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Manager, Product Development

Want to be a part of something awesome? Be part of a team working in one of the most innovative, exciting retail spaces in the country. JOANN has become more than a place where people buy fabric and crafts; it's a place where people come together to celebrate making things with their hands, hearts, and minds. Every day, we strive to inspire creativity in ourselves and our customers. Join us in having courage, cleverness and passion as we help people find their happy place.
Summary
The Manager, Product Development will drive the profitable growth of JOANN's private brand business (Sewing, Seasonal, Craft) through innovative, trend correct and competitively differentiated products exceeding our customer's expectations for value and style. The Manager, Product Development will direct a team of Designers and/or Associate Product Managers in the development of exclusive highly curated products for JOANN. The Manager, Product Development will work with merchants to develop the strategic direction and lifestyle-appropriate assortments. The Manager, Product Development will ensure that the communication between all cross functional participants is open, efficient, timely and accurate. The Manager, Product Development is responsible for all aspects related to product assortments as they relate to Product Development.
Scope
Strategize and develop assortments and key items in accordance with the JOANN Merchandising Strategy in collaboration with vendors. Articulates vision and drives innovative, trend relevant, and competitively both written and verbal communication skills. Oversee their day to day responsibilities and continue their development and understanding of trend, product development, and differentiated private brand product assortments.
Develop the product team on all financial aspects of the business.
Manage the product development timelines to ensure all key milestone dates are achieved.
Evaluate market trends to seek out future opportunities, determine price/value comparisons, and make recommendations to the buying teams based upon findings.
Analyze product performance metrics and apply results accordingly to future decision making and assortment strategies.
Works directly with vendors and factories to evaluate product ideas and decides which products and ideas are worth pursuing. This involves ensuring strategy, pricing and quality objectives are being exceeded.
Lead cross-functional development meetings throughout the product development cycle.
Education Requirements
Minimum: BA in Marketing, Business Management, or Fashion Merchandising.
Experience
Minimum: 5+ years in managing a team of direct reports. Experience in a Product Development role.
Preferred: International travel experience.
Our company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. This job summary is intended to be brief and does not list all the duties for this position. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an express or implied contract of employment. Jo-Ann Stores, LLC. is an at-will employer, which means that your employment may be terminated by the Company or yourself with or without notice or cause unless the at-will arrangement is modified by a written agreement signed by both you and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

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