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 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
  • Regular evaluation of product sell-in, sell-through, inventory and margin health for proactive lifecycle management
  • Management of airbed/accessory product lines, upgrading the design and development of current and/or new concepts, generating and developing new categories and product concepts for review and consideration.
  • Must be proactive in leading product development. 
  • Responsible for generating and developing new category and product concepts for review and consideration.

Category Planning
  • 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

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 teams 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 Asia 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 may have future direct reports.


QUALIFICATIONS
  • Must have excellent analytical, communication and leadership skills.
  • 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.
  • Proficient computer skills (preferably in Microsoft Office environment).
  • Knowledge of the consumer goods industry, international sourcing, and commercialization process


PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
  • Strategic, innovative, solution-based thinker
  • 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 


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, the responsibilities of this position may change. The job must be prepared to accept new responsibilities and transfer others.

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!

This is a full time position

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