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Manager, Product Development

Job Location Minneapolis, Minnesota

Position Purpose

This position will lead and be responsible for product development through all phases of new product development; translating product vision into tangible products. The focused responsibility is on mattress category. This position is responsible for interacting and informing numerous cross-functional counterparts regarding product development activities. This position will deliver revenue and profitability growth within the category through cross functional collaboration and project team leadership.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage and be responsible for product development and launch activities for:
    • Promotional mattresses
    • Value-driven mattress offerings
    • Wholesale/QVC mattresses
    • Product enhancements and current product support
    • Material cost reductions
  • Lead and/or support sub-projects within major product developments in coordination with the overall project goals and objectives
  • Within assigned product category, responsible for development and management of new product pipeline, including VOC, business case development and justification, needs requirement definition
  • Support collaboration across broad cross-functional teams to develop products with features and benefits in support of product positioning and brand vision; support the cross-functional needs of groups including Brand, Engineering, Manufacturing
  • Lead and/or participate in cross functional project teams representing the product function
  • Perform other market, customer, competitor or product research as required

Key Performance Indicators

  • On time, accurate, and on budget execution of product launches
  • Deliver products with features and benefits of value to the consumer and support the brand vision
  • Effectively influence and communicate with cross-functional partners, create and maintain positive working relationships
  • Product unit and revenue growth for within the category
  • Margin expansion and maximizing margin dollars through pricing, cost reductions, and/or organizational efficiencies
  • Achievement of company priorities, considering broader implications of department work and decisions. 

Position Requirements 

  • 5+ years of experience in marketing, product development/management, engineering, or technical sales
  • Project management experience required
  • Four-year BS/BA degree required, MBA preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge/exposure to general product development practices
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Has a data-driven common-sense approach to execution; able to find and manipulate complex data with the ability to dissect opportunities
  • Able to work and think independently, meet tight deadlines, mobilize resources and determine key stakeholders quickly
  • Decisive, creative, high energy and ability to energize others
  • Excellent communication, presentation, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills, particularly able to deliver concise conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced environment with constantly changing deadlines and multiple priorities
  • Strong follow-up, attention to detail and strong organization is a must
  • Team-oriented and strong interpersonal skills; ability to build trust, rapport and influence others within the team and cross-functional teams

Working Conditions (if applicable)   

  • Standard office environment
  • Potential of non-business hour work (nights, weekends, holidays) for business-critical work
  • Ability to travel 10%
  • Ability to handle SleepNumber® mattress products when necessary including: set-up, tear-down and relocation of beds/product in the course of product development lifecycle

Sleep Number is an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of sex; race; color; creed; national origin; religion; age; marital status; pregnancy; physical, mental, communicative or sensory disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

Job ID R3033
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