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KontrolFreek

Associate Program Manager – Consumer Products

Product Development · Atlanta, Georgia
Department Product Development
Employment Type Full-Time

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:

KontrolFreek is the creator of Performance Gaming Gear and the leader of FreekNation, a global community of more than four million gamers. By combining the latest in ergonomics and advanced materials, the company's lines of Performance Thumbsticks, Performance Grips, Gaming Cables, and other high-quality products enhance the player experience by maximizing comfort and precision. KontrolFreek's products for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC are available in more than 9,000 stores across 40 countries. KontrolFreek is headquartered in Atlanta. 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to the Director of Product Development, the Associate Program Manager (APM) is responsible for product and innovation development relating to hard goods ideation, engineering, sourcing and manufacturing. The PM will utilize their leadership, technical and collaborative skills to ensure goals are accomplished within appointed timeframes, cost targets and budget parameters.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Product Development

  • Collaborate with the Directors of Product and Brand to develop and optimize the product roadmap to align with company initiatives, maintain innovative positioning, brand alignment, drive sales and meet growth targets.
  • Understand the KontrolFreek customer as well as the relevant marketplace; Leverage knowledge of the customer and trends to develop and optimize products, categories and assortments.
  • Direct R&D efforts to conceptualize and design new products and packaging from start to finish.
  • Manage, track and allocate product samples and submissions through each stage of the development process.
  • Establish external collaborations and partnerships as necessary to accelerate product development.

Project Management

  • Create and maintain product development schedules using web-based project management software Wrike.
  • Facilitate project team meetings, cross-functional communication and decision making, ensuring alignment with internal and external stakeholders.

New Product Sourcing

  • Source and manage vendor relationships, ensuring that KontrolFreek is a key customer for all of our primary suppliers.
  • Initiate RFQ’s, develop target costing and negotiate with suppliers to achieve targets.

DESIRED SKILLS: 

  • Analytical abilities and are capable of synthesizing and prioritizing a large volume of information. You use logic and expertise to drive solutions and can think critically to make well-reasoned and rational decisions.
  • Communication skills to communicate clearly, concisely and with impact using the correct formats and methods. You convey confidence, ease, enthusiasm and promote a free flow of information throughout the organization.
  • Accountability to take personal ownership for delivering and exceeding on commitments. You hold yourself, team, partners and suppliers to the highest standards of performance.
  • Problem Solving skills that allow you to analyze a situation, understand it, and come up with an action plan.
  • Creative Thinking to look at things in new, unorthodox ways and come up with solutions that no one previously thought of.
  • Willingness to push the company to take risks and try new things towards the goal of building a best-in-class product portfolio

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

  • Highly organized, independent and detail oriented
  • Strong time management, planning and project execution skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • BS/BA in marketing, business administration, engineering or related field
  • 3+ years of professional experience developing products in the consumer products space; 2+ years in a position with direct work taking product from inception to launch
  • A strong track record of innovative development; creating products that did not exist, whether new form factors, materials, technology or customer experience
  • Exceptional skills managing suppliers of all shapes and sizes across a variety of geographies and industries
  • Thorough understanding of project management practices and tools.  Familiarity with web-based PM software Wrike a plus. 
  • Overseas sourcing and production experience preferred. An understanding of Asian culture and business practices required. Fluency in Chinese/Japanese languages a plus.
  • Interest or experience in the Gaming industry; Knowledge of video games and accessories preferred.

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  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Department
    Product Development
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time