Sr. Product Development Specialist APPLY NOW

San Leandro, CA
Full time

Role Description

Mellow Home is in search for a Sr. Product Development Specialist to drive and own new product development within emerging and existing categories in the Home Furnishing space.

The ideal candidate should be passionate about product innovation, market trends and be customer obsessed. This position is responsible for supporting business growth initiatives through development and execution for the Mellow Home brand across multiple categories and channels in e-commerce. They will curate a top of class assortment of products and collections driven by data analysis and will work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure growth goals are achieved. The candidate should feel comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment, and always seek ways for improvement and efficiency. This role has on-site requirements through a hybrid model.

Core Responsibilities

  • Own and drive the product development calendar with cross-functional teams such as design, merchandising, marketing, and forecasting teams
  • Manage the item detail matrix for new products specs, packaging dimensions, costing, work-in-progress timelines
  • Support the ideation and execution of new product through the process pipeline
  • Research and run competitive analysis to keep abreast of market trends and eCommerce trends to support short and long-term strategies
  • Work cross-functionally across merchandising, forecasting, sales, marketing, and design teams to drive alignment on new product strategies
  • Facilitate sample requests with sourcing partners and coordinate order placement
  • Manage new product post-commitment process / New Product Introduction
  • Track and report updates on development calendar
  • Act as a liaison between overseas manufacturers and internal teams such as marketing and sales on various projects such as content creation, copy, sample requests
  • Manage internal item set up process and centralize main product spec records across assortment for all new products
  • Monitor and share product/category-specific performance and reviews to generate actionable assortment insights
  • Develop an understanding of global development lead-times


You will excel in this role if you

  • Have the technical aptitude to quickly grasp complex issues
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and can execute with limited direction
  • Are nimble and agile - able to shift quickly based on business priorities


Skills and Minimum Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in product development, merchandising or project management
  • Dynamic thinker with strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and collaboration skills with cross-functional teams
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a high level of information retention
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Affinity for process improvement, creation, and a strong eye for quality and category trends
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Proficiency in MS Office - Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook

Nice to Haves

  • Experience in furniture or home categories
  • Experience with global sourcing and international vendors
  • Experience with BI tools such as Tableau


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