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Product Developer - Medford, OR  

 

Harry & David: Where career and lifestyle meet!

 

If you are thinking about a career move, you owe it to yourself to discover a world-class corporation in a beautiful region with an abundance of lifestyle and recreation choices


Southern Oregon, One of the Jewels of the Pacific Northwest

The secret to Southern Oregon’s unique way of life is its bounty of amenities. The quality of cultural attractions rivals that found in many metropolitan areas, and the recreation supplied by the great outdoors makes Southern Oregon a coveted place to work and play.
There are few places in the United States where you can enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate and pristine surroundings while still benefiting from everything a world-class employer can offer. Orchards and wineries dot the surrounding hills. Here you can go fishing, boating, and whitewater rafting on the world renowned Rogue River, hike or mountain bike unlimited rugged and scenic trails, and still have time to spend the evening taking in a play at the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival or a concert at the Peter Britt Music Festival in historic Jacksonville.
Our area also boasts of many fine schools, public and private, including highly acclaimed Southern Oregon University. We also are home to two award-winning hospitals, un-crowded roads, and the convenient Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.


Why Harry & David, Wolferman’s and Cushman’s?

We are the nation’s foremost purveyor of gourmet fruit and food gifts through our premier direct marketing and e-commerce techniques. Harry & David’s acquisition of Wolferman’s and Cushman’s confirms our commitment to growth.
We offer a great corporate culture, competitive salary, and benefits package including medical, dental, and vision. If you love our gourmet food as much as we do, you will also enjoy a 30-45% employee discount on all of our delectable Harry & David products.

Category

Merchandising  

Position

Product Developer  

Description

POSITION SUMMARY

 

The Product Developer is responsible for product related market and competitor intelligence, product innovation and product development.  The Product Developer has pivotal responsibility in coordinating with Merchandising Managers, Purchasing, Production, Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Creative Services to ensure all products achieve Brand requirements, quality standards and financial goals. Manages the vendor relationship for new products, completes PD and PI sheets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILIITIES

Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties, assignments and specific projects may be assigned at the discretion of executive management

• Gathers and analyzes product category, lifestyle trend data and photos, culinary and flavor trends to guide the development of product lines.
• Develops new product to Merchandise Manager assortment specification to achieve department strategies and product targets (I.e. Initial mark-up percentage and price points).
• Keeps abreast of industry developments, becomes an expert in their product category and projects future trends.
• Regularly communicates and updates Merchandise Manager and business partners on the status of assortment plan objectives.
• Identify new and cost-effective product opportunities based on customer feedback and industry trends.
• Manages new vendor set-up.
• Conduct vendor due diligence to identify, qualify and select the best vendor to meet technical and quality requirements.
• Maintain current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, and new developments in purchasing, and supply chain.
• Update job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
• Other duties as assigned.

 

 

Position Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

• Bachelor's Degree in Merchandising, Design, Fine Arts, Food Science, Business or a related field is required.
• Must have 8+ years directly related experience in design and product development processes. Proven development expertise in a given category.
• Experience in specialty, food, or luxury goods desired.
• Demonstrated track record of successfully growing a business by developing and executing plans with trend right product.
• Demonstrated high taste level and creative ability including strong color sense, a refined palette, pattern merchandising ability, commercial sense and market knowledge. Ability to research and apply market/trend information.
• Strong presentation skills required. Must be comfortable speaking to large groups of people and with all levels of management.

 

Exempt/Non-Exempt

Exempt  

Location

Harry & David Corporate Office - Medford, OR  

Open Date

11/19/2014  

This position is currently accepting applications.

 

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