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Product Manager Gloves and Pro


Posted by Outdoor Research, LLC on 11/03/2022

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Production - Apparel

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods

State: WA

City: Seattle

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 10 miles

Job Description & Requirements

Location: Seattle

Position: Full Time: 3-days in office, 2-days remote

About this role:

The Product Manager (PM) of Gloves/Pro is responsible for the overall direction, planning, and financial success of the Glove and Pro business at Outdoor Research. 

The Gloves/Pro PM has a unique opportunity to lead two different segments of our business, each critical to our long-term growth. As an industry leader in gloves, the focus will center on scaling the business and distribution. In Pro, the opportunity draws on your passion for start-ups and will require extensive industry and competitive research, line planning, and consensus building. 

They will strive to increase the profitability of existing products while also helping to develop new products in partnership with their Design and Development counterparts. The Glove/Pro PM will work across two sectors of our company, the Pro and Commercial sides, as well as the cross-functional departments of the company, including sourcing, materials, sales, operations, design, tech design, innovation, marketing, and manufacturing associated with both. They must be able to effectively collaborate and communicate with these departments to meet company expectations and account and consumer demands. 

The Gloves/Pro PM must possess mathematical and analytical abilities to develop pricing models and forecast product profitability, requiring the product manager to analyze technical, financial, marketing, and sales information. Using this data, they must prepare product development objectives and schedules for all product development and product launch strategy phases. To ensure the success of various product lines, the product manager must use a combination of marketing data analysis, personal experience, and customer/athlete/influencer input. In addition, the product line manager must stay updated with market changes and current market perceptions. They must then be able to communicate these results to cross-functional counterparts, which may include executive members of the company, making suggestions on how to improve current product lines better and/or how Outdoor Research can enter underdeveloped market segments.

Lastly, in this role, the Gloves/Pro PM will have the opportunity to work directly with our in-house and overseas manufacturing partners, which may include overseas travel to meet in person. 

Curiosity is a prized trait in this role and is fed by the partnership with our Lead Glove designer, who has built an in-house workshop to which the PM of Gloves and Pro will have access. This quiver of tools will be especially advantageous in testing out new technologies, techniques, and prototyping

Anticipated work split will vary by season, with gloves being a primary focus in the Fall time and Pro in the Spring. Gloves: 60%, Pro: 40%

What you should bring to the table:

  • Strong working knowledge of product creation timelines and apparel manufacturing processes and capabilities for outerwear and sportswear
  • Commercially oriented experience with the selection, testing, and end use of technical apparel textiles
  • Strong business orientation with superior retail math skills
  • Ability to analyze and process large amount of data to frame product strategy
  • Strong understanding of the outdoor sports market trends and retail environment
  • Strong sense of design and color
  • Works effectively within a team atmosphere
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Experience managing outside design resources
  • User /consumer level awareness of outdoor products
  • Self-starter that can influence, persuade, and negotiate effectively to achieve brand mission
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally when required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising, Marketing, Business or a related field
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience managing an apparel line
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Proficient in Excel, Power-Point, Word
  • Experience with Illustrator and In-Design, a plus, will be required to use Illustrator
  • Prior managerial experience with direct report(s), a plus but not required

What do we bring to the table?

  • 11 paid holidays each year and 3 floating holidays 
  • Transportation benefits
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans
  • 401K with company match
  • Bouldering wall, work out room, gear rentals
  • Product discounts
  • Employee interest groups including various sports activities and our one and only Fun Force club



EOE STATEMENT: OR is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment in an unlawful manner. Employment-related decisions are made based on an individual’s qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or military status, genetic information, political ideology or other applicable protected class status. This commitment extends to all employment practices including selection, hiring, placement, recruitment advertising, promotion or transfer, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, demotion, layoff, or separation. All employment decisions are based upon the qualifications of the individual and the job requirements.

OR supports this commitment with an Affirmative Action Program, which is updated annually. The objectives of the Affirmative Action Program are to ensure that our team reflects the diversity of our local community. We fully support affirmative action to include women, ethnic minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities throughout our workforce. The OR Affirmative Action Program is available for review by all employees and is maintained in the Human Resources Department.

About Outdoor Research, LLC

Outdoor Research, LLC. is a wholesale distributor and manufacturer for a variety of outdoor apparel and soft goods. OR is founded with the belief of the "Infinite Guarantee" meaning the products will last forever or your money back. Our core products include gaiters, gloves, hats, apparel and stuff sacks. Outdoor Research tests it's products in the field using the consumers to report back to us on the product; thus producing the motto "Designed by Adventure." We are located in the industrial SODO district of Seattle, WA. and El Monte, CA