Product Line Manager

| Austin

Position Description:

We're growing rapidly here at Tecovas, and we're looking for a talented, entrepreneurial Product Line Manager (PLM) to lead one of our vertical product categories (Footwear, Apparel, Leather Goods & Accessories) from end-to-end. Responsibilities of the PLM will span the spectrum of his/her category, including but not limited to:

  • Owning the lifecycle of one of the three Tecovas product categories from end-to-end, including:
    • Working directly with the Founder/CEO (who leads Product) to own the ideation and product roadmap for the category
    • Creating & finalizing the design of all products within the category (working independently, with the Founder/CEO, and/or with contract designers)
    • Sourcing, developing, and nurturing the necessary factory & supplier relationships for the category
    • Owning the Product Development lifecycle from Ideation to Production Handoff
    • Working alongside the Creative team to design, source, and finalize packaging for all category products
    • Partnering with the Finance, Marketing, and Inventory teams to plan orders and production
    • Partnering with the Production team to hand off ‘evergreen’ products from launch to full production mode
    • Owning the cross-functional Product Launch process (partnering with Marketing, Creative, Finance, and Inventory teams)
    • Setting up initial and ongoing QC & QA processes and team(s), as relevant
    • Partnering with the Customer Experience, Marketing, and Inventory teams on ‘lookback’ analyses and learnings from new product launches
    • Partnering with the Customer Experience – then Production and QA teams – on continuous improvement initiatives
    • Partnering with Marketing & Creative for category-related ongoing product marketing initiatives
    • Owning ideation and cycle restarting for line additions to any category product
  • Leading efficient and effective cross-functional meetings to push through each part of the product lifecycle
  • Hiring and managing a ‘small but mighty’ product category team (1-2 HQ FTE per category in 2019), with resources dependent on the category and candidate experience

This role will report directly to the Founder/CEO but may later report to a Product leader or VP.

Qualifications:

The ideal Product Line Manager is an entrepreneurial, organized operator – with her/his heart and instincts set in the Product, Design, and/or Merchandising world. Specific desired qualifications include: 

  • 5-10+ years of Product experience, ideally across Product Management, Category Management/Ownership, Merchandising, Buying, and/or Product Operations
  • BA/BS degree from a top-tier institution and demonstrated academic excellence
  • Ability to own a category from ‘day 1,’ with minimal guidance needed to perform all of the ownership tasks described above
  • Masterful ability to operate, lead, and manage projects efficiently and effectively across functions
  • True passion for product – and ideally the products we make here at Tecovas!
  • Experience with design and/or design software experience a major plus but not required
  • Desire to scratch the 'entrepreneurial itch' and learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Independent, results-driven work ethic
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to work well with the Founder/CEO
  • Utmost character, honesty, and transparency

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary
  • Equity grant
  • Fully-paid health, dental, and vision insurance premiums
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Free boots!

Company Description:

Tecovas is revolutionizing the western market as the first digitally-native brand. We are a rapidly-growing company (we've grown from 5 to 20+ employees in the last 12 months) and we're passionate about making and selling incredible consumer products at approachable prices. Want an early seat on a rocket ship? Shoot us an application!

Important note: We take hiring very seriously. Interviewing at Tecovas may include phone calls, on-site interviews, and on-the-job mock cases. We are unable to follow-up with each and every applicant, but we do our best to run a thorough process for candidates with whom we identify a potential fit. We will contact you if that is the case!

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