Manager II, Product Development in Grapevine, TX at GameStop

Date Posted: 10/25/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Location:
    625 Westport Parkway
    Grapevine, TX
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    10/25/2019

Job Description

Description:

SUMMARY

Working independently and strategically, the Product Development Manager II is responsible for delivering and developing product for the private label global business. The Product Development Manager II is responsible for driving the vision of our unique product line and possesses the ability to passionately articulate this product vision within the GameStop organization. This role will lead product development for assigned categories while driving the vision set by the merchandising team.  Blending marketing and consumer demand information, financial acumen, innate product development skills, and creativity, the role will lead the identification and creation processes of GameStop proprietary product lines and assortments. This position requires exercising independent judgment and advanced critical thinking skills to perform the responsibilities described herein and hit targeted milestones and deadlines. 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*

  • Through thoughtful leadership and management of an experienced cross-functional product development team, drives creativity to maintain a fresh and current approach to product research, design/redesign, and development and support the GameStop strategic private brand and category goals
  • •Evaluates the potential and practicality of products in development and relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • Actively partner with cross-functional teams from marketing, manufacturing, merchandising, operations, and executive management
  • Lead imaginative processes of origination of new and redesigned products in concert with customer needs
  • Create process to identify and link popular trending topics to product ideation
  • Monitors full product development cycle in assigned category from initial design concept through design approvals.  This requires close collaboration with internal and external business partners and stakeholders
  • Guide the selection of effective design concepts and fundamental technology used for new products or improvement for existing products
  • Develop, implement and lead an effective and efficient product development lifecycle as well as manage key projects, processes and performance reports, data and analysis
  • Develop methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences, in order to inform management of current status of each project
  • Demonstrate expert vendor management through effective contract negotiation and management
  • Plan and formulate aspects of research and development proposals such as objective or purpose of project, applications that can be utilized from findings, costs of project, and equipment and human resource requirements
  • Manages all life cycle migration strategies and the end of life decision for existing products and services
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on a case by case basis to meet with suppliers and attend trade shows
  • Manage relationships in a manner acceptable to others and to the organization; adhere consistently with all organizational policies related to our respectful workplace
  • Model team commitment by adhering to the team's expectations and guidelines; fulfilling team responsibilities; and demonstrating personal commitment to the team by being cooperative, collaborative, and flexible

RELATED COMPETENCIES

  • Building Strategic Trusting Relationships- Using appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interacting with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one’s intentions
  • Negotiation – Effectively explores alternatives and positions to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties.
  • Planning and Organizing – Establishes courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently and according to schedule.
  • Emotional Intelligence — Leveraging high levels of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, the capacity to manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.
  • Minimizing Complexity- Formulating workable solutions to complex challenges; logically deliberating on courses of action by examining and challenging assumptions, discerning hidden value, objectively evaluating evidence, and assessing conclusions

BASIC AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE)

  • Bachelor’s degree merchandising, fashion design, art or related field from an accredited program preferred
  • 8+ years in licensing & development of consumer goods products to include managing budgets, short- and long-term strategic plan development and execution
  • 8+ years and proven track record of leading and developing, and managing successful product research & development teams and individuals

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, JOB SKILLS, ABILITIES

  • Expert experience and knowledge driving product development 
  • Expert knowledge of development processes, strategies, and life cycle management 
  • Proficient in developing product strategy and tactics aligned with the corporate strategy and goals
  • Proficient understanding of program management concepts and tools, including technical, innovation process, product management, financial, and operations functions
  • Ability to influence, lead and coach cross-functional teams and champion new concepts and ideas
  • Possess strong abstract creative thinking and analytical skills 
  • High energy and capable of multi-tasking 
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team-oriented and collaborative environment 
  • Process driven and extremely detail oriented 
  • Familiarity and passion around gaming & pop culture
  • Written/verbal communication and presentation skills using spoken English — bilingual (English/Mandarin Chinese) preferred
  • Possess the learning capacity to receive and apply cross-functional training; willingness to assist other functions and work groups as needed so the department achieves or exceeds its overall business objectives
  • Proficient project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs, especially Outlook, Excel (Excel Pivot Tables) and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of the consumer products industry and video gaming industries
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing priorities with promptness, efficiency and ease
  • Consistently demonstrates a commitment to GME policies and procedures, including but not limited to, attendance, confidentiality, conflict of interest and ethical responsibilities