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Product Manager Buyer

Product Manager/Buyer    -    Posted: February 8, 2018
Job #: 11086
Work Experience: 5+ years experience
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Career Level:
Status: Full - Time
Education: BA or BS in Interior Design, Product Development or similar
Market Segment: Home Furnishings
Location: Upstate New York, NY
Job Short Description:
Lead and manage all aspects of the Product Development department collaborating closely with Merchandise Planning and Design for a internationally renowned brand.
Job Description:

About the Company:

Founded in 1983, our client is an internationally renowned brand that has a truly unique style. They produce tableware and home furnishing that are quirky, creative and internationally renowned. They're seeking a Product Manager that will manage all aspects of the Product Development department collaborating closely with Merchandise Planning and Design. Job focuses include but not limited to; new product design, sourcing, managing, negotiating, editing and analyzing product categories for the brand.


  • Research unique opportunities for new products in assigned categories that support our brand direction
  • Work with vendors to identify new manufacturing opportunities within manufacturer’s area of expertise
  • Make sure all new development supports brand direction
  • Maintain knowledge of home furnishings market trends and competition
  • Attend trade shows as appropriate for category growth
  • Identify trends in categories, styles and silhouettes
  • Lead development of unique offerings with direction and approval of Creative Director & VP of Product Development
  • Create and organize new product lists for each season
  • Outline groundwork for new products for future seasons through constructive conversations using data analytics and creative thinking
  • Develop collections within assigned themes within a range of product value for each collection

Business Management:

  • Project Management - manage the life cycle of all products, strategic planning, product assortment, vendor selection, communication with the vendor, sampling, sales collateral and packaging
  • Ability to negotiate finished costs, pricing, timely delivery, and getting products to market in an organized and timely manner
  • Promote growth in categories through planning and product development strategies
  • Lead constructive discussions with executive team in respective categories during the semi-annual new product meetings and style-outs
  • Protect the QC by frequent communication with manufacturing resources through production phases.
  • Collaborate with all business channels to support category sales and strategies
  • Review and advise on forecasts, sales trends and sales results
  • Negotiate tooling, testing and product costs and MOQs to achieve the best possible outcome
  • Communicate all delay and production issues with management -- Manage these to a minimum
  • Manage new product lists with product planning through weekly updates
  • Analyze potential partner relationships for products
  • Ensure that proprietary designs are protected as best as possible at all manufacturing sources
  • Finalize NDA contracts with all new suppliers
  • Visit agents and manufacturing sources on an as-needed basis as the budget permits
  • Support budget preparation with travel and tooling cost plans
  • Communicate and establish standards for all new product details to Quality Assurance Department
  • Create and finalize BOMs when needed for all new products
  • Update all manufacturing sources with any/all changes to products

Job Requirements:

  • Requires a BA or BS Degree
  • Proven Microsoft Office 365 skills
  • Exceptional Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to build Excel models given a general or specific objective
  • Requires strong organization skills, attention to details , ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have relevant professional experience managing some or all facets of a merchandise planning function

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Appreciation and respect for cultural and language diversity
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Professional presence and articulate presentation
  • Open-minded and inquisitive to learn new things
  • Familiarity and adeptness with modern office technology
  • Analytical thought process and problem solving skills
  • Travel globally, at times for 2 weeks
  • Some heavy lifting required


  • $65-85K + based on experience and track record
  • Benefits package
  • Internal growth opportunities

Susan Smey