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Director of Product Development

Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Thrasio

  • Industry:
    Consumer Products
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Product Development
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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The Director of Product Development (PD) is responsible for Thrasio’s design and product development personnel, the effectiveness of their efforts, and their execution on product development for both new products and improvements. The Director of Product Development will oversee the design and development team’s work, empowering the team to maximize their contribution to the business while providing any necessary support required to ensure projects meet category goals. 

The Director of Product Development will work closely with the Senior Director of Product Launch, category PLM(s), Product Launch Analysts, the Product Design Team, Supply Chain, and QA to ensure the appropriate balance of design, commercialization, and business needs for each project. Additionally, the Director of PD will be responsible for working closely with the previously mentioned individuals to determine appropriate prioritization in order to allocate resources appropriately amongst their team for new product development. 

This role is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is the location of Thrasio’s new and fast growing Product Launch and Product Development team. As a requirement of this position, the Director of PD should be eager to simultaneously run many projects in virtually all consumer product categories and be willing to learn about new industries and processes. The Director of PD will also need to communicate regularly with team members overseas, and have the flexibility to meet early and/or late in the day, and be willing/able to travel internationally.


Work closely with the Senior Director of Product Launch to make sure the category vision and goals are established and well communicated to the product development and design teams

Develop and manage the PD and ID staff including conducting performance reviews, mentoring, goal setting, coordinating training activities, and facilitating individual project progress

Work with each Industrial Designer, Engineer and Product Developer to support and empower them to perform their individual work function to the best of their ability along with efforts to continuously improve

Provide mediation during the product creation process to ensure the project outcome aligns with the project brief and the Product Launch Team’s overall strategy and mission

In consultation with the Senior Director of Product Launch and category PLM(s), assign appropriate Product Development resources to new product projects, including coordinating work with outside design consultants when necessary

Analyze resources needed for new and on-going Product Launch Team issues; report to, advise and update senior leadership appropriately

Work closely with Sourcing and Supply Chain to identify and onboard new vendors to support product innovation when necessary

Ensure the Product Development Team is in alignment with Thrasio’s strategic goals

Aid in the recruitment of new Product Launch team members

What you bring to the party:

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations Management, or related field; Master's Degree, preferred

8+ years of experience in the design, development or manufacturing of consumer products, especially consumer products in multiple categories

Strong experience managing and leading a team, required

Comprehensive understanding of product design and global manufacturing enterprises combined with the leadership traits and communication skills required to excel in this environment. Demonstrated technical proficiency and direct management and/or project leadership skills. These will include personal success in product creation as well as positive leadership experiences in directing and mentoring other skilled product teams. 

Extensive knowledge of specific manufacturing techniques such as, injection molding, stamping, extrusions, blow molding, vacuum forming, die casting, glass blowing, cut/sew, PCB/electronics, machining, and more. Experience with product design, cost management, quality processes, lean manufacturing techniques, vendor qualification, and functional knowledge of global logistics is preferred.

Strong leadership, collaboration and negotiation skills are required. Must be able to understand the product and provide critical feedback on product function.

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