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Product Manager

Company: Watkins Wellness
Location: Vista
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

We are hiring a Product Manager to join our Product Management team!DISCOVERAre you an experienced Product Manager looking to join a close-knit, fun-loving team and make an impact at a high-growth global company? As Product Manager, you will oversee the life cycles of our Freeflow Spas -, Fantasy Spas -, and AHS products from cradle to grave, in support of Company product strategies and initiatives. This position reports to the Director of Product Management and works closely with internal Program Managers, Design, Marketing Creative, Marketing Communications, Sales teams, and our customer channels to advance new and existing product initiatives. Working together with the VP of AHS and the wider team, you will lead the development of overall strategy for our Freeflow Spas -, Fantasy Spas -, and AHS products, in a sector of the business that is opportunity-rich and primed for significant growth.YOUR RIPPLE EFFECT

  • Are you driven by a passion for the customer? We are looking for someone who understands the Voice of Customer (VoC) and can translate customer needs into product requirements. We'll look to you to drive market research activities to identify unmet customer needs, improve product features and benefits, create competitive differentiation, and develop solutions to optimize the business.
  • Can you manage product life cycles? You will initiate the development of new product ideation and will develop business plans for new products, evaluating their potential and overseeing progress through various stages of development. You will also be tasked with evaluating strengths, weaknesses, and sales and margin performance of existing products, and making recommendations for additions, enhancements, phase-outs, etc. In this role you'll manage the product life cycle from ideation through end of life.
  • Do you work well cross-functionally? As a member of the cross-functional New Product Introduction (NPI) team, you will participate in weekly meetings and work frequently with members of the Engineering, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Quality, Finance, and Sales departments. This role will require you to consult with other departments to evaluate new product concepts, existing product enhancements, and cost savings.
  • Can you tell the story behind the numbers? As part of your forecasting duties, you will collect insights, analyze data, and succinctly illustrate the story behind the numbers in order to recommend the related forecast go-forward plan. You will create, monitor, and update sales forecasts and work closely with Production Control and Purchasing to manage end-of-life product cycles and ensure adequate product inventory is available to meet customer demand.
  • Can you effectively lead projects? You'll direct project progress by adhering to tight timelines and motivating cross-functional teams to work toward well-defined goals. You will also provide strategic analysis and recommendations to define parameters related to project resources, scope, and costs.
  • Are you a reporting guru? In support of various business activities, you will develop monthly and annual sales and marketing reports. You will also be responsible for developing key performance metrics and regularly reporting them to senior management. Other reporting duties will include analyzing market trends and competition and evaluating product margins to make pricing recommendations.
  • Are you an effective communicator? You will create and/or oversee product communications, announcements, and trainings. Additional communication duties will include preparing and presenting product information to senior management, the Sales team, and channel partners, including in large group settings such as meetings, channel partner conferences, webinars, etc.
  • Are you system-savvy? Working in our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, you will authorize change orders for assigned products, manage part numbers and related information, and perform other system-oriented tasks.WHAT YOU BRINGResearch shows that candidates often don't apply to positions unless they meet 100% of the job criteria. We are looking for active learners and people who care about taking advantage of the opportunities provided. We encourage you to apply even if you feel you do not meet all of the requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor's Degree (B.S.) in a relevant field required, Advanced degree (M.S/MBA) is preferred. A minimum of 6-7 years of Product Management experience, similar in scope to the responsibilities outlined above, is required. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
    • Prior experience should include an understanding of consumer products, product management, product roadmaps, dealer-direct and mass merchant channels, brand and product positioning.
    • High-ticket durable goods or hot tub industry experience desired.
    • Experience working with mass merchant customers a plus.
    • High proficiency level in Microsoft Office products such as MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PPT required.
    • Experience with ERP systems (e.g., Navision, Oracle) and forecast software and/or models desired.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels in the organization. Ability to present information to executive level management, project teams, dealer conference attendees, etc.
    • Ability to effectively work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment.
    • Willingness and ability to travel up to 10-15% of the time for channel partner visits, channel partner training at conferences/meetings, trade shows, company meetings, etc.WHAT YOU'LL GETAt Watkins Wellness, we believe everyone should 'Feel good. Live well.' We offer employees the opportunity to join a dynamic, growing industry leader with an outstanding and well-deserved reputation for leadership and commitment to our employees, customers, and community. Our employees are eligible to receive exceptional health and wellness benefits, paid time off, company bonus, profit sharing, 401k match, education assistance, and much more. We are proud of the people we are and the products we make - products that make a difference to the health and well-being of others.At Watkins Wellness, we believe that everyone should 'Feel good. Live well'. We offer employees the opportunity to join a dynamic, growing industry leader with an outstanding and well-deserved reputation for leadership and dedication to our employees, customers, and community. Our employees are eligible to receive exceptional health and wellness benefits, paid time off, company bonus, profit sharing, 401k match, education assistance, and much more. We are proud of the people we are and the products we make - products that make a difference to the health and well-being of others.We look for candidates that exhibit The Watkins Way (always Ethical, endeavor to be Transparent, embrace Inclusion, welcome a Diverse group of backgrounds and perspectives, Accommodating, believe in Work-Life Balance, put Safety First, are Accountable, value Relationships, are Passionate, a Team Player, and Results Oriented).The employee may frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Company: Watkins ManufacturingFull timeWatkins (the "Company") is an equal opportunity employer and we want to have the best available persons in every job. The Company makes employment decisions only based on merit. It is the Company's policy to prohibit discrimination in any employment opportunity (including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, salary increases, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment) based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical/mental disability, medical condition, marital/domestic partner status, military and veteran status, height, weight or any other such characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company regardless of where the employee is located and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company.Watkins is an E-Verify employer. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees in the United States. Please click on the following links for more information.E-Verify Participation Poster: English & SpanishE-Verify Right to Work Poster: English & Spanish

Keywords: Watkins Wellness, Vista , Product Manager, Executive , Vista, California

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