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Product Development Manager

Job title: Product Development Manager
Contract type: Full-time
Location: New York
Industry: Beauty
Remote: No
Salary: $120K - $130K DOE
Reference: 447336
Contact name: Nora Gillern

Job description

Our client is a well-known high growth makeup at skincare brand that is looking for a new Product Development Manager to join their team!


The Product Development Manager will be responsible for managing and executing on the day-to-day product development process. This person will be the primary liaison with external vendors and CMs to ensure that concepts are communicated clearly and executed according to the brands formulation guidelines. This position will report into the Director of Product Development.


6 Month Expectations

• Pick up and oversee the development for 2024 and 2025 launches

• Research and develop expertise of the category and competitive landscape

• Initiate, write, and present cohesive and complete product briefs both internally and externally and partner with external vendors to execute against the product concept

• Responsible for internal communication with cross-functional partners as it relates to product briefs, formula feedback, copy and claims, artwork and regulatory deliverables

• Partner closely with Packaging, Design, and Product Marketing, to create a holistic product experience that engages with new and repeat consumers

• Manage critical dates and influence cross-functionally to maintain timelines for launches, managing risks and understanding tradeoffs along the development process while delivering products with the highest standards for quality and performance

• Partner closely with R&I and Regulatory to deliver and support performant formulations

• Monitor and maintain on-time delivery of critical project milestones

• Review all batch submissions as needed, including on-site approvals whenever necessary

• Support training for marketing, sales, retail and customer support, including formula dossiers, usage instructions, Q&A’s, etc. to ensure success of product in market

• Build and maintain external vendor relationships


12+ Month Expectations

• Partner with key stakeholders on the face category strategy for 2025 following with product concepts that execute on that strategy, defining how they fit within the brand portfolio, point of difference on the market, and bringing innovation to the forefront of the concept

• Support international expansion activities, including evaluation / reforms for compliance, locally relevant claims, and registration

• Work with labs, raw material suppliers, CMs, community and other partners on an ongoing basis to identify innovation and opportunities to build new iconic/hero products



• College degree required or equivalent

• 5+ years relevant work experience in beauty product development

• Experience building strong relationships with domestic and international vendors

• Ability present to small and large groups comfortably, including management and c-suite executives

• Passionate about skincare, makeup and the beauty industry

• Ability to manage multiple projects through strong prioritization and planning

• Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results

• Ability to work in fast-paced, collaborative environment

• Is a self-starter, able to take initiative, and work both independently and collaboratively

• Exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

• Is a team player, flexible and able to adapt to changes

• Ability to think both strategically and tactically with exceptional attention to detail

• Attend meetings internal and external as needed including but not limited to retailer presentations, trade shows, labs, factories, etc.

• Domestic and international travel is required

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