Product Development Manager, Cycle

Posted Date: Sep-21-2021

Job ID: 21320

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Product Design/Development

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No

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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by performing as a functional leader and key member of the Co-op Cycles management team.  This role sets strategy for the product development team in close partnership with leadership and other functions, plans effectively and successfully delivers the respective annual goals set.

Leads the Product Development functional area and team to reliably develop and specify product to meet design intent, quality, margin and timeline expectations; directs across a multi-season viewpoint.   Oversight of new product development and product readiness for all cycle categories, accountable for decisions affecting production readiness, costing, compatibility and performance.  Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
  • Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods and practices to promote REI key messages.
  • Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results.
  • Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
  • Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
  • Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
  • Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to employees in order to achieve department, company and customer results.
  • Establishes and maintains visibility within the department.
  • Monitors operational statistics, reports trends, variances and issues, and takes appropriate action.
  • Develops, implements and manages multi-seasonal product development strategy for respective cycle categories to fully express a world class product and brand story.
  • Details, monitors and ensures compliance to seasonal timeline milestones, recommends changes for milestones as needed.
  • Defines and Implements practices consistent with industry best practice or REI SOP.  Identifies, develops and executes on opportunities for process improvement at team level.
  • Contributes to on-going requirements identification and development of systems to support the product function.
  • Ensures department level deliverables align with Product Research, Testing and Quality strategy, collaborates with cross functional Product Research, Testing and Quality support team.
  • Implements organizational structure and succession plan at team level.
  • Ensure organizational efficiency through effective motivation, delegation and proper coaching/ development of the functional team.
  • Ensure that the product development function implements required product standards for all respective cycle categories to support the Division’s product strategy.
  • Ensure continuous product and process improvement with emphasis on quality development and execution of products in accordance with the operating calendar.
  • Ensure all relevant production documents are created, filed, and communicated to the respective parties within the given deadlines. Ensures proper change management as necessary.
  • Monitor and continuously improves workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT-systems, data and analysis.
  • Allocate/delegate the different products/projects to the respective product developers, considering experience, product complexity and workload.
  • Build up and develops the team (objective setting, assessments, training, development) and fosters productive cross-category cooperation with the other key managers/relationships. 
  • Manage budgets in a timely and accurate manner.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 10+ years product development experience.
  • 3+ years management experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferable in engineering, or manufacturing.
  • Excellent ability to specify bike components that meet compatibility, performance and costing requirements
  • Strong knowledge of product development processes including design, manufacturing and sourcing, preferably with Asian based production.
  • Strong project planning and project management skills, ability to develop and manage multiple timelines and deadlines.
  • Experience with Product Data Management systems and product documentation.
  • Ability to develop team capacity in organization, efficiency, attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively cross functionally with department leaders to develop and tune shared business processes.
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
  • Establishes trust and inspires others.
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics.
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to same.
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers. 
  • Fosters change in company direction.
  • Effectively plans and executes changes.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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