Product Development Manager, Hardgoods Gear

Posted Date: Jan-25-2022

Job ID: 21434

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

REI is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist, multicultural organization. To fulfill our brand promise of enabling a life well-lived outside for everyone, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. 

This job contributes to REI’s success by performing as a member of the Co-op Brands management team, contributes to the strategic direction and priorities of Product Development across gear and/or apparel; coordinates the planning, development, and implementation of department business strategies. Leads the Product Development functional area and team focused on multiple departments in developing, implementing, and managing brand focused strategies to reliably develop product to design intent, quality, margin, and timeline expectations; directs across departments with a multi-season time horizon viewpoint. Oversight of product development and product readiness for assigned product category (i.e Apparel, Gear), accountable for decisions affecting production readiness. 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 for continuous improvement
  • Develops, implements, and manages multi-seasonal product development strategy for respective product categories to fully express a world class product and brand story · Collaborates with cross-functional team in achieving successful seasonal product execution
  • 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, Quality and Testing strategy and, collaborates with cross functional Product Research, Quality and Testing support team for optimal product execution
  • Implements organizational structure and succession plan at team level

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 10+ years product development experience
  • 3+ years management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferable in design, engineering, or manufacturing
  • Strong knowledge of product development processes including design, manufacturing, and sourcing, preferably with Asian based production and cut/sewn category 
  • Strong project planning and management skills, ability to develop and manage multiple timelines and deadlines
  • Experience with Product Data Management systems
  • Ability to develop team capacity in organization, efficiency, attention to detail
  • Ability 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

REI hires, trains, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.  We remain deeply committed to making the Co-op a place where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. Join us. 

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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