Senior Specialist Product Development

Staples Framingham , MA 01702

Posted 2 months ago


About the Staples Brand Group:

Do you want to create new brands and new products from scratch? Do you want to invent and think big to take an idea from concept to reality for customers? Are you an expert in or passionate about products that boost productivity and help businesses grow? The Staples Own Brand team is powering the greatest assortment transformation in our company's history and we need your energy and enthusiasm to change the way the world works. We are a $4B consumer products company within Staples Inc, and we're working on the tools and fuel for the new 21st century workplace.

Position Summary:

  • Staples is looking for a talented and energetic candidate with a passion for product. As a Senior Specialist of Product Development, you will be on point to bring the next generation of private brand technology products to life at Staples. Working with Product Management, Product Design, Merchandising and sourcing, our product developers own the process of going from a concept to a finished product ready for sale. You'll have ownership of making sure we deliver products that meet our quality and cost targets and that they launch on time.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of new and compelling private brand technology products through close collaboration with Product Management, Product Design, Merchandising and Sourcing.

  • Participate in all phases of bringing innovative products to market including ideation, product development, and launch.

  • Serve as an internal product expert and use this expertise to assist Product Management in presenting new products to the Merchant teams.

  • Oversee key development milestones including prototype development, pilot runs, third party testing, initial production runs, final product sample approval, etc.

  • Utilize your project management skills to ensure product development is on track and new products will launch on time.

  • Develop necessary test protocols to ensure products meet our requirements for quality, performance and regulatory compliance

  • Ensure product is clear of any IP issues, and work with Legal to file patents for your product

  • Identify potential manufacturing partners, execute RFPs and drive the final selection of which factory to work with

  • Execute strategy set by Director and Vice President of Product Management and Product Development.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • 2 to 4 years of experience in a manufacturing or product development environment

  • Project management, organization, problem solving and negotiating skills

  • Professional communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Prioritization of workload based on business needs

  • Independent thinking and judgment

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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