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Product Development Manager

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask

Multiple locations
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2024

We have an immediate opening for our EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) Headquarters in Bussigny, Switzerland for a:

Product Development Manager

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Helen of Troy (NASDAQ: HELE) is a global designer, developer, and worldwide marketer of well recognized and widely trusted brands including OXO®, Hydro Flask®, Osprey®, Braun®, PUR®, Vicks®, Honeywell®, Hot Tools®, Drybar®, Curlsmith®, and Revlon®.

About the role

We are looking for a savvy, passionate Product Development Manager who is excited about launching new products in the beauty sector! This position will be critical managing the launch process for all new products from the innovation calendar for Helen of Troy Liquids. The ideal candidate will have a background in product development within the beauty industry, is beauty obsessed and thrives in a fast-paced, very hands-on environment with a can-do attitude and attention to detail.

What you’ll do in the role

  • Responsible for managing and executing all phases of the product development process from concept to launch of liquids.
  • Stay up to date on the latest beauty industry trends, ingredients, packaging and consumer and competitor activity to be able to generate product vision backed with data to inspire and inform briefs and manage product innovation ideation.
  • Maintain strong product and brand focus keeping the customer top of mind. Manages and creates new product development briefs that address consumer needs and ensure product experience and uniqueness are delivered upon, with the alignment of marketing on key ingredients, features, and benefits.
  • Oversee the daily functions of product development, sourcing raw materials, working directly with contract manufacturers. Review and evaluate submissions and advise on redirects providing specific directions to CM’s. Manages timing, pilot, and production to ensure product meets all requirements and is consistent throughout scaleup for final approvals and signoff’s, managing and closely monitoring the schedule of manufacturing to ensure batching and fill date stay on track. Has the ability to problem solve, assess, and remove roadblocks based on any delays and challenges to ensure timely receipt of finished good approval, release, and shipping process.
  • Oversee the daily functions of packaging development from brief and sizing based off competitive analysis that meet the pricing target, timing, and delivery functionality. Creates COG’s sheets for margin and MSRP analysis and alignment with marketing. Works with outside vendors, tracking on-time launches, signs off on specs.
  • Manages multiple product development projects and milestones at once.
  • Manages and aligns on claim substantiation plan with marketing and R&D/regulatory/legal.
  • Works closely in collaboration across cross-functional teams (creative, sales, marketing, operations, quality, R&D, packaging and regulatory) to execute product launch strategies to ensure on-time, successful and qualitative launches.
  • Focuses on tracking the key product development milestones with updates that effect the entire timeline, elevating delays, identifies challenges, and proposes solutions. Responsible for communicating the key milestone updates as needed if/when dates change/shift.

What will help you do the job well

🗝 Essential:

  • University degree (technical fields) in xxx or equivalent.
  • Experience in product development in personal care industry
  • Experience working with contract manufacturers and packaging suppliers.
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written), French a plus.
  • Excitement about joining a midsize yet growing company with fast-growing brands!

About you

Our ideal candidate is a self-starter, driven and passionate individual with exceptional communication skills. You have the flexibility to work in a small yet fast-growing organization, possess strong analytical and detail-oriented thinking, can work with a good level of autonomy and foster relationships with cross functional teams.

About us

Many of our products rank as #1 brand in their category- we are proud to be market leaders. Behind all these achievements stand exceptionally talented and passionate associates. We are a dynamic mid-size multinational company that offers challenges and opportunities equal to your talents and abilities. Our 15+ locations elicit unique team cultures; our powerful brands are marketed in approximately 75 countries.

If you want to join us on this journey you can find out more on www.helenoftroy.com/emea. You can also find us on our career website https://careers.helenoftroy.com/home or on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What do we offer?

  • 💸 Competitive compensation package depending on experience and skills
  • 🩺 Collective Health Insurance
  • 🚂 Mobility allowance
  • 💻 Flexible work policy with regards to working hours and work from home
  • 💼 Modern office with collaborative workspaces
  • 👂 Employee assistance counselling line
  • 🎁 Employee discounts on all our EMEA products
  • 💪 Lunch and Learns, a super motivated Learning & Development team delivering hard and soft skills training to challenge yourself and full access to a learning platform, where you can choose over thousands of courses to satisfy your hunger for knowledge.
  • 🏝 Company closure between Christmas and New Year’s
  • 📈 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • 👌 The chance to work in an international, diverse, and inclusive environment!

Sound like a perfect fit?

If you’re seeking an exciting professional position in a dynamic international environment and be empowered to inspire fresh ideas, then Helen of Troy wants to get to know you!

Next Steps: We will ask you to complete a quick survey as we would love to get to know you by learning more about your experience and skills. If your application is selected, we will reach out to you ASAP for a first informal introductory call.



Incorporated in 1968, Helen of Troy has grown into a leading global consumer products company with career opportunities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. We offer creative solutions for our customers through a diversified portfolio of well-recognized and widely trusted brands, including OXO®, Hydro Flask®, Osprey®, Honeywell®, PUR®, Braun®, Vicks®, Hot Tools®, Drybar®. Most of these brands rank #1 or #2 in their respective categories.

We boldly bring brands into our family, where we nurture what makes them great. We collaborate internally and externally, always striving to provide the consumer-centric innovation, operational excellence, scale, global reach, and stellar shared services to make them soar.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. Management retains the right to add or to change duties of the position at any time.