Manager, Product Development – Haircare & Grooming

New York, NY
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Debra Powell

Job Description:

This is a Direct Hire/Permanent opportunity.

Lead all product development from concept to launch for the brand: 
· Identify key consumer/industry trends to design competitive, consumer and pro-relevant concepts and claims that are in line with the brand’s strategy. 
· Work closely with R&D to identify technology, story ingredients but also benchmarks, form/texture/fragrance direction to ensure feasibility from a timing and pricing perspective before presenting to the brand. 

· Deep understanding of the men category, haircare, grooming and skincare preferred
· Communicate with other PD category heads (hair and skincare) to leverage existing forms and technologies. 
· Align with marketing on product direction and claims and lead claim consensus forms and calls. 
· Participate and contribute to all development meetings and alert manager and brand when necessary of upcoming delays and risks while proposing solutions and options to resolve them. 
· Align with marketing on formula approval. 
· Approve copy, education and communication materials to ensure it is in line with product concept and approved claims. 
· Approve pilot, line trials and 1st production batches to ensure they match approved formulas. 

· Approve all on going reformulations for texture and performance characteristics. 

· Lead innovation meetings with brand and cross functional teams (R&D, Packaging) once a year 
to review key trends, technology and packaging innovations and work with the brand to identify their future 3 Year innovation pipeline. 

Preferred & Required Skills: 
· Majority of experience in marketing/product development. 
· Deep understanding of the men category, haircare, grooming and skincare. Knowledge of the Pro environment is a plus. 
· Entrepreneurial spirit and solution-oriented mindset. Know how to get the information if needed. 
· Organized and structured to be able to track multiple programs, most of them fast tracks, all while being flexible to changes during the course of developments.