Assistant Product Development Specialist | Job in Portland, OR. | Retail Odyssey | #2023-427093

Assistant Product Development Specialist

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Position Summary

The Product Development Assistant helps the Senior Product Developer manage all aspects of product development including design development, presentations, P&L and production execution for various lines.  Act as vendor liaison for issues including cost negotiation, PO’s, shipment delays, quote sheets, design changes etc.  This role is dedicated to multiple product lines and provides significant communication with various regional and international vendors.

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What we offer:

  • Full-Time Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life)
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Training and Career Development
  • Generous Paid Time-Off


  • Work with suppliers to develop new product offerings based off of market research and analysis of the marketplace and trade shows trends for emerging products
  • Responsible for negotiating costs with suppliers
  • Create packaging specifications
  • Manage the in-house art designs for packaging
  • Work with compliance to ensure labeling specifications are accurate and compliant with applicable regulations
  • Factor in currency movement/conditions into the product development process and be prepared to react accordingly
  • Source packaging materials (boxes, displays, ribbons, etc.) and coordinate co-packing needs as required
  • Meet production timelines
  • Complete item set up in Centric
  • Manage P&Ls, ensuring that all costs in respective P&Ls are aligned and finalized
  • Proof and complete Quote Sheets for the buying team
  • Proof/Manage all rounds of product samples until all stakeholders sign off on final approved product
  • Create presentations with pertinent information including the item specifications, pictures and key selling features for the buying teams and merchandising management
  • Educate sales team on the details and nuances of the programs and fully equip the salesperson with all data needed to close the sale


  • (Required): Associate's Degree or equivalent experience
  • (Preferred): Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience   
  • Field of Study/Area of Experience:  Product Development /0-2 years of experience in Product Development   
  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong prioritization skills
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Analytical and research Skills
  • Knowledge of product lifecycle and policy and procedure development techniques
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to make oral presentations
  • Ability to ensure a high level of service and quality is maintained
  • Ability to work effectively with management
  • Ability to research and analyze data effectively
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment
  • Flexible and adaptable, able to change and alter according to changes in projects or business environment
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties with minimal supervision, in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadline
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browser

Assistant Product Development Specialist

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