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Director of Product Development

Company: Confidential Client
Location: Orange
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Job Description:



Our client is a portfolio company that includes many innovative and respected brands in the tattoo supply and pet grooming supply space. We are looking for a leader to manage and push for exciting innovative products in both the tattoo and pet space.


Reporting to the Chief Creative Officer, this role is responsible for leading the organization in research and development for new products, product enhancements and product design. The Director must evaluate the potential and practicality of products in development and relies on extensive experience and possibly outside 3rd party design/engineering firms to plan and accomplish goals.


Leaders have a vision for each of its respected divisions and it is up to the Sr. Director of Product Development to execute the vision to maintain its top position in each of the divisions.




Core Responsibilities:

  • Innovation, efficiency, prioritization, work closely with Marketing, work across divisions, good contacts with outside design firms and manufacturers, have a network of good engineers. Originate new products in concert with customer needs and business model
  • Selects correct design concepts and fundamental technology used for new products or improvement for existing ones
  • Oversees key projects, processes and performance reports, data and analysis
  • Develops and implements methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences, in order to inform management of current status of each project
  • Negotiates contracts with consulting firms to perform research or other applicable studies or support
  • Plans and formulates aspects of research and development proposals such as objective or purpose of project, applications that can be utilized from findings, costs of project, and equipment and human resource requirements
  • Manages team of industrial designers/engineers/marketing professionals on set goals through 4-5 “stage gate” process


Leadership & Development

  • Builds strong, cross-functional relationships with stakeholders and internal business partners.
  • Leads by example.



Expertise: Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Process orientation; demonstrated ability to develop repeatable processes or improve existing processes in and out of product development;
  • Project management skills; will have demonstrated the ability to push projects over the finish line with sound planning and persistent execution; will understand how to align resources, seek the input of key constituents, and manage others to achieve desired results;
  • Open and collaborative style; must be comfortable working in an environment where ideas are shared and challenged;
  • Energy and enthusiasm; candidates must find the work "fun" and enjoy being accountable and willing to hold others accountable.
  • Transparent and honest when communicating with associates and leadership team.
  • Adaptable and flexible; Able to communicate with different personalities from each of the divisions.
  • Driver for positive change where he/she sees fit.
  • Possess a network of outside design/engineering firms to help along with projects is a plus.
  • Ability to travel within United States and abroad
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Proficient in MS Office / Office 365 / collaboration tools
  • Experienced in collaboration techniques and ability to facilitate partnerships



Required Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years in product development; candidates with experience in machining, injection molding, battery and RF technology preferred
  • Bachelors in any type of engineering degree required

Keywords: Confidential Client, Orange , Director of Product Development, Other , Orange, California

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