Client located on the Southside of Jacksonville in need of an Associate Product Manager. This position supports the Senior Product Manager and will work closely with outside parties (customers, vendors) and internal parties (finance, warehouse, purchasing) to profitably manage product lines?minimal inventory write-offs, high profitability, low working capital commitment, continued growth, high quality, high customer satisfaction.
Work closely with creative teams to determine and refine product specifications. Work with factories through all phases of new product development.
Negotiate all costs with vendors to ensure organization is getting the best price possible at the lowest possible required purchase quantity.
Perform cost analysis to determine feasibility of new product concepts and pricing strategies.
Work with Creative Directors, SPM and Executives to apply SKU rationalization principles to aid in inventory management and overall program and product line success.
Maintain and manage product timelines to meet aggressive launch dates.
Ensure vendors comply with customer product compliance requirements, working with internal product compliance specialist to ensure paperwork, samples, and results are gathered in a timely manner.
Track product development progress in Quickbase, ensuring information is accurate.
Manage the new item set-up process (both internally and at the customer level give marketing/sales support the information needed to set up items in vendor portals) and ensure Macola and Wisys information (dimensions, duty codes, etc) is accurate.
Coordinate domestic and international production and shipping timing.
Work with Sales, Marketing and Product Development resources as needed to adjust product lifecycle planning by analyzing inventory and profitability reports.
Work with marketing/sales coordinators to fulfill sample requests from internal and external customers.
Working hours: Monday - Friday
Proficient with Microsoft Office software applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
The ability to work with all levels of employees in a professional manner
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Strong customer service practices
Ability to work independently
Strong organization skills
Strong and consistent attention to detail
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