Associate Product Manager (entry level position)
February 20, 2017 9:10 AM

Hello all,

I'll include the whole job description below, but I do want to point out a few things.

First, while work experience is preferred, it is not required. I am absolutely willing to consider someone with no experience if they are bright and motivated.

Second, this position requires someone is both analytical and creative. The creative part gets a bit lost in the description but you would be intimately involved in the product development process and would be expected to come up with ideas for new items.

Third, it is possible to commute to this job from Philadelphia (it is what I do every day).

Job Description

Zenith Products Corporation is recruiting an Associate Product Manager. Zenith is a well-established company located in New Castle, Delaware, within easy commuting distance from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey. Our company manufactures consumer products offered in most major retail stores in categories such as shower curtain rods, shower liners and rings; mirrored medicine cabinets; shower caddies; and wood, wire, or plastic shelving and storage units.


Within a cross functional team environment, The Associate Product Manager will be responsible for executing both short and long term strategic category initiatives. He or She will develop, analyze and execute tactical product line plans through gathering market data and managing product development from conception to completion. This person will also be responsible for creating and managing materials and information for key sales presentations and business reviews. This position reports to the Director of Product Development.

Essential Job Functions
Implements and executes product development strategies from concept through to execution

Communicates and leads category projects within a cross-functional team including Design, Sourcing, Marketing Services and Sales

Assists in the strategic business review process and creates product line plans in support of the top line strategy of the product category

Researches, analyzes and delivers competitive product analysis and consumer trend insights both formally and informally through field/store visits, online research and review of trade journals; utilizes data gathered to formulate plans for growth and expansion at both the sku and category level

Responsible for management of the product portfolio on a sku and category level to ensure profitability and sku rationalization including the assortment/product mix and refresh/replacement/drop strategies

Develops a deep understanding of customer specific nuances and requirements, including but not limited to: packaging, materials specifications, testing and retail targets

Efficiently interfaces with internal systems and team members in support of the progressive execution of projects and product launches

Desired Skills, Abilities, and Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree

0-2 years of consumer products experience or related field

Able to effectively communicate both written and orally

Excellent time management and organizational skills are a must

Detail oriented; able to deliver impactful and accurate presentations

Must be able to work efficiently and effectively to ensure that deadlines are met with accuracy

Positive attitude with ability to creatively problem solve and quickly tackle internal and external obstacles

Strong analytical and financial skills; must have the ability to effectively evaluate information from both a micro and macro perspective

Solid business acumen

Proficient in the MS Office Suite

Familiarity with retail processes and structures (multiple channel tiers)

Home Furnishings experience is a plus (hard goods and textiles- manufacturing & logistics)

payscale: TBD based on experience
job type: full-time
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