PD Project Manager at YouCopia

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YouCopia is looking for a Project Manager to join our Product Development team as we scale our business in 2021.  This person will be responsible for organizing and executing an improved development process to ensure products are moved from concept to launch in an efficient manner.  They will create project plans, gather product data, manage costing details, and track progress throughout the process. Excellent communication of relevant information to cross-functional teams - sales, marketing, engineering, design, and Asia sourcing- will be critical for success. This position reports to the VP of Product Development.

What will you do at YouCopia?

  • Formalize our product development process for higher efficiency and output.
  • Maintain a detailed project work-plan (PD Tracker) so the team stays informed and organized. Lead on each products’ defined objectives, project scope, and delivery schedule.
  • Organize all relevant cost information including piece quotes, development and tooling investments.
  • Work with the PD team and Chinese factories/brokers to ensure project timelines are fully communicated and deliverables are met.
  • Manage rounds of product revision samples, from first shots to final product approval.
  • Initiate product testing to meet internal and/or specific vendor requirements. Drive improved QC reporting.
  • Work closely with Operations to onboard products in YouCopia’s internal systems, taking them from development to ready-to-launch.
  • Communicate Product Development activities and gather feedback from Sales and Marketing during monthly team meetings. Prepare presentation decks for Greenlight approval meetings.
  • Work with Product Marketing to conduct regular discovery cycles that maximize customer insight, sales data, industry trends, and the resources of the team.
  • Provide updates including project performance metrics, suggested areas for improvement, and overall progress against objectives on a consistent basis to YouCopia’s management team.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 5-8 years of CPG product development and/or related experience
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, business, or a related field, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred
  • Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices
  • Experience seeing projects through the full PD life cycle
  • Efficient with communication tools such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proven ability to creatively solve problems while being passionate about product
  • Responsive, organized, hard-working and positive at your core
  • Strong interpersonal skills and entrepreneurial mindset

Benefits

  • Being a part of a team that is growing and having fun while doing it
  • Competitive salary with bonus program tied to growth
  • Three weeks (15 days) annual paid vacation/personal time
  • Health (BCBS of IL), Vision, & Dental Insurance
  • 401K with up to 4% match

About Us

YouCopia is a growing housewares brand in the storage & organization category. Since its founding in 2009, our private company has established itself as a source for innovative products selling in major retail accounts such as Amazon, Target, Walmart and The Container Store.  We're a small team that works closely together to deliver a “woo hoo” brand experience that reaches millions of consumers each year.

www.youcopia.com

YouCopia is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

 

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Location

YouCopia is in Ravenswood, just steps away from the Montrose Brown Line. We’re surrounded by breweries, restaurants and cool makers (like us).

What are YouCopia Perks + Benefits

YouCopia Benefits Overview

YouCopia offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, vision and dental insurance plans, 15 days of PTO plus 10 paid holidays a year, an annual bonus program, and a 401K plan with 4% match. Our renovated loft office is spacious and located in a super-convenient place along the Ravenswood corridor (although COVID has us working from home most days). Our kitchen is fully stocked with coffee, snacks and more La Croix than you can shake a stick at. We enjoy shortened summer hours, early Fridays, and company outings to help you feel right at home.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
YouCopia's Feeling Good Doing Good program supports The Greater Chicago Food Depository to deliver meals to those in need.
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
YouCopia is Women-Owned and a proud member of the Women's Business National Enterprise Council..
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Remote Work Program
Since COVID, we've been mostly working from home. Some team members choose to come into our office space one or two days a week while observing policies to keep everyone safe.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
YouCopians receive 15 to 20 days PTO based on role and tenure.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
YouCopia loves a good happy hour. When the world is cooperating, we try to see each other socially on a monthly basis.
Stocked Kitchen
Only the best coffee, unlimited snacks and all the flavors of La Croix (except coconut, we're firm on that).
Happy Hours
Parking
We provide a permit for free street parking along Ravenswood. We're also right next to the Montrose stop on the El - Brown line.
Pet Friendly
Partial to hypoallergenic dogs (Stewart!) and pink spiders.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications
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