to achieve personal and team goals
Excellent interpersonal and management skills to work with customers, outside vendors and suppliers
Proven track record of success in consumer product development and management
Excellent presentation, verbal, written and communications skills.
Analytical skills for evaluating product performance.
International experience: ability to work with overseas teams and suppliers
Must be able to lead cross functional project teams on defined timelines. Position may have future direct reports.
CERTFICATIONS (If applicable)
A collaborative, photo and video studio space work environment located on the second floor of the 40,000 sq. foot facility located in Broomfield, Colorado. Team members share a common desk area located in the studio. There are approximately 125 employees in the 40,000 sq. ft Broomfield corporate facility which houses a workout facility, multiple quiet telephone booths and a large employee breakroom for the employee’s use.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
This job description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities for this job and is not intended to be an inclusive list of job tasks and expectations. With the evolution of Exxel Outdoors, LLC, the responsibilities of this position may change. The job must be prepared to accept new responsibilities and transfer others.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.