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Posted: 
2021-09-24
Job Type: 
Full Time
Employment length: 
Permanent
Language requirements: 
English
Education requirements: 
No degree, certificate or diploma
Job experience: 
1 year to less than 2 years
Job industry: 
Retail
Job Location: 
Toronto

WHAT YOULL DO:

As the Product Manager you willberesponsible for overseeing the entire product life cycle and financial performance of private label collections developed outside of Indigos internal design studio. The Product Manager will work directly with the Category Managers under the supervision of the Category Director to achieve key assortment initiatives and goals.

  • In partnership with Category Director & Manager, set strategic product development and sourcing strategies for Private Label collections aligned to category strategy
  • Translate assortment strategies from Category Managers into actionable product development strategies to achieve portfolio goals
  • Develop and maintain relationships with 3rd party product development suppliers.
  • Visualizing and concepting of product brief for external suppliers after directive from category managers
  • Lead relationship development and negotiations with external, strategic sourcing & suppliers
  • Responsible for product lifecycle of private label collections (outside of internal studio) from concept, vendor negotiation, through development, to delivery
  • Responsible for achieving margin and sales goals of private label collections in accordance with category strategies
  • Manage development calendars to deliver collections to meet merchant assortment roll-out strategies
  • Oversee end-to-end process of packaging, trims, hangtags, and backstamp development and approvals for all Private Label products (including those designed by Indigos internal studio), ensuring alignment and approval from Merchant & Design Directors
  • In partnership with Quality Assurance, establish compliance and testing protocols for all Private Label product groups
  • In collaboration with Global Sourcing, ensure final sign-off for all TOP samples
  • In partnership with Merchant and Design teams, participate in and execute allocation process to determine development resource allocation between internal design studio and external product development suppliers
  • Stay current on market trends to share product and sourcing opportunities
  • Act as an advocate for the customer by placing them at the forefront of all design and decision-making processes
  • Challenge the status quo by consistently identifying areas for improvement, diagnosing issues and working to resolve them
  • Collaborate with others to drive flexible and iterative solutions, quickly and easily
  • Share technical knowledge with others and actively seek to learn from those more knowledgeable than yourself
  • Help others see the impacts of their efforts and proactively engage other functions to get input
  • Encourage others to freely share their point of view and be open to feedback
  • Model Indigos beliefs and convey a positive image in everything you do
  • Celebrate diversity of thought and have an open mindset
  • Take an active role in fostering a culture of continual learning, taking risks without the fear of making mistakes
  • Embrace, champion and influence change through your team and/or the organization

WHO YOU ARE:

  • University Degree
  • Experience in the Retail Industry in Product Development role
  • Minimum 5-8 years experience in product development or category management field with progressive leadership accountability
  • Experience in home dcor and tabletop categories strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to negotiate effectively with external vendor partners
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines and reacting quickly to shifting priorities
  • Strong time-management skills and understanding of retail calendar
  • Strong understanding of market trends and product opportunities
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Passionate for the category
  • 30% Travel for Trade Shows, Store Visits and Competition Shopping

At Indigo, we are committed to our communities, our customers, and each other; together we can make a positive impact. We know that fostering diversity and inclusion brings out your full potential and creates a joyful and welcoming environment for everyone. We are driven to be an equitable employer, which highly values your diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that you, in all your uniqueness, belong at Indigo.We welcome all applicants and encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGBTQ2+ and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request to individuals who self-identify as having a disability or special need. Please contact Human Resources at 1 (888) 881-3177 (toll free) or Support-HR@indigo.ca if you require an accommodation at any time during the recruitment process.

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