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Product Director

Company: Klean Kanteen--
Location: Chico
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Job Description:

General Purpose:The Director of Product is a leadership role that owns all things "Product", worldwide.--This is a senior-level manager position and is ultimately responsible for understanding and addressing our customers' needs, creating, proposing and implementing compelling business plans, managing the product lifecycle of new and existing products in all categories and managing the development and launch of product solutions for our global markets.--This position closely collaborates with Marketing, Sales and Project teams to create, manage and implement the short- and long-term plans that are required to support a successful commercialization and launch of each new product and seasonal line plan.Organizational Chart / Reporting Relationship:Supervision Exercised:--Assistant Product Manager, Product Coordinator, Outside Resources Supervision Received:--President/CEOEssential Functions:Product Management:--Responsible and accountable for developing and driving product planning, road mapping and business plans that deliver Klean's optimal product offering, profitable growth, end-of-life and responsible design, solutions that eliminate the need for single use items, continuous product improvement and market launch successNew Product Development:--Responsible and accountable for the successful identification, development and launch of new products, working closely with Project Manager, and "owns" all product-related responsibilities in New Product Development process Go-To-Market (GTM) Planning:--Responsible for creating and implementing successful GTM Plans for new products as well as planning and driving the ongoing performance, profitability and continuous improvement of existing products lines Duties / Responsibilities to accomplish Essential Functions: Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:Mission and Values:Is a champion and advocate of the mission in all actions and interactions with our customers, partners and staffActively supports Klean Kanteen valuesLeadership and Collaboration:Hires, inspires, coaches and sets accountability measures for all direct reportsResponsible for managing team performance through monthly 1:1s with staff, goal development, peer feedback, bi-annual performance reviews and annual merit increase recommendationsProvides oversight and direction to staff to meet stated company and department goalsActively participates in the development plan for the team as in their own professional growth plan Develops processes and plans, as needed, for implementation across the organization to increase communication and understanding of stated product line goalsEffectively collaborates across all internal and external constituenciesActively supports code of conduct related to sustainability and environmental stewardshipActively supports a culture of accountability while maintaining the camaraderie and friendly nature so valued by the staff and leadership team of Klean Kanteen Actively supports a culture of transparency to the team and consumers of Klean KanteenFollows departmental processes and proceduresMeasures and monitors progress against objectives and performance targets Product Management:Identifies new product opportunities and translates them into 3-year product maps that detail the means for achieving profitable growth and mission objectives by envisioning new concepts, platforms and products that will meet customers' future needs while anticipating market trends Leads the creation, proposal and implementation of business plans related to new and existing productsPartners with internal and external stakeholders to understand competitive landscape, customer needs, and market trends, translating them into product use and performance requirements and leads efforts to create product solutions Ensures overall product line revenue and profitability; delivers expected ROIs; Manages Product department budgetResponsible for product line and category performance; measures and monitors progress towards achieving NPD objectives and performance targetsDirectly contributes to sustainability initiatives, including: Green Screen, CHA, HIGG Index, and the like; identifies and leads the improvements to the entire product line based on these objective measuresWorks in close collaboration with all functions of Sales, Marketing, Sustainability and Operations to ensure alignment of all activities and communicationsResponsible for all product definitions, configuration specifications and related system set-ups and implementationsLeads integration of new products to the Sales, Marketing and Field Marketing TeamUnderstands the regulatory requirements for children's products and international markets; RSL/Material needs New Product Development:Leads creation of product vision and strategies that align with and support of the overall company vision, mission and strategiesIs a key product contributor to overall company strategic planningResponsible for and contributes to new product development efforts by conceiving and innovating new products, recommending opportunities and is the champion of the customer voice, serving real customer needs, and is the Product representative on new product development teamsResponsible for the timely initiation and development of concepts and works to minimize total life cycle impact of products; ensures ongoing alignment to and efficient and effective practice of product development processWorks closely with the Product team and partners with Project teams to clearly define project goals and requirements --Responsible for ensuring products are being developed to meet identified customer and market needs--Go-To-Market (GTM) Planning:Responsible for and leads the creation, implementation, and execution of GTM Plans, pricing and cost targets, forecasts and financial modeling, sales training and coordination, promotions, packaging, distribution, etc.Helps lead and support Marketing and Sales efforts by developing effective GTM Plans, conveying clear vision and plans to achieve product road mapProactively communicates GTM plans and execution, conducting product training, participating in key sales meetings, developing and creating inputs to effective marketing and sales materials, and attending key trade shows and account meetingsJob Qualifications:Knowledge, Skill, Ability and Core Competencies:Demonstrated expertise of product management and product developmentDemonstrated strategic thinking and concept development skillsAbility to create effective strategies, clear plans and manage budgets; Ability to translate product objectives into highest ROI; strong business acumen and financial analysis skillsDemonstrated management and leadership skills; Ability to effectively work across entire organization and at all levelsDemonstrated competency in new product development and Stage/Gate development processes.Ability to translate market research to actionable business plans, product requirements and marketing plan; extensive knowledge of forecasting, business plan budgeting and product strategy and road mappingDemonstrated ability to think creatively and provide highly desirable and marketable product solutions; effective at dealing with ambiguity; Highly creative Ability to inspire, build and maintain trust and motive others; Ability to effectively work across entire organization at all levelsAbility to coach, mentor and develop direct reports and others; Provide clear direction and goals while holding people accountable; Effectively delegatesExcellent written and verbal communication skills; Active listener; Superb presentation skills.Ability to make good, timely decisions - think quickly, act decisively and inform others; Able to work independently; self-starter and self-motivatedStrong teamwork and interpersonal skillsConstantly drives for results that meet objectives while meeting or exceeding customer expectations, thus continually strengthening the brandProficient in MS Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams) and other related office platforms (web browsers / search engines)Education or Formal Training:Minimum:--Bachelor's degree in Marketing/Business or directly related work experience required.------MBA or equivalent preferredExperience:Direct or relevant combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities in qualifying.7+ years' experience in product management, new product development, strategic product planning, marketing analysis and commercialization required3+ years' experience in management and leadership of product management function strongly preferred5+ years' experience in conceptualizing and communicating new product ideas based on understanding customer needs, market gaps and applications strongly preferred.5+ years' experience developing and bring new products to market and attaining market share requiredProject Management experience preferredSustainable, environmentally friendly consumer products--experience preferredMaterial and Equipment Directly Used:Desktop PC, MS Office suite, standard computer printers and faxes, copy machines and other office equipmentAdobe, project management software (Gantt charts, Microsoft PROJECT or equivalent); ERP systems (SAGE)Working Environment/Physical Activities:Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time; Some international travelPeriodic access / communication after normal business hoursStandard business / cubicle environmentBending, and reaching forward, sideways, and overhead Finger dexterity to perform functions on computer and access filesSitting for long periods at a timeMust be located within proximity / short commute to Klean Kanteen corporate officesEQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER / AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANT / VETERANS' PREFERENCE POLICY / DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

Keywords: Klean Kanteen--, Chico , Product Director, Executive , Chico, California

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