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Project Manager

Company: Cool Gear International
Location: Plymouth
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary Statement:----The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for assisting the Sr. Director of Product Development in implementing product objectives, strategies, and tactics to drive sales & profitability for the entire Cool Gear and Igloo hydration portfolio.--The PM also manages and tracks the development process from product brief turnover to product commercialization, communicating project status and keeping projects on-track and on-time.--Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Determine and evaluate consumer need gaps relative to the new potential business areas.
  • Conduct consumer, product, and customer research as necessary.
  • Develop category and competitive matrices to optimize the business performance and growth potential of the new product lines.
  • Write product briefs and communicate them to cross-functional team members
  • Assist in creating 3-year NPD product roadmaps
  • Assist in all aspects of project management for all assigned projects.
  • Help implement standard process for conception, planning, launching, and tracking projects.
  • Track project timelines with a clearly defined critical path, in conjunction with the process owners.
  • Follow-up with process owners as to communicate the status of the projects vs. established timelines.
  • Act as the contact between the factory and product development team for organizing information going to and from regarding development timelines, design/engineering challenges, and general status updates throughout the development process.
  • Distribute and follow up on testing results for all new samples for items currently in development cycle.
  • Organize, track, and catalog new item approval process including all final sample collection for the factory and in house needs.
  • Execute and track initial sales sample orders for newly developed items.
  • Event Management with regards to samples, logistics.
  • Other duties as assigned.--Performance Deliverables
    • Assist in developing and communicating new product scoping & development planning with process owners.
    • Develop and keep up to date a total project list with Sr. Director of Product Development
    • Assist in ensuring clear and concise communication with process owners.--Cross Functional Teamwork
      • This position will need to work across various segments of the business and with all process owners in the development, implementation, and follow-up of assigned projects.
      • Collaborate with the packaging team to manage & drive packaging or display needs for product launches.
      • Work with Operations and Quality departments in modifying policies regarding the development of new items, flow of information, and post approval item responsibilities regarding modification and discontinuation.
      • Work with QC to ensure new items meet all specified standards during development as well as communicating information on items currently in design and working with them to find a solution for any modifications needed from arising customer issues.--Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:--
        • Education: Bachelor's degree required in Marketing, Business, Project Management, or related field.
        • Experience: Three to Five (3-5) years extensive hands-on experience with proven track record as a Project Manager; Experience working with sourced vendors (e.g., Far East located suppliers); Experience working / managing in a cross-functional and team-driven environment.--Experience tracking and managing projects and being accountable for on-time delivery.
        • English language skills: Able to read, write, speak, and comprehend English. Strong presentation / communication skills - written and verbal.
        • Physical Demands: General office environment.
        • Coaching and leadership skills.
        • Proficient in MS Office Suite, in particular Excel & PowerPoint
        • Familiarity with Basecamp and Asana project management communication & planning tools.--Preferred Qualifications: --------------
          • Project Management process capabilities, high attention to detail and timeline accountability with a Product Management mindset/skillset.--Key Competencies:
            • Strategic mindset with attention to detail.
            • Flexible, comfortable with change.
            • Self-directed and energetic.
            • Planning & organization skills.
            • Problem Solving skills.
            • Written and verbal communication skills.
            • Interpersonal skills.
            • Leadership skills.
            • Familiar with Consumer Products, Marketing, Sales, and Manufacturing Activities.--Cool Gear's Code of Coolness:--We're ScrappyWe treat the business as if it were our own.--We do more with less and take an entrepreneurial approach to the business.--We Act with a Sense of UrgencyWe are results driven and approach the business fast.--We have a high sense of urgency to meet the needs of our consumers and customers.--We Win as a TeamEach of us is an expert in our role and we work together to meet our goals.--We value communication, honesty and respect and operate with a high degree of integrity.--Each one of us makes a difference every day.--We Have a Positive Can-Do AttitudeWe see opportunity where others see risk. We go above and beyond our role to get things done for our customers and our teammates.--We Exhibit Innovative ThinkingWe are always seeking to bring innovation to the marketplace through design and function. We look for inspiration that drives both impulse and purpose.--We Have FunHydration is a fun business.--While we take our work seriously, we don't take ourselves too seriously.--We celebrate our successes as individuals and as a team.

Keywords: Cool Gear International, Plymouth , Project Manager, Executive , Plymouth, Massachusetts

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