Kforce Product Manager in Framingham, Massachusetts

Kforce has a client in search of a Product Manager in Framingham, Massachusetts (MA). Summary: The PM will work to achieve sales and margin goals for existing and new SKUs by developing and executing assortment, promotional, and marketing tactics to support specific product categories. The primary functions include developing, communicating, and executing against a rolling product roadmap for key categories within his/her categories that provide a steady stream of new products. To best manage the new product pipeline and grow sales of existing items, the PM will work closely with a cross functional teams including partners from Merchandising, Product Development, Design, Marketing, and Operations to deliver products and selling strategies that differentiate client vs. the competition. Essential Job Functions: The Product Manager is responsible for the development and execution of category and product level strategies which:

  • Support the overall client's Brands Group's goals and objectives

  • Drive profitable overall sales and margin growth in his/her assigned categories across the North American business units

Own Brand Product Strategic Planning:

  • Manage the tactical execution of the rolling product road map as defined by the Vice President or Director of Product Management for his/her specified categories that is aligned with the categories' Own Brand role designation

New Product Management:

  • Manage new product development for new products

  • Lead development of project briefs and oversee key projects to ensure they provide sales growth, margin expansion, and/or market differentiation

  • Partner with merchants to ensure that strategies and roadmaps support their selling objectives

  • Work with internal market research teams to ensure the voice of the customer is incorporated into new products

  • Provide direction for physical package design with a focus on quality and innovation

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Minimum 4 to 6 years of strong Product Management experience

Preferred Skills:

  • MBA preferred

  • New Product Management; Manage project timelines and demonstrate practical decision making; Organized professional with strong sense of urgency

  • Strong analytical and financial skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, resourcefulness and a sense of urgency in accomplishing goals through collaboration and communication with all levels of management

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to clearly articulate Own Brand new product plans

  • Strong presentation skills with ability to persuade others

  • Creative thinker with passion for innovation, customer feedback and new product opportunities

  • Team player able to work cross functionally to accomplish strategic initiatives

  • Cross functional team leadership; Ability to work with across the Staples organization to lead the implementation of key projects

  • Relevant categories experience a plus - (cleaning/janitorial products, break room suppliers and/or food categories)

  • Some marketing experience preferred

  • Understands current trends affecting category growth and demonstrates strong product and category curiosity

  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint capabilities

Kforce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.Compensation Type:Hours