Product Development Manager

Are you a perfectionist that excels in follow up and follow through?
Are you a self-starting problem solver who is conceptual and big picture oriented in project management?
Are you a fast-paced multi-tasker that thrives under a deadline and loves working on different projects?

If the answer to all three questions is yes, we want you to join our team!


Packed Party is looking for a Product Development Manager to jump in the middle of our rapidly growing team here in Austin, TX at the ground level. The individual will be responsible for supporting all pre-production development tasks; including developing technical packages for manufacturers, tracking and reviewing samples, market & trend research, technical file preparation and maintenance, design ideation, and much more. You’ll work closely with the Director of Operations and the Design Team.

Essential roles and duties

  • Extremely detailed and process oriented, helping to refine all pre-production processes

  • Highly motivated with a high sense of urgency and initiative. Always taking responsibility with a proactive mentality

  • Organization freak keeping timelines and schedules of production and processes

  • Able to work effectively under pressure and always looking for the next challenge

  • Strong attention to details and craftsmanship, ensuring that all product provided to third parties has been fully vetted

  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects and timelines

  • An over-communicator, as you will need to ensure our Design and Operations teams meet all deadlines. This individual must be comfortable communicating timing to the larger team

  • Self-starter, you see an issue with a product or packaging and you immediately fix the error and alert the team about the issue

  • Proven ability to analyze and research the market and trends for a full understanding of product categories and competitive offerings

  • Comfortable bringing creative and innovative concepts to the team to help drive ideation process

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and an ability to work independently with limited instruction

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a must Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop) is preferred

  • 3-5 Years of Product Development experience required

  • Experience producing products in a global supply chain preferred

This role would be responsible for

  • Assist with product development brainstorming and ideation

  • Work directly with the design team assisting with all open product development projects, including the all tasks required to bring the product to market

  • Assist with the development and organization of all basic technical file packages

  • This role is the subject matter expert at keeping product specifications up to date and accurate for communication with our manufacturing base

  • Oversee the technical specification documentation and handle internal communication on behalf of design team to cross-functional partners

  • Establish standards for technical specification documents and technical packets

Pre-Production Development - Operational

  • Oversee the production work stream from start to finish Prepare weekly reports to keep the team well informed of the status of all upcoming programs

  • Assist with the development and enforcement of approval processes using an excel based tracking system

  • Closely monitor the development process and ensure schedule adherence to launch through all vendor and internal channels

  • Ensure all supplier quotations and samples are completed on a timely basis for appropriate decision making to meet objectives

Market and Product Trend Analysis

  • Assist with market and trend research, constantly monitoring the competitive landscape, finding new materials, manufacturing processes and design trends that may be of use to the design and operations teams

  • Lead analysis determining if Packed Party’s prices are competitive on comparable products vs. competitors

  • Develop products to achieve unmet consumer needs

Supplier Oversight

  • Manage order execution and resolve product and production issues on a timely and proactive manner

  • Monitor supplier performance to ensure it meets or exceeds Company KPIs Assist in research to expand Packed Party’s manufacturing base

  • Assist in identifying the process and partners for PP to partner with to manufacture directly for Walmart.

Quality Control Management

  • Visiting our distribution center and leading all quality control on incoming product

  • Acting proactively to communicate with our internal team and manufacturers on any discrepancies of final product vs. final samples

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