Product Development Specialist

  • location: Framingham, MA
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $40 per hour
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Product Development Specialist

job summary:
Product Development Specialist - Framingham, MA

  • These are 2 contract roles expected to last 7 months.
  • Assist in the development of new consumer and/or commercial products and programs and manage the quality and performance of existing products to ensure they meet or exceed the brand standards, minimize return and defective product rates and maximize customer value and satisfaction.
Product Development Specialist - Job Duties:

  • With Specific direction, collaborate with Product Management, Merchandising, Inventory Management, Product Designers, Quality Control, Legal, Supply Chain, and Asia Sourcing to define products that meet our customers' performance and cost targets and our brand standards. Develop engineering product specifications using Marketing/Product Briefs as input. Schedule and participate in design & quality review meetings. Adhere to project timelines and maintain cross-functional business team interactions through the Develop and Launch stages of the product development process.
  • Ensure test protocols are developed that effectively confirm the specifications are met. Work with independent testing labs to test products against these protocols. Seek input from your supervisor to manage the risk associated with new product testing to ensure launch dates are met.
  • Provide input into cost negotiations and global contract manufacturer selection process. Support activities related to manufacturing start-up and pilot run process with selected factories.
  • Maintain knowledge of return and defective rates and customer comments for existing products and implement the design, material, and/or specification changes to deliver product improvements.
  • Collaborate with the Quality Manager, Merchandising, Product Management, Inventory, and if applicable, the Asia Manufacturing team to react quickly to product quality issues and to drive containment and corrective actions with the supplier.
Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business, or relevant Technical degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of related product experience
  • Limited knowledge of relevant products for the assigned categories including materials, costs, and domestic and offshore manufacturing processes and suppliers
  • 1 to 2 years experience in a manufacturing or product development environment
  • Good project management, organization, problem solving and negotiating skills
  • Ability to achieve results while staying on schedule
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a multi-functional and multi-national group and motivate team members
  • Ability to adapt to constant change and competing priorities and to manage multiple small-scale projects simultaneously
  • Curious, creative, and a demonstrated willingness to assemble / disassemble, use, interact with, and understand the inner workings of products
Compensation: $40/hr

 
location: Framingham, Massachusetts
job type: Contract
work hours: 9 to 5
education: Bachelor's degree
experience: 7 Years
 
responsibilities:
Product Development Specialist - Job Duties:

  • With Specific direction, collaborate with Product Management, Merchandising, Inventory Management, Product Designers, Quality Control, Legal, Supply Chain, and Asia Sourcing to define products that meet our customers' performance and cost targets and our brand standards. Develop engineering product specifications using Marketing/Product Briefs as input. Schedule and participate in design & quality review meetings. Adhere to project timelines and maintain cross-functional business team interactions through the Develop and Launch stages of the product development process.
  • Ensure test protocols are developed that effectively confirm the specifications are met. Work with independent testing labs to test products against these protocols. Seek input from your supervisor to manage the risk associated with new product testing to ensure launch dates are met.
  • Provide input into cost negotiations and global contract manufacturer selection process. Support activities related to manufacturing start-up and pilot run process with selected factories.
  • Maintain knowledge of return and defective rates and customer comments for existing products and implement the design, material, and/or specification changes to deliver product improvements.
  • Collaborate with the Quality Manager, Merchandising, Product Management, Inventory, and if applicable, the Asia Manufacturing team to react quickly to product quality issues and to drive containment and corrective actions with the supplier.
 
qualifications:
Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design required

- Minimum 7 years of product design experience

- Minimum 1-2 years managing direct reports

- Highly organized individual, with exceptional prioritization and time management skills

- Business acumen: Solid understanding of key metrics and functional roles

- Must be able to leverage customer and market research to identify insights that lead to game changing product offerings

- Design for Manufacture: MUST understand manufacturing thoroughly and be able to deliver technical packages to product development

o includes cut/sew, injection molding, stamping, extrusion, surface coating, etc.

- Experience working in China and US at manufacturing facilities to solve problems during development

- Software Skills

? Advanced - Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign

? Intermediate Solid works or Rhino

? Optional - Keyshot

? Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite.

- Prototyping - ability to determine the appropriate level of prototype required for project phase and source from external vendors

- Must be able to manage a budget, as well as, prepare reports as required.

 
skills: Publication Design
Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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