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American Outdoor Brands Corporation Product Manager - Handguns in Springfield, Massachusetts

This role will be based out of our Maryville, TN headquarters.

Under the direct supervision of the Sr. Manager of New Products, the Product Manager will focus on maintaining, innovating, and growing our handgun business. The ideal candidate will leverage experience in the shooting space to assess and communicate consumer needs and desires. This is a highly collaborative role that will work with Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Procurement and Operations.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Product/prototype testing, feature and function documentation

  • Responsible for developing the future product roadmap for selected product category

  • Support and/or lead the stage gate product development process

  • Market research and analysis of products and categories

  • Assist in coordination of product development procedure

  • Manage new product ideas/concepts and catalog

  • Product design input analysis

  • Line reviews and end consumer perception of product offerings

  • Coordinate and collaborate with sales and marketing on product launches to include timing, initial forecasting, market positioning and marketing launch tactics

  • Assist in copywriting, instruction manual writing

  • Assist with trade shows as needed

  • Assist sales department with product information and misc. supporting materials and projects

  • Work safely as well as identify and report any safety hazards immediately

  • Maintain good housekeeping in personal area and all common areas

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Regular attendance (as defined in our policies) is required

NOTE: This list presents only the principal duties of the position and is not intended to be comprehensive. The duties and responsibilities listed above may be changed or supplemented at any time in accordance with business needs and conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience and Education

  • Preferred 4-year degree in business, marketing or related field

  • 4 years of experience in the shooting, hunting, reloading industry preferred, but knowledge of the industry is required

  • Proficiency in blueprint reading required

  • Resident Gunsmithing degree highly preferred

  • Background in ATF/FFL compliance preferred

  • Understanding of consumer psychology preferred

  • Passion for hunting and shooting sports preferred

  • Travel up to 25% required

Competencies and Skills

  • Experience with MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Ability to organize large amounts of data in a logical manner

Language Skills

  • Must have strong command of the English language, in both verbal and written communications.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (including Excel and PowerPoint), spreadsheets, query and database skills.

Training Requirements:

  • Complete all necessary training as required by assigned department and position.

  • Participate in and follow all company initiatives.

  • Participate in continuous improvement projects (Kaizen events, 5S, etc.).

Physical Demands:

  • Works in an office environment.

  • Able to sit and work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.

  • Able to lift and move up to 25 pounds occasionally.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Safety glasses with side shields and hearing protection is required when on factory floor.

  • The use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required when a job task(s) is being completed in or around your assigned department or in another department, this includes safety eyewear, hearing protection, and safety footwear.

  • All employees are required to apply ergonomic principles to all job tasks.

Work Environment:

  • Normal office environment conditions.

  • Within the Smith & Wesson manufacturing facility, employees may be exposed to manufacturing noise, airborne liquid chemicals, fine particulate dust, ambient temperatures, and industrial lighting.

  • Work environment is similar to most manufacturing operations. May be exposed to excessive noise, temperatures, hazards associated with working around moving machinery, work in confined quarters, exposure to vibrations and shop lighting.

Revised:

10/12/21

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Product Development, the Product Manager will be responsible for product and category research and development. The ideal candidate will leverage experience with hunting and shooting accessories to assess and communicate consumer needs and desires. The ideal candidate will also collaborate with the Engineering team and participate in PSC meetings.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Product/prototype testing, feature and function documentation

  • Market research and analysis of products and categories

  • Assist in coordination of product development procedure

  • Manage new product ideas/concepts and catalog

  • Product design input analysis

  • Line reviews and end consumer perception of product offerings

  • Coordinate and collaborate with sales and marketing on product launches to include timing, initial forecasting, market positioning and marketing launch tactics.

  • Assist in copywriting, instruction manual writing

  • Assist with trade shows as needed

  • Assist sales department with product information and misc. supporting materials and projects

  • Work safely as well as identify and report any safety hazards immediately

  • Maintain good housekeeping in personal area and all common areas

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Regular attendance (as defined in our polices) is required

Job Standards:

Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge is qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:

Knowledge:

  • Preferred 4-year degree in business, marketing or related field

  • 4 years of experience in the shooting, hunting, reloading industry preferred, but knowledge of the industry is required

  • Understanding of consumer psychology

  • Passion for hunting and shooting sports

Skills:

  • Experience with MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Ability to organize large amounts of data in a logical manner

Licenses:

  • N/A

Special Requirements:

  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.

  • Some work is required in "off-hours" for business meetings/company events.

  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time in front of a computer.

  • Ability to move about facility on regular basis to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking.

  • Visual and hearing acuity.

Safety Hazards:

  • General office environment, with some exposure to plant environment, with fork lift and other general hazards.

Note: This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.

Revised:

2/15/21

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