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Product Manager

Outdoor Research
Seattle, WA, USA
$70,000 - $115,000 yearly
Since 1981, Outdoor Research has been building award-winning outdoor clothing and gear. We stand behind every product we make with the Outdoor Research Infinite Guarantee® warranty. Find out how we were born from our founder Ron Gregg's research-led approach to problem solving, and discover the origins of our first products in Our Story.

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Curiosity: We are constantly striving to learn and improve ourselves. In our products, as a brand, as a team, and as individuals.

Passion: We love what we do and take pride in sharing our work with others.

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POSITION | Product Manager - Softgoods 
DESCRIPTION | Location: Seattle

Position: 1 Full-Time Role: 3-days in office, 2-days remote

Experience Level by Wage Band

Associate Product Manager 1 - 3 years' experience: $70,000 - $80,000

Product Manager 3 -5 years' experience: $80,000 - $115,000

Discretionary Bonus

About this role

At Outdoor Research the Product Manager (PM) is responsible for the overall direction, planning, and financial success of a category. As a Product Manager, you'll have a unique opportunity to lead an integral segment of our business, owning a category with the focus on scaling the business for future growth.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Consumer insights, Line Planning, Product Briefs, Line Management, all the way to Sell In and to GTM, driving a category product strategy and executing a process that delivers product excellence and serves our seasonal and annual business strategies. As a PM you'll develop and execute Business, Product and Pricing Strategies, lead the product team in the creation of short and long-term strategies, tactical product executions and innovations.As a PM you'll strive to increase the profitability of existing products while also helping to develop new products in partnership with the Design and Development counterparts.

You'll work with key cross-functional partners in the organization, including sourcing, materials, sales, operations, design, tech design, innovation, marketing, and manufacturing. A PM must be able to effectively collaborate and communicate with these departments to meet company goals and consumer expectations.

To succeed in this role a 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. To ensure the success of the product line, the product manager must use a combination of marketing data analysis, personal experience, and customer/athlete/influencer input, 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 and/or how Outdoor Research can enter underdeveloped market segments.

Product Briefing

Create product briefs that inspire design and development to raise the bar in product (and creative) excellence. Incorporate Consumer insights, marketplace influences and the Merchant Planner's analysis. Provide briefs that give clear product direction and information to the development and design partners.

Project Management

Develop a collaborative working environment among the greater product creation team, leading the seasonal creation calendar. Partner with Design, Development and Sourcing to ensure deadlines are met and that product range hits all key metrics. Resolve process issues and recommend ways to continually improve the interaction of team members as well as process efficiencies.


Consistently deliver high quality presentations of product lines to various internal and external audiences such as Key Accounts, Sales and Upper Management at key events such as: Pre- Lines, Sample Reviews, Sales Meetings and Trade Shows.

Performance Analysis

Ensure the assigned category products are delivering on business targets, seasonal margins and SKU efficiencies each season. Accountable for financial performance of the category and responsible for growth targets.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS | What you should bring to the table:

  • Strong working knowledge of product creation timelines and apparel manufacturing processes and capabilities
  • Analytical / Strategic thinking; results oriented
  • 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 market trends and retail environment
  • Works effectively within a team atmosphere
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • User /consumer level awareness of outdoor products
  • Self-starter that can influence, persuade, and negotiate effectively to achieve brand mission
  • Manage a complex and growing business that involves active portfolio management, including monitoring and responding to global omni-channel sales and product and consumer feedback.
  • Set detailed product requirements (performance needs and features) that deliver on a compelling user experience
  • Partner closely with design and development teams to deliver on the product innovation roadmap and actively manage any product decisions.Inspire, mentor, and cultivate teams to be excellent product managers and to deliver on business goals and objectives. Act as a people champion across the organization.
  • Act as the ultimate customer advocate, sharing the voice of the customer through deep understanding of consumer needs, buying preferences, and macro trends
  • Continually monitor and report on the market landscape using competitive analysis and consumer insights to inform product decisions
Qualifications And Attributes
  • Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising, Marketing, Business or a related field, MBA a plus
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience managing an soft goods, apparel or accessories line
  • Experience building product lines within the consumer goods industry
  • Act as a people champion within and across the organization
  • Premium brands and consumer goods experience is strongly preferred
  • Ability to work at scale within a global, high-growth environment
  • Excellent agility and problem-solving skills
  • Effectively builds relationships cross-functionally to meet business goals and objectives
  • Strong global product and merchandizing strategy experience
  • Innovative thinker who synthesizes consumer insights, macro trends, and competitive analysis to make informed product decisions.
  • Passion, desire and integrity
  • Results-driven achiever with exemplary planning and organizational skills and a passion for details
  • High level of analytical thinking with demonstrated talent for identifying, scrutinizing, improving, and streamlining complex work process
  • Good communication skills, a professional attitude, and enthusiasm for one’s work are all prerequisites for this position.
  • Proficient in Excel, Power-Point, Word, Adobe Acrobat
What do we bring to the table?
  • 11 paid holidays each year and 3 floating holidaysPTO/PSST
  • Transportation benefitsPaid volunteer time
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans
  • 401K with discretionary 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 
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.

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