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Product Development Manager – Western Region

Summary

The Product Development Manager is responsible for a number of deliverables across the product development lifecycle, including formula and packaging development, project tracking and launch support. The role will support our turnkey division, FusionPKG BeautyLab, bringing to market full-service creative and innovative beauty solutions to existing and new customers.

This role will work closely with our customers and internal teams such as Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Packaging, Quality, Regulatory, R&D and Operations teams to ensure project launches are successful. Additionally, this role will project manage through the project lifecycle and milestones.

A key to this role’s success is the ability to project manage like a pro—coordinate and deliver projects on time and within TCOGs.  This role is vital to engaging with our customers—beauty brands—and helping them execute on their NPD needs.  This role will work on a variety of beauty product development projects with a varied mix of customers and levels of complexity.  The ability to engage with other product developers and problem solve are vital.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage all facets of developing skincare and color cosmetics products for our customers—from library formula offerings through managing custom development
  • Ability to cultivate and manage relationships with our partners and customers
  • Ability to work independently and as a team to deliver on project objectives
  • Brief our lab and provide feedback and redirects on submissions
  • Kick off initial project plan, set initial timelines then track the project through the lifecycle.
  • Track and organize lab submissions and product testing feedback; Label and file submissions according to lab, pilot and production
  • Coordinate testing with third party testing facility; Coordinates testing with internal packaging lab
  • Assist with development of customer support materials and marketing materials
  • Attend customer meetings to support the presentation of new formula, concepts and trends; Follow-up meeting agenda items and support sales team in various sales support functions, recap meeting, pull samples, white space analysis, etc.
  • Assist with the maintenance of the existing products, closely reviewing formula or shade, packaging and overall quality/aesthetic, Support trade shows presentation through knowledge of products and formula details
  • Compliance: assist in collecting/receiving mandatory compliance and regulatory documents for foreign countries
  • Assist in planning, attending and representing FusionPKG BeautyLab at industry trade shows and beauty industry events
  • Produce and present formula proposals to customers demonstrating our ability to offer creative solutions-based programs
  • Work closely with customers throughout a project’s life cycle; Troubleshoot and respond appropriately to customer issues
  • Responsible for the appropriate and timely completion of customer correspondence and sampling and quote requests
  • Drive the customer quote request process (preliminary and final)
  • Responsible for the appropriate and timely completion of administrative tasks as requested
  • Utilize Salesforce to track projects
  • Participate in product training and development programs
  • Lead or participate in other assigned projects
  • Provide market feedback to steer new innovation product offerings
Job Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Product Development, Design, Fashion, Marketing or related fields from an accredited college or university is strongly desired
  • Three or more years skincare and color cosmetics product development experience
  • A strong aptitude and passion for the beauty industry, beauty products, skin health and artistry
  • Prior Project Management/Leadership and time tracking experience strongly desired
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Ability to travel to area labs, trade shows and to Fusion’s offices in Dallas and New York
Competencies for Success

Fostering Innovation: Develops, sponsors or supports the introduction of new and improved methods, products, procedures or technology; Develops and proposes new approaches, methods, technologies or better, faster and less expensive ways of doing things; Works cooperatively with others to produce innovative solutions

Initiative: Identifies what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or required by the situation; Seeks out others involved in a situation to learn their perspectives; Takes independent action to change the direction of events

Technical Expertise:  Effectively applies technical knowledge to solve a range of complex problems; Is seen as an expert, willingly provides advice or solutions in their domain; Is proactive in keeping current in their technical field of expertise; Sets up procedures to ensure high quality of work and monitors the quality of work on a regular basis;

Conceptual Thinking: Finding effective solutions by taking a holistic, abstract or theoretical perspective; Quickly identifies the central or underling issues in a complex situation; Creates a graphic diagram showing a systems view of a situation

Influencing Others: Gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, projects and solutions. Presents arguments that address the most significant concerns and issues; Takes a personal interest in others to build healthy relationships; Accurately anticipates the implications of events or decisions for various stakeholders and plans strategy accordingly

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in an office setting.

The employee is frequently required to be in a stationary position and regularly use the computer keyboard and mouse and will view the computer monitor frequently. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential job functions.

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