Sr. Product Manager, Hot Spring® Spas in Vista at Watkins Wellness

Date Posted: 2/5/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Product Development
  • Location:
    Vista
  • Job Type:
    Marketing
  • Date Posted:
    2/5/2018

Job Description

Watkins Wellness, established in 1977 in Vista, Calif., is dedicated to promoting wellness to consumers who live active lifestyles and are health conscious. The company manufactures the Endless Pools® line of aquatic fitness products, and is also the world's largest manufacturer of hot tubs, including Hot Spring® Spas, Hot Spot® Spas, Caldera® Spas, and the American Hydrotherapy Systems spa brands. The Watkins Wellness dealer network extends into all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Watkins Wellness is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), a Fortune 500 company whose products include Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets and Milgard® windows and doors. For more information about us, please visit our website at www.watkinsmfg.com.


We are seeking a Sr. Product Manager, Hot Spring® Spas to work with our Product Management team!


IN A NUTSHELL
Are you a creative, results driven leader who enjoys being involved in all aspects of the product life cycle? The Sr. Product Manager, Hot Spring® Spas (HSS) oversees the life cycle of all HSS hot tub products from ideation to launch in support of the company’s product strategies and initiatives. This position reports to the Sr. Manager of Product Management and requires close partnerships with the Brand Managers, Assistant Manager of Product Management, Product Managers, Marketing Creative, Marketing Communications, and Sales teams, as well as a close engagement with the cross-functional New Product Introduction team.


IS THIS YOU?

  • Can you strategize? You will be responsible for identifying and analyzing market trends and data to develop new products or product enhancements, providing input in the development of overall strategy for assigned products. You’ll also monitor and analyze market trends and competition, providing analyses to senior management, the Sales team and channel partners.
  • Do you see the big picture? You’ll participate in new product ideation, develop business plans for new and existing products, and evaluate the potential of new products, following up on their progress during various stages of development. You will also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing products, their sales and margin performance, making recommendations for additions, enhancements, phase-outs, etc.
  • Are you quality minded? You will manage product specifications, features and benefits for all HSS products within our dealer network worldwide. You will also check on product production to ensure products meet quality goals.
  • Can you forecast? You will collect insights, analyze data and succinctly articulate the “story” behind the forecast numbers, making recommendations regarding the go-forward plan. You will create, monitor and update demand forecasts for assigned products, work closely with Production Control and Purchasing to manage end of life product cycle and to ensure inventory of products is available to meet customer demand. You will track performance and maintain reports to maximize opportunities, actively participating in the forecasting process and associated financials, including making pricing recommendations.
  • Are you a strong communicator? You will ensure the creation of effective marketing communications and training for assigned products, write product announcements, prepare and present information on assigned products to senior management and the Sales team at company meetings, channel partner conferences/meetings, seminars, webinars, etc.
  • Can you inspire others? You will assist in training of internal and external customers (including the field sales force.)
  • Are you a team player? You will take a leadership role in weekly meetings as a member of the New Product Introduction (NPI) team and frequently interact with Engineering, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Configuration Control, Quality, Finance, Sales and Supply Chain departments, as well as, vendors to evaluate new product concepts, existing product enhancements and cost savings.
  • Are you organized and detail oriented? You will authorize change orders for assigned products, manage part numbers and related information in the ERP system. You’ll also evaluate product margins, make pricing recommendations, and maintain price lists in accordance with compliance requirements.
  • Are you report savvy? You will develop sales and marketing reports that support business activity on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. You will also develop key performance metrics for assigned products and regularly report them to senior management.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Bachelor's degree (BS/BA) in Business Administration/Marketing or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of Product Management experience, similar in scope to the responsibilities outlined above, is required. A minimum of 5 years of Marketing experience preferred.
  • Experience should include understanding of consumer products, dealer-direct marketing, brand and product positioning, advertising (creative and media spending), point-of-sale merchandising, product management, business, use of technology (Internet, email, word processing, spreadsheets and electronic presentations).
  • Product Management and Marketing experience manufacturing environment; high-ticket durable goods or pool and spa industry experience preferred.
  • High proficiency level in Microsoft Office products such as MS Word, MS Excel and MS Access. Experience with ERP systems (e.g. Navision) and forecast software and/or models required.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels within the organization.
  • Strong ability to work in a team environment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 5% to include our Tijuana, MX facilities, channel partner visits, channel partner training at conferences/meetings, trade shows, company meetings, etc.

We look for candidates that exhibit The Watkins Way (always Ethical, endeavors to be Transparent, embraces Inclusion, welcomes Diverse backgrounds and perspectives, Accommodating, believes in Work-Life Balance, puts Safety First, Accountable, values Relationships, Passionate, Team Player, and Goal Driven).


The employee must frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Watkins Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer.