Yankee Candle Director Product Development in Whately, Massachusetts

Director, Product Development Internal & External Search DEPARTMENT: Research and Development BUILDING: YCO - Corporate HOURS: Monday Friday, 8:30 am 5:00 pm STATUS: Exempt, Full-time Job Summary: The Director, Product Development will establish and maintain a strategic vision for the engineered quality and reliability of all new product development (NPD). The successful candidate will Identify, coordinate, and lead activities that ensure the quality and reliability standards are met for all new product launches. Model and leverage Lean, Six Sigma principles and teach these methods to the R&D organization. Manage the Research and Development (R&D) testing function and maintain a vision for best in class operating efficiency, efficacy, and consumer relevance in testing. While working effectively with other disciplines including Marketing, Industrial Design, Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain. Responsibilities: Presents top brand priorities and clear objectives for R&D vision to promote short and long-term success. Identifies big picture department strategy and defines key business unit product strategies to meet business objectives. Challenges resource utilization to drive projects that have the biggest value and maximum impact (return on investment) to the company growth objectives. Builds, establishes, and manages team budget to ensure buy-in from R&D leadership and finance. Attracts, develops, and leads technical experts to commercialize business and product solutions. Identifies and leverages technologies, global product development capabilities, and global supply networks to ensure a source of sustainable competitive advantage Leads organizational direction and change through excellent interpersonal, writing, planning, and presentations skills to build employee confidence and gain alignment. Facilitates forums to ensure ideation and technical sharing. Ensures consumer and market insights are a key driver of innovation plans and product development priorities to ensure relevant products are being brought to market. Attends conferences and educations workshops and pursues certifications to maintain technical knowledge through continuous development. Fosters the development of the innovation funnel to collaborate with Marketing and study market trends, competitive products, reviews of technology, and end user needs. Partners across Newell to leverage best practices in NPD. Key Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Engineering, Technical Engineering, or science discipline required with 10 years of product development and manufacturing experience required. 7 years previous management experience required Previous hands on experience in Lean and Six Sigma tools required with proven ability to work in a matrix organization. Must have a working knowledge of statistics, reliability, sampling, auditing and quality systems such as ISO, QS, and TQM. Previous experience in various types of manufacturing. (plastics, metals, wood, or electric commodities preferred) Proven superior interpersonal and communication skills; essential for dealing with all levels of internal and external suppliers and customers Strong interpersonal, communication and project management skills. Excellent negotiation skills required. Notice: This position is subject to a criminal background check and potentially and an education verification as part of the application process. At the time of interview, internal and external applicants will be required to sign a release authorizing the company to conduct criminal background check and/or education verification. TO APPLY: Apply online at www.yankeecandle.com