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Product Developer I

Creative? Highly. Challenging? Definitely. Fun? Absolutely. On any given day, a Product Developer at The Bradford Exchange might research Star Trek and John Wayne for cool new concepts, then decide which player from the Super Bowl should be featured on a fast-tracked product, then brainstorm new ways to combine cats with the Nativity story. And that’s just Monday morning. The ideal candidate for this position will join a collaborative team tasked with generating a variety of ideas and themes for various collectible products.  It takes equal parts research, organization, passion and patience to manage all aspects of your projects from conception through delivery, but there’s nothing like seeing your ideas come to life and strike a chord with collectors. Join our company and see how far your creativity can take you!

Administrative Project Management Tasks

  • Update product development database (File Maker Pro) to include critical products reports, rolling forecasts, fact sheets, design worksheets, and contract requests, with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness, as it relates to status on products and product research. Communicate and keep the workflow smooth across the various departments such as Advertising, Design, Production, Marketing, Research & Analysis.  Identify delays and inconsistencies such as accuracy of proof dates, products falling off the list and notify appropriate Product Development Manager for resolution. Also responsible for preparation and distribution of fact sheets and final Cost of Goods packet to appropriate personnel for each corps.
  • Coordinate backstamp process – supply Design with worksheets and Marketing with approved fact sheets. Proof, route and finalize approval on backstamps, hang tags and certificates and advise Knowles and Design teams.
  • Prepare presentation boards, sample set-ups, kick-off packets for meetings and presentations such as Quarterly Reviews, European, Sales meetings. Update and maintain ad brochure binder by corps.
  • Responsible for black & white color copying; digital photography samples and products; review and approve invoices and send to Accounting for processing.
  • Prepare packages for shipment via DHL, Fed Ex and messenger; faxing (domestic and international), scanning, and other miscellaneous duties as assigned

Concepting & Developing Products

  • Researches past Bradford product to analyze degree of success in market research & product research. Track conversion rates, historical data, source color proofs, transparencies, brochures for art reuse evaluation.
  • Maintain and manage back end products (initially with guidance from Product Development Manager) with emphasis on the design quality and series cohesion with a backend cadence of not to exceed 30 days. Coordinate and manage through design, sculpt, decal proofing and manufacturing processes to include preparation of design worksheet, fact sheet, approvals, product reporting, backstamps and hang tags. Set up and maintain backends in database; pull art and appropriate research for review; work with designer on illustrations, review and communicate DDCP changes to Design team. Responsible for program scheduling and target dates.
  • Print and critique JPEG photos of products in development, pre-production samples and production samples including backstamps and certificates.
  • Participate in concepting and brainstorming with Product Development team.  Develops and presents concepts and ideas for new products to managers. Develop new product concept for tests at weekly Office Hours meetings (under supervision with Product Development Manager, if applicable) - this includes the concept, research, mockup/sketches, worksheet/statements, and data on trends, competitive and related industries, prior test/rollout results, preliminary costs/margin estimates, and other required materials.
  • Ensures quote packages are sent out to appropriate vendors using corporate COG’s guidelines for each corp. Work with vendors and Product Development Manager to negotiate and finalize COG’s.
  • Follow up on outstanding Office Hour issues in a timely fashion.

Contacts with Artists and Outside Resources

  • Work with outside resources such as designers, sculptors, model shops, licensors vendors on new concepts and information and material required to complete. Communicate and direct outside sketch artists, illustrators, sculptors, painters, mold makers, and manufacturers. Expand design pool (designers, sketch artists, sculptors, painters, etc) by proactively seeking out new talent to result in quality and reliable resources for the product development team.

Required Qualifications

Education, Licensing, Certification, and Experience

  • MA, MFA, BA or BFA degree in Art, Art History, Fine/Studio Arts, Illustration, Product Design, Sculpture, Graphic Design or an art related field.
  • 0-3years work experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational, project management, and communication skills – both verbal and written. 
  • Must be organized and must be very detail oriented
  • Knowledge of MAC/PC including Excel, Word, PhotoShop.
  • Ability to work and troubleshoot in an extremely fast paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Education, Licensing, Certification, and Experience

  • Strong internship experience or a minimum of two years work experience is preferred. 
  • Experience in a clerical and/or art and craft environment is a major plus. 
  • Artistic skills

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with Illustrator and/or databases is helpful.

The Bradford Group is a world leader in direct to consumer marketing and provider of gifts, collectibles, home décor, and jewelry.  Founded in 1973, we have an unyielding commitment to product quality and exceptional customer service which has helped us become one of the premier direct marketing companies in today's international economy.   

Benefits:  Our company is wholly owned by our employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that allows you to not only derive the benefits of working as an employee at The Bradford Group, but also gain the benefits of being an owner.

We also offer: A Business Casual Work Environment, Health and Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO) Program, Direct Deposit, Credit Union, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Employee Referral Bonus Program, 401(k), Profit Sharing, Tuition Reimbursement, Onsite Cafeteria, Onsite Fitness Center, Product Discounts and more!

The Bradford Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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