Exxel Outdoors is looking for a Multi-Brand Product Manager to join our team in Pasadena, California.

We are looking for an energetic and outgoing leader to execute the product management process for our Backpack and Accessory lines. Working with an international team, this Product Manager will be responsible for strategic planning, research, analytics, development, and execution to achieve growth over a wide variety of brands. Our portfolio includes Fashion, Camping, Electronic, and Hunting lines.

We are a company of outdoor lovers. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Exxel Outdoors is the leading provider of high quality and innovative recreation products.

We offer great benefits, product allowance, and an amazing team to work with. We are looking for the best of the best to join our growing community. Can’t wait to meet you!
 
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
  • Regular evaluation of product sell-in, sell-through, inventory, and margin health for proactive lifecycle management
  • Constantly exploring new RMs, Trim, and Fabric suppliers in Asia for innovation and excitement cross-category
Category Planning
  • Lead an on-going 3-year category roadmap with annual brand/customer specific product plans; work closely with Brand Managers to validate plan of action and adhere to specific Brands’ goals and objectives
  • Provide constant updates to Brand Managers regarding development process
  • Present annual business plans to management; track and report progress regularly
  • Close collaboration with Brand 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
Development
  • 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
    • Regular communication with manufacturing factories to validate new product manufacturing and cost assumptions
    • 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 Boulder Team
  • 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

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Must be able to lead cross functional project teams on defined timelines. 
  • Position will have 4 – 5 Designers and 1 – 2 Product Developers as Direct Reports

QUALIFICATIONS
  • B.A. or equivalent required
  • Must have 5 years product management and new product development experience in consumer products. Outdoor industry experience a plus but not required.
  • Accessory or sewn goods experience preferred, but not required
  • Must have excellent analytical, communication, and leadership skills
  • Proficient computer skills (preferably in Microsoft Office environment)
  • Knowledge of the consumer goods industry, international sourcing, and commercialization process
Domestic and International Travel will be required for this job: approx. 10-12 domestic trips per year (1-3 days) and 2-3 international trips (7-14 days)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
  • Strategic, innovative, solution-based thinker
  • Proactive and results oriented
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to lead a high-performance team
  • Enthusiasm, drive, and a positive attitude
  • Self-Motivated to achieve personal and team goals
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills to deal 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 

 

This is a management position
This is a full time position

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