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Product Manager (Production & PD)
At W&P we make food and beverage essentials that empower you to live your best life, today. The way we cook, eat and drink is changing faster than ever and we’re on a mission to create products that can keep up and carry you through your day.
About the Role
As a Product Manager at W&P you are creative, have an eye for detail and a passion for the full product lifecycle. Reporting to the Director of Production, you will join the Operations team having complete responsibility for bringing products from concept through final production delivery. You will have the opportunity to work with domestic and international manufacturer partners. You will also assist the Director of Production with strategic planning by identifying opportunities for growth and expanding internal processes.
Manage and implement each phase of W&P’s new product strategy from market research, product research, product testing, pricing, competitive analysis, sample development, timeline creation and management through product launch
Craft and manage clear timelines for new product development. Consistently guide the product development lifecycle to ensure each project milestone is achieved with ease and results are delivered
Communicate with factories to negotiate pricing at various points in the product development cycle for both new and existing products, with a constant eye toward improving business margin goals
Manage factory production schedules to meet xfty dates
Arrange product testing and factory audits as needed
Partner with factories to ensure quality control across all new product development and existing production. Create processes for checking standards routinely
Act as a liaison between W&P Ops Team and key stakeholders across the company (including marketing, sales, and creative teams)
5-7 years product development and/or production experience, consumer product industry preferred
Ability to work in a self-directed, entrepreneurial environment
Strong analytical skills with product lines including: margins, business trends, market segmentation, competitive research and trends, market research and opportunity assessment
Keen understanding of vendor and product testing and compliance
Well versed in hands-on research, product evaluation, testing, and user-validation skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Adept project manager with a proven ability to prioritize and meet concurring deadlines
Thoughtful collaborator and enjoys building strong internal team and external relationships
Proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Suite
*This role will begin working remotely and move onsite when our office reopens.