• Head of Category Strategy & Product Development

    Job Locations US-NJ-Upper Saddle River
    Category
    New Product Development
    Type
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    De'Longhi Americas North comprises locations in US, Canada, and Mexico. Our parent company was founded in Treviso, Italy and has built its global reputation as a cutting-edge leader in innovation, product design, and performance. The De'Longhi brand entered the North American market in the early 80’s with the first ever portable radiator; transforming the home heating industry. Building on our success, the brand has continued to make strides in developing new technologies and revolutionizing the home appliance category. De’Longhi is an international leader with a presence in over 45 countries and products in three main categories: espresso/coffee, premium appliances/specialty cooking and home comfort. After more than a century of perfecting its products, we remain committed to continuing our mission of creating exceptional products that improve the lives’ of the consumer through innovative technologies and unparalleled design --- bringing convenience and style into every customers’ home; making the everyday better.

     

    We are currently looking for a Head of Category Strategy & Product Development, located in De'Longhi America Inc, our North American headquarters in Upper Saddle River NJ. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic, innovative Company. The individual will work in conjunction with management to define the Strategic and Financial goals for the category.  You will have the opportunity to successfully drive the business in key categories for a premium brand.  You will enjoy the freedom to put forth ideas that will have an impact in the business.  

    Responsibilities

    • Leverage strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to analyze insights (consumer, distribution, competition, trends, etc.) to develop an informed category strategy and category tactics.
    • Provide category leadership and expertise.
    • Develop multi-year product development road maps including new product plans.
    • Collaborate with Global HQs and Regional HQs to implement the product road maps.
    • Help to drive business in key categories.
    • Freely create ideas and have an impact on growth.
    • Work collaboratively with internal functions and customers.
    • Develop channel sales strategy in collaboration with sales management.
    • Collaborate with the Marketing leadership to inform and develop strategic marketing plans for the category.
    • Routinely assess the performance of the category and drive actions based on analysis.
    • Build effective internal and external professional relationships at all levels.
    • Be an important member of the North American executive and leadership team
    • Effectively lead, manage and develop a category management team
    • Be an outstanding team player with colleagues locally and at international HQ and serve as a role model in the areas of collaboration, initiative, strategic insight and capabilities development for the organization.
    • Lead development of category plans across the businesses.
    • Manage, lead and develop team of category managers each responsible for key segments of the business.
    • Collaborate with executive team, multifunctional colleagues to ensure aligned plans across the Company.
    • Understand the trends and hot products in the category, new technologies, etc. and report to management and HQ product teams.
    • Analyze market data in key product categories.
    • Conduct market surveys on product categories – consumer and trade partners.
    • Conduct store visits to gain knowledge of market & competitors.
    • Create competitive review matrix to show how products compare in marketplace.
    • Create product marketing calendar to show when products are available to sales and marketing communications team to launch.
    • Understand sales channel strategy and forecasts for products.
    • Work with other functional areas on content, visuals, collateral, user manuals for category.
    • Work with trainer on materials for sales associates and sales field team.

    Qualifications

    • 4 year college degree in marketing or related field
    • 10+ years experience in product development or brand management or some combination of the two with special focus on leveraging consumer insights to drive strategies, roadmaps and plans.
    • Significant experience leading and developing teams in areas of consumer insight understanding, strategy development and product development roadmaps.
    • Success building processes to foster the development of the above
    • Strong understanding of the North American retailer base and business landscape
    • Experience leading and developing consumer research initiatives to inform category strategy and product development plans
    • Experience leveraging insights into brand or category plans
    • Product development and multi year road mapping experience with premium brands
    • Detail oriented and organized
    • Strong interpersonal, communication & collaboration skills
    • Must be an outstanding team player
    • Displays initiative, passion and drive and at the same time can manage with patience to foster a strong culture of success and organization development
    • Beyond only a functional leader, need an executive who can help lead the overall organization to the business, cultural and overall Company objectives
    • Ability to travel within US, Canada and globally

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