Reporting to the Senior Director of Global Product Development, the Sr Product Development Manager will lead the development efforts for the Real Techniques Cosmetic Accessories Brands. This Senior Manager will have extensive experience leading new product development from creation to commercialization. They will be responsible for ensuring that the new products and portfolio delight our consumers, are meaningfully differentiated and meet key business objectives including timing and cost goals. The Sr. Product Development manager will have strong communication and project management skills working cross-functionally and leading the development with the overseas suppliers. Lastly, the Sr. Product Development Manager will be responsible for developing a strong Product Development team bringing best practice processes to efficiently develop new products to the organization.
Lead two year product portfolio strategy and product development plans to innovate across brands. Work collaboratively with cross-functional leads.
Create exciting base business news through annual introduction of unique and relevant products. Ready product assortment for annual sales introductions and or account specific opportunities.
Leverage syndicated and in market trend information to shape development plans and utilize internally and externally to build excitement for plans.
Harvest consumer insights to create meaningfully differentiated products / segments / categories that meets or exceeds consumer needs.
Lead annual development cycle from product development to commercialization. Lead product development activities including the product development timelines, product development requirements including key benefits / features, product specifications, package direction and coordination, consumer performance and testing, sampling and preliminary pricing analysis, overseas communication with suppliers and tracking of projects.
Develop NPD key account presentations and present at key account meetings and Global Sales meeting.
Lead the accelerated product development process to meet increasingly tighter key account deadlines and new business opportunities. Work collaboratively with Sourcing partners in US and Internationally (Asia focus).
Ensures all products adhere to testing and regulatory compliance protocol. Works closely with Quality, Legal and Regulatory teams.
Manage, mentor and develop team consisting of Product Development Managers, Associates and Assistants. Implement NPD 101 and project management training to ensure team is working effectively and efficiently.
Lead development projects in cross-functional meetings providing key project updates and corrective action plans if not meeting needs. Provide the NPD perspective, ask questions and secure cross-functional alignment.
Manage the NPD master project timeline for the team. Ensure key tasks are being met and proactively identify potential issues and recommendations for meeting milestones and deliverables. Keep management informed of status. Recommend efficiencies to drive acceleration in process for improved speed to market.
Provide project updates to Sr. Director of Global Product Development including NPD readiness.
Align cross-functional stake - holders on development and implementation strategies and plans to ensure timely decision-making.
Work with suppliers overseas to create the new products and manage the sampling and development process. Travel to Asia 3 x’s / year and or as needed.
Candidate will need to possess:
BA/BS (MBA is a plus)
7-10 years experience in development with a stint in beauty and or fashion
3-5 years of experience working with overseas suppliers
Experience managing a group of employees
Experience working in a CPG environment
Ideal candidate will also possess:
Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and communicate cross-functionally with all levels of the organization
Strong analytical and decision making skills
Strong communication, negotiation, and influencing skills
Curious and enjoys learning about the changing consumer and market
Thrives in a dynamic, fast – paced working environment and comfortable at adjusting priorities and resources
Ability to take ownership and proactively problem solve
Strong team building experience
Beauty and/or Fashion experience a plus
Travel international for trend and account presentations a plus