Reporting directly to the VP, Product Development/Product Management, and working closely with other key stakeholders, the Director helps create and execute the strategic direction of specific product categories and is directly responsible for the success of product development in their assigned categories.
Working in collaboration with the other key stakeholders (primarily aligned with Operations), the Director will direct the product development process from concept to post-launch analysis. In addition to working with internal business units, the Director will act as a contact for vendors, manufacturers and suppliers. The Director will also be a mentor for members of their team; will be responsible for budgets, reporting, staffing, performance management, terminations, and other HR related activities in their department and assigned categories.
Responsibilities will include:
Strategic Product Development
Help create and execute strategic direction of Product Development (new product, redesign, any applicable engineering, ID, etc.)
Responsible for R&D and Stage 0 projects
Responsible for driving execution on PD requirements such as financial modeling, market and competitive analysis, selling propositions, document control, and communication documents
Responsible for overall execution and quality of products within the specific product categories
Work in collaboration with the other business unit leaders (Marketing, Sales, Operations, etc),
Responsible for setting expectations and driving results in the following areas: Project Management, Financial, Inventory, Marketing and Communications as it related to PD
Lead meetings including new product concept meetings, design meetings, etc.
Collaborate on and drive the design the product strategy, as documented in a product plan, and a rolling 18-month roadmap for assigned categories and provide monthly updates for quarterly review
Attend weekly meetings with purchasing to consult on decisions, as required
Approve definition product requirements and delivery of PRDs with prioritized features and corresponding justification
Serve as the internal and external evangelist for product category
Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the business and team
Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise direct reports as assigned. Team may include Product Development Managers and Engineers located in Utah and China.
On-time launches hitting agreed IOQ dates, quantity and quality targets
Liaise with vendors and suppliers for PD needs
Approve budget proposals, and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary
Responsible for increasing revenue through new
Approving load in quantities based on team recommendation and market research
Inventory management Approve all inventory reserves and return decisions
Cost of good management Approve the RFQ process for NPI's and cost down initiatives
Successful working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential. Cultivate and maintain an open environment for team where ideas are shared, questioned and tested
Ability to utilize critical thinking skills to anticipate problems and provide creative solutions, conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities, and flexibility during times of change
Excellent communication and presentation skills, including communication with team members, cross-department partners, the executive team and other internal and external stakeholders
Ability to read and react to different audiences, and adjust communication style effectively
Must be strategic, entrepreneurial, optimistic, action oriented and decisive
Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial
Ability to define and develop sound processes, procedures and methods as well as a history of leading change management
Willingness to challenge the status quo and offer alternate ways of thinking
Must have a history of delivering on-time product launches in a fast-paced environment
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience in areas like Business, Marketing, Communications
8+ years of direct work experience in product development in consumer products industry. Experience in product development of consumer electronics is highly preferred
5+ years' experience of leadership experience within product development
3+ years' experience in project management with a history of leading successful projects on time and under budget with desired results
2+ years' experience in leading cross functional teams (Ops, Sales, Marketing, Finance, etc.) highly preferred
Physically able to participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings
Some travel may be required for the purpose of meeting with channel partners, retail accounts, manufacturing partners, or off-site personnel/management
Up to 30% travel may be required. Domestic and international travel.
At ZAGG Inc, we strive to deliver products known for their smart designs and innovative solutions. We embrace challenges and refuse to be deterred by obstacles. We aspire to create value for our customers, business partners and investors.