New Product Development Manager (165-221) job Seattle Washington
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New Product Development Manager (165-221) Job

Employer Name: SpiderID: 5984790
Location: Seattle, Washington Date Posted: 2/9/2017
Wage: Negotiable Category: Wholesale
Job Code: 165-221

Job Description:

JOB PURPOSE: This position will lead the new product development initiatives within the Club & Specialty Channel. You will be responsible for all sales & market driven product development. Leads channel white space identification and concept/proposition development. You will be a key member of our Club Division team & work closely with Sales, R&D and customers to successfully bring new products to market. Responsibilities include: NPD strategic planning, market data analysis, new product development pipeline, new product development presentations, final approval on item specifications & packaging. The successful execution of these responsibilities will result in long-term sales growth and profitability within the Division.


  • Direct reports include Product Manager and Design Project Manager.

  • Develops, plans and implements new product development process in Club channel.

  • Interprets and analyzes market data.

  • Leads club customer innovation meetings from item conception to meeting execution & final prioritization of new opportunities.

  • Leads our team in quick response to club customer requests & new item joint development with customers.

  • Leads teams and works closely with other departments such as Research & Development, Operations, Finance Sales, Market Research, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

  • Works closely with Director of Sales to decide what items are developed and shown to each customer; together you will create a go to market plan for new items.

  • Works closely with Director of R&D in new pipeline development.

  • Member of company Innovation Steering Team

  • Review & refreshes core items in bake, pancake, snack in order to keep items fresh & stay ahead of competition.

  • Leads cross functional team to develop new initiatives from discovery and ideation through commercialization using the stage gate process.

  • Plans appropriately through each stage of the innovation pipeline to ensure adequate depth/resources to meet business objectives.

  • Utilizes and creates internal NPD pipeline & analytical models/tools that will support the development of new products.

  • Cross Channel Project leadership and cross channel project coordination

  • Provide quarterly updates to Planning Team Members on platform projects, new category opportunities and core item refresh projects.

  • Attend weekly R&D cuttings to provide input on project progress, make decisions, approve final concepts to be shown to customers.

  • Participates & key influencer in weekly project priority meeting with Club VP & Club Operations manager in setting priorities for the Club project managers, design manager & R&D.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills:

Leadership & Management

  • Strategic and creative thinker.

  • Curious learner.

  • Recognition and understanding of Continental Mills' brands.

  • Strong project management, organizational, communication, interpersonal skills - influencing, resolving conflict, and creative problem solving skills.

  • Ability to develop working relationships with CM internal employees and external vendors including outside sales force, designers, research vendors, potential license partners etc.

  • Creates an environment that encourages and rewards team work and collaboration, both internally and externally.

  • Systematic problem solver, implementing solution to solve root cause problems. Strong Analytically.

Coaching, Motivating and Mentoring

  • Selects, manages and develops team members.

  • Sets expectations, tracks results, and manages accountability.

  • Effective developer of people. A teacher, coach, mentor and role model.

Technical Capabilities

  • Current knowledge of the Club Channel & Food Industry.

  • Understanding of packaging and graphics.

  • Working knowledge of product development, process development, regulatory requirements and project management.

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent listener. Empathetic to individual concerns and directs necessary follow-up actions.

  • Conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization (internally and externally).

Personal & Social Competence

  • High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions.

  • Responsive, with the ability to handle changing timelines and priorities.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to travel 25-30%.

Required Experience:

  • BA/BS Degree

  • 10 years' experience in food industry

  • Prior experience in club channel product development is required including customer facing experience

The policy of Continental Mills, Inc. is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, Vietnam veteran, or national origin.

Job Criteria:
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Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
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Contact Information:
Contact Name: Continental Mills Company Type:
Company: Continental Mills

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