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Head of Product Development

Founded in 1987, HoMedics is a leader in consumer health, wellness, home environment, consumer electronics, and lifestyle products. Our family of brands includes HoMedics, the #1 brand in massage; HMDX Audio and JAM Audio, makers of the top-selling Bluetooth speaker in America; Ellia, premium diffusers and 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils; Sol Republic, a headphone company that believes in purity of sound and incredible music experiences; and The House of Marley, a high-performance audio brand developed in partnership with the Bob Marley family. We distribute our products to more than 60 countries throughout North and South America, Central America, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Our company is committed to designing and producing innovative products and rapidly bringing them to market. We are seeking a Head of Product Development / Engineering with the ability to combine engineering / design, program management excellence, creativity and imagination to develop the next generation of best-selling durable consumer products in various categories. The ideal candidate must have a strong background in developing innovative durable consumer products from ideation to store shelf. This position reports to the GM of the business.
Essential Functions:
Manage product development projects to ensure they are all on time, on quality, on budget, on strategy and provide an exceptional consumer experience.
Manage the product development process working collaboratively with product / category managers while working closely with other departments/functions across the organization, including:
CEO
Sales
Legal
Brand Marketing
Quality
Manufacturing and Sourcing
China NPD / support organization
Customer Service
Consumer Relations
Logistics /Trade Compliance
Finance
Operations departments
Heavy focus on the ideation and development of new consumer products. Specifically identify the function, feature set and desired look of a product with a focus on creating innovative new features and products that stand out in marketplace and resonate with the consumer.
Manage (staff, organize, motivate) team of engineers and project managers experienced in Industrial design, manufacturing design, packaging design and interactive point of purchase display designs.
Identify and coordinate with sourcing, new functionalities and product features while maintaining and/or reducing cost of manufacturing.
Work closely with the quality and compliance functions to ensure all safety and regulatory requirements are continuously met.
Work closely with the global sourcing organization with respect to vendor selection
Work directly with the legal (in-house and external) to maintain database of intellectual property such as patents and copyrights. Assist in filing for patents and copyrights, maintain appropriate documents and files, and ensure protection of inventions and intellectual property
Seek out and apply knowledge of new trends and innovation to identify not only new products but also opportunities to improve overall consumer experience (Out of Box experience)
Develop and manage annual R&D budget
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