Head of Product Development & Sourcing

Recruiter
Super Smalls
Location
New York City, New York (US)
Posted
21 Sep 2022
Closes
21 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Super Smalls is a digital-first play-centric kid’s brand that celebrates the sparkle in all of us. We are a destination for wonder and joy and we make ultra giftable products designed to ‘wow’.

We are on the lookout for a Head of Product Development & Sourcing with an entrepreneurial spirit and deep experience in e-commerce and retail. The Head of Product Development is a key member of the Senior management team, reporting to the Chief Design Officer (CDO).

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage all aspects of the product development lifecycle from concept to deliver. Including factory sourcing and vendor allocation, sampling, costing, regulatory compliance, ordering, quality and delivery.
  • Manage current and build new product assortments that align with company goals, pricing and margins strategies, and customer appeal. 
  • Create and manage product development calendar and cross functional touchpoints by product category. Drive the execution and manage workflow and milestones from end to end.
  • Directly correspond with overseas vendors on day to day PD progress. Communicate professionally and effectively to establish and maintain strong business relationships.
  • Negotiate pricing, minimums, timelines, and all costs involved in product development. 
  • Analyze sales and identify key trends to maximize opportunities in the assortment, in order to achieve continued growth and profitability.
  • Ensure product is compliant through initial regulation requirements in product sourcing as well as generating internal testing requests to perform required product testing.
  • Analyze and identify product assortment needs for development for sourcing and buying trips that reflect market trends, match customer needs, and respond to company initiatives and brand identity.
  • Closely work with the Operations team to ensure merchandise meets company quality standards.
  • Collaborate with e-commerce and creative teams to ensure the integrity of all product information, descriptions, and attributes.. 
  • Contribute to product ideation and maintain a thorough understanding of industry trends and market needs/opportunities through extensive market research, including competitive analysis, off-site trendspotting, web research, customer feedback, trade show attendance, etc.
  • Travel both domestically and internationally to trade shows, as needed.
  • Participate in sales meetings, trade shows, and team activities.

ABOUT YOU

  • 7-10 years of professional experience in end to end product development, sourcing and supply chain. Crafts, Toys, kid space preferred.
  • Has experience with and enjoys the start up’s growth mindset
  • Natural leader, comfortable managing teams and positively influencing the culture
  • Have excellent analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • Passionate about product manufacturing
  • Luxury design sensibility
  • Welcome a positive fast paced culture 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

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