Product Manager - Office Supplies

Framingham, MA 01701

Posted: 08/31/2018 Employment Type: Contract Specialty: Sales & Marketing Job Number: 81911

Our client in Framingham, MA is seeking a Product Manager to join their team. In this contract role, you will be responsible for the development and execution of category and product level strategies. You will work to achieve sales and margin goals for existing and new SKUs by developing and executing assortment, promotional, and marketing tactics to support specific product categories. Apply today!

Responsibilities for the Product Manager:
  • Manage the tactical execution of the rolling product road map
  • Manage new product development for new products
  • Lead development of project briefs and oversee key projects to ensure they provide sales growth, margin expansion, and/or market differentiation
  • Partner with Merchants to ensure that strategies and roadmaps support their selling objectives
  • Work with internal market research teams to ensure the voice of the customer is incorporated into new products
  • Provide direction for physical package design with a focus on quality and innovation
  • Utilize the Product Lifecycle Management system to track all new projects
  • Partner with Product Development to ensure products meeting feature, quality, and timeline expectations
  • Communicate new product road maps with key stakeholders
  • Develop selling strategies and execute all merchandising, promotional, and marketing tactics intended to deliver budgeted sales and margin in the assigned categories
  • Oversee activity by the internal creative agencies to create key marketing materials, as well as category and product specific packaging briefs for promo and everyday products
  • Work with cross functional team to execute elements of the cohesive marketing plan across multiple channels and vehicles
  • Partner with Direct and Contract Merchants to support brand needs related to catalog and online presentation 
Requirements for the Product Manager:
  • Bachelor’ s Degree Required (MBA preferred)
  • Minimum 4-6 years of strong Product Management experience
  • New Product Management. Manage project timelines and demonstrate practical decision making
  • Strong analytical and financial skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, resourcefulness and a sense of urgency in accomplishing goals through collaboration and communication with all levels of management
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to clearly articulate Own Brand new product plans
  • Strong presentation skills with ability to persuade others
  • Creative thinker with passion for innovation, customer feedback and new product opportunities
  • Team player able to work cross functionally to accomplish strategic initiatives
  • Cross functional team leadership. Ability to work with across the Staples organization to lead the implementation of key projects
  • Relevant categories experience a plus – (cleaning/janitorial products, break room suppliers and/or food categories)
  • Understands current trends affecting category growth and demonstrates strong product and category curiosity
  • Some marketing experience preferred
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint capabilities
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship                      

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