Senior Product Developer / PD Manager, design-led brand

I Love My Job Ltd
London, UK
13 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
A leading London brand, found on the shelves of thousands of much-loved retailers around the world, is looking for an experienced Senior Product Developer / Product Development Manager to join their team.

You will have 5+ years product development experience, 3 of these being at a management level. You must be commercial, highly organised with excellent communication skills. You will have worked on high volume accounts across gifting, home, party, stationery, games or beauty.

Your role as Product Development Manager will include:
  • Build Critical Paths alongside the Project Manager
  • Trading analysis; constantly review trading, digest results from reports, deduce and then implement strategic decisions to drive results, within remit
  • Strategically shape and plan product strategy for customer base, understanding the needs and challenges of each customer
  • Participate in customer meetings as the senior product expert, supporting the sales team
  • Lead the product development team in maintaining a key understanding of the current UK and International market
  • Maintain an excellent knowledge in customer insight and proposition
  • Maintain an excellent knowledge of sales across the business
  • Work with the Production and Buying teams to support and execute the sourcing strategy for each area, working directly with our FE office and factories
  • Work with the team to build and input all accurate costings information, e.g. range plans, product specifications, pricing document
  • Deliver; on trend, innovative, commercial product, in cost, fit for purpose, meeting end customer specification and CP
  • Establish and foster excellent supplier relationships
  • Equip internal teams with resources across all aspects relating to products and setup, e.g. samples, specs, range identity, customer profile, product purpose, visual sheets, artwork, displays, attend/ present at meetings, mock ups, samples, product info, etc.
  • Working with the team to be highly organised with samples and sample management
  • Manage the sign off process from end-to-end
  • Supplier and factory visit / sourcing trips
  • Team management; ensuring that the team achieves business goals

You will have for this Product Development Manager role:
  • Highly organised and efficient
  • Focused, process driven individual
  • 3 years + line management experience
  • 5 years + product development experience
  • Experience of gifting, home, party, stationery, games or beauty
  • Strong project management skills, agile
  • Accurate, on-time and prepared
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Excellent communication skills, both cross-functionally and externally

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