Product Development Manager (Physical Product) at Tiny Organics

Posted on: 07/01/2021

Location: Chicago, IL (ON-SITE)

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### Job description SUMMARY Tiny Organics is looking to hire a Product Development Manger (Physical Product) to join our fast growing team and reporting directly to our CEO of Product. Our mission at Tiny Organics is to help introduce your little one to their first 100 flavors to build healthy and adventurous eaters for life. Tiny was designed by a Neonatal Nutritionist to help meet the developmental needs of babies and toddlers. We deliver 100% organic, plant-based, fresh-frozen meals built on vegetables and essential fruits direct to your door. We’re female-founded by lifelong friends Betsy and Sofia. Betsy's son Sebastian has been eating Tiny since he was 6 months old. Our team is tiny but mighty, and we're collaborative, driven, and get things done. Our goal? To create a world where children learn to love vegetables and healthy flavors from the earliest bites. Since launching in 2019, Tiny has been featured in national publications like TechCrunch, The New Yorker, Inc, Mother, Forbes, and garnered investments from thought leaders like Gary Vaynerchuk, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker also just closing an additional $11M in Series A funding as of June 2021. ABOUT THE ROLE The Product Development Manager role will be one of our early founding hires at venture backed direct-to-consumer brand Tiny Organics. As the lead for physical product development, you will own our product development roadmap and strategy, and will coordinate the journey of new products from their infancy to their launch. This role will own all aspects of category performance: from building a scalable supply chain & increasing margin through to end-to-end new product launch; continuous innovation on our core product with a focus on sustainability. You’ll be driving brand vision and new concepts to life with innovative techniques, materials, and an uncompromising focus on the highest quality and aesthetic outcomes in a way that excites our consumers. You will have the opportunity to work with our industrial design firm, internal engineers, graphic designers as well as manufacturing partners. The role will be based remotely with preference in Chicago and will report directly to our CEO. ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES Own end-to-end new product development, from market & product research, competitive analysis, timeline development, design, sourcing, costing and packaging, and pricing from ideation through launch. Build and manage schedules and timelines for new product development. - - Manage time spent on projects by design firms, engineers, manufacturers, and graphic designers. Meet with design firms to discuss products in development and provide feedback on design and concept direction with regards to pricing concerns and feature set requirements. Source and communicate with factories to negotiate pricing, terms, and manufacturing capabilities during various points in the product development cycle for both new and existing products. Own forecasting & capacity planning, as well as sampling and manufacturing lead-times. Build and maintain long-term relationships with suppliers that treat them as part of the Tiny family and journey. Proactively build and manage our IP portfolio and work with manufacturers to commercialize innovations and protect our products. Work hand in hand with the Tiny QC team to establish priorities and communicate with factories to resolve issues. Enforce Tiny’s brand values, aesthetic and quality standards across all of our products and packaging. Partner cross-functionally with all teams to ensure brand & strategy alignment and build strong feedback loops. ABOUT YOU Have a B.A. (MBA is a plus) and 2 - 7 years in consumer product development and sourcing. Experience in home and packaging product development is a plus. Demonstrated track record of successfully developing the product vision and requirements for successful product launches and lifecycles Knowledgeable about negotiating with providers and what drives vendors’ cost structures An uncompromising obsession with high-quality work Strong aesthetic sensibility and eye for good design A love of details and a desire to always move fast and synergize speed Superior organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload autonomously Not afraid to question the status quo A fun, excitable personality and love for children PERKS A competitive salary and equity options We invest in your career and opportunities for growth Tiny for life (we eat the food too, it's really that good) Top tier benefits and flexible vacation policy Work from anywhere The best family benefits package we've seen of any company including covering childcare costs up to the age of 5 with incredible parental leave and work/life balance