Product Manager - Water sports and Performance wear
Our Client is a key player in water sports equipment with products specifically designed for leisure markets including diving, sailing, surfing, kayaking, and safety equipment. We have a unique opportunity for an individual to join the team as a Product Manager.
The role would suit a real enthusiast with first hand user experience of water sports equipment. A unique opportunity to combine your career with your passion for performance sportswear!
- Reporting to CEO, the individual will manage product creation from initial market research, pricing, sampling, sampling process to finished product design.
- Liaising with the Marketing department to ensure clear understanding of product USP’s and market needs.
- To monitor existing range performance to minimise SKU’s whilst maximising profits for the company.
- Liaising with factored goods suppliers, existing and sourcing new suppliers, to maximise the potential of existing lines and potential new lines.
- The position covers the leisure and safety products of three Brands and brand management in liaison with licensors.
- Analyse existing range performance highlighting product lines,that require development and minimising SKU’s whilst maximising profits
- Run market research highlighting potential new product lines to include market price points, target costs and potential margin gain
- Manage and update range plan with new agreed product developments, target costs, trade and retail pricing
- Liaise with sales to agree and finalise all product trade pricing
- Manage supplier relationships with regards to new product development including target costs, proto sampling and final product sign off
- Research new and maintain existing supplier relationships, including off shore supplier visits when necessary
- Manage product development budget as agreed
- Brief and liaise with the marketing department to deliver relevant on time product marketing messages on all new lines
- Brief and liaise sales management to deliver clear and concise product messages for the sales team (internal and external) including assisting in the relevant season sales launch meetings
- Assist in managing product lifespan, including product deletion and associated stock value risk, highlighting areas of concern to sales when required
- Discuss the product with press when required
- Set product price to meet groups revenue goals and market expectations
- Prepares regular reports about product revenue
- Gather customer feedback to determine ways that product can be improved
- Demonstrates the products to customers, where appropriate
- Stay up-to-date with industry competitors and competitor product developments
- Candidates with a Technical or Product Development or Product Management background specialising in either performance wear including water sports, wetsuits and/or safety equipment would be ideal for this role.
- First hand user experience of water sportswear and equipment is essential. Preference given to candidates with a real interest in outdoor sports.
- Previous experience in a similar role required, either in manufacturing, supplier, Brand or Retail.
- Connections with key industry suppliers would be essential
- An excellent knowledge of new product development procedures.
- Previous experience of product costing, product engineering and an understanding margin gain required.
- Location of this position can be flexible between Client's facilities in Yorkshire or Hampshire but candidates must be flexible to travel nationally and internationally when required.
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