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More than a shoe company. KURU Footwear is growing and we need you to help us execute our vision of providing foot pain relief to the world.

Senior Product Line Manager (PLM)

Job Description

As the Senior Product Line Manager (PLM) for KURU Footwear, you will partner with our Brand Director and Footwear Engineering and Design Teams to translate our product strategy into a product line that KURU customers love! You will own every decision and action to properly plan our product roadmap.

Responsibilities

Line Management

  • Footwear Knowledge. Your shoe industry experience will provide thought leadership for our future product offering and line plan. This includes providing collaborative insights and briefs to our designers and development team that is customer-first driven while also maintaining trend relevance.
  • Product Roadmapping. You will support the Brand Director to craft the Product Roadmap Vision. This includes translating data, market, and customer insights to build a line plan and communicate that plan across the organization.
  • Line Building. You will build a strategic line plan for our direct-to-consumer business model that meets the needs of our customers while achieving our Product Roadmap goals.
  • Competitive Analysis. You will benchmark KURU against competitors and other substitute products. You will share insights about the alternative products and solutions our target customers consider as part of their purchase journey to eliminate their foot pain and use these insights to create product briefs to create a product line offering that takes market share and grows our business.
  • KPIs and Goals. You will identify and define retail, margin, and volume goals across the line plan to support the company's financial goals.

Strategy

  • Product Line Strategy. You must think and plan 2+ years in the future and apply that thinking to the Line Plan. You will understand where our customers want to be in the future, then create a rationalized strategic line plan for our various categories.
  • Product Lifecycle Management. You will apply your passion for footwear construction, materials, technologies, new developments, and trends to manage the product lifecycle of offering, including phaseout, limited edition, in-line carryover, post-launch performance, end-of-life, and more.
  • Business Case Rationalization. You will use data to create the business case for existing and new product opportunities. This includes being resourceful in using our various data sources, market research, customer feedback, and more to develop a strong point of view, even when challenged by senior management.

Process

  • Process Creation and Improvement. Some people love to build processes, maintain existing processes, while others love to optimize and improve what’s already in place. At KURU, you will do all three. You will drive improvement and cross-functional adoption of processes.
  • Project Management. You will hold teams accountable through a healthy meeting cadence and owning the Go To Market calendar to execute your line plan on time and on budget.
  • Market Trends. You have a knack for fashion and market trends, especially within the footwear category. You will develop a deep understanding of the KURU customer and identify which market trends are relevant to our customer segments. And use these to develop a strong point-of-view for the line plan.
  • Product Briefs. Create customer-first driven product briefs based on your own analysis of the data, market research, competitor analysis, customer insights, and category expertise.
  • Software & Organization. You will manage products in our PLM software to keep it current and reflect any changes or updates throughout the creation process to ensure product data integrity.

Qualifications

Experience and confidence in common design tools is crucial. Examples include Adobe Creative Suite, Figma, InVision, Sketch.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field
  • 5+ years of footwear product management experience
  • Develop a FIRM point of view and fully OWN your area of responsibility
  • Ability to drive cross-functional alignment & hold teams accountable to your high quality & deadline expectations
  • Business acumen coupled with strong common sense to understand how every project will drive business outcomes
  • Has a finely honed “sixth sense” regarding the lifecycle of fashion trends to help keep us “trend relevant,” not “trendsetting.”
  • Experience working closely with footwear development (technical & engineering) and managing designers
  • Highly collaborative attitude and willingness to give and accept constructive feedback
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with an outstanding ability to communicate ideas
  • Curious and open-minded. Open for a challenge, inventive, creative. Ability to challenge the status quo to improve our products and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details
  • Understanding of Product Lifecycle and Product Development Management tools is a must. Experience using Backbone is a plus.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Adobe Illustrator, MS Office, and Google Workspace software
  • Benefits

    Wondering what it’s like to work for KURU Footwear? You’ll enjoy coming to work AND receive these benefits:

    • Hybrid remote / in-office work environment
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
    • Education Assistance available
    • 15 Annual Paid Time Off Days Accrual Begins Day 1
    • Employee Referral Bonuses
    • 401 (k) with company match
    • Product discounts
    • Sabbatical at 3 Years of Employment

    Notice to Recruiters

    KURU Footwear does not work with recruiters or staffing agencies for these positions, so please do not contact us asking to submit a candidate.

    This description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications.

    The position, duties, and qualifications are subject to change at any time.

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