Product Development Manager

Scholastic   •  

Lake Mary, FL

Industry: Media


5 - 7 years

Posted 41 days ago

Position Overview

Manage product development for assigned businesses with minimal supervision. Meet all schedule, cost, quality and confidentiality requirements.
Develop and Manage a staff of Planners/Product developers.

Job Responsibilities

Manage product development and estimating of scale and non-scale products in accordance with pricing guidelines, while working closely with business managers on packaging, function and design direction while adhering to master schedules for new products.
Set up and maintain appropriate cost planning records
Analyze bids and negotiate pricing to determine and make vendor recommendation in order to achieve gross margin and savings goals. Focus on balancing savings with features, quality, and display of product.
Perform basic financial and statistical analysis to develop purchasing profiles and bid proposals
Manage the flow, creation and/or verification of purchase order payments, Wire Transfers, working directly with vendors, and Corporate Treasury to assure timely payment and receipt of commercial documents.
Estimate scale and non-scale products in accordance with pricing guidelines and in adherence to master schedules
Investigate and resolve cost variances in a timely manner
Liaise with Product Safety to ensure that all vendors are providing proper safety documentation
Work closely with Director of Planning on crisis management of reorders and assist in finding and vetting substitute products and vendors
Work directly with Procurement, Supply, Logistics, Scholastic Businesses and vendors to prioritize title lists and ensure that products are completed and shipped in time to meet end use dates
Oversee approvals at all stages of preproduction
Oversee adherence to budget on all individual titles. Budgetary responsibility of approximately $150K per year
Works with Category Managers/Buyers and Editorial to distill ideas into product concepts and determines product specifications
Research current concept designs and investigate unique interpretations
Ensure all invoices are processed in a timely manner and variances are resolved
Monitor metrics of master schedules and track deviations for all titles. Identify issues, work to resolve them and share with Supervisor on a regular basis
Provide status updates. Ensure accuracy of information in Epic
Demonstrate the ability to resolve file issues without assistance from Supervisor
Create and implement preproduction schedules from conception through completion of final product, based upon master schedules, vendor lead times and specific end use needs
Conduct color reviews and press checks as needed to align with quality standards. Authorized to reject proofs where necessary
Track and report vendor issues to share with Global Procurement Team
Ensure that all titles go through safety testing and work through issues with safety team to resolve prior to final testing
Oversee file deposits to the Scholastic archive
Review work processes on a regular basis to determine ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs and incorporate new technology
Responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with our partners inside and outside of Scholastic
Develop and manage a staff of planners/product developers


Additional Information

* Effective communicator at all levels

* Strong knowledge of prepress and printing

* Ability to train and manage a staff
* Basic paper knowledge

* High motivation, assertiveness, flexibility and adaptability to change

* Problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills

* Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload

* Ability to make decisions and recommendations in high pressure work environment
* Basic safety knowledge
* Moderate negotiation skills

* Demonstrate productivity in a team environment

* Geographic Responsibility - Country: USA
* Budget - Annual Budget ($150K)

Managerial Responsibility
* Full

Job Requirement
* Education - Bachelor/University
* Experience - 5-8 years