Comfort Research Published: August 4, 2017
Location
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Comfort Research is a leading manufacturer of some killer consumer products best known for its Big Joe brand of products which can be found in the world’s top retailers, Amazon, Walmart, Frontgate, and Costco just to name a few.  The products Comfort Research makes are in the categories of bean bags, floating pool products, kids chairs, and outdoor seating.  Comfort Research is seeking a Product Champion.  What does that mean…well let us explain:

Orahh is a technology platform that Comfort Research is pioneering in consumer products to create EPS outdoor furniture frames, EPE floating products, EPP kid’s chairs, and more.  This platform has been in development over the last several years and has recently had a soft launch of its outdoor furniture.  You can see an example of some of the first products here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFywiBELwpc

The Product Champion is passionate about bringing new products using the Orahh platform to life and reports to the Co-Founder/FABulator.  The Champ must fully understand Engineering, Sales, and Marketing as well as be knowledgeable around Operations and Supply Chain.  The Champ is a researcher by nature with a curious disposition that is aggressive and not afraid to fail knowing that the current failure might just lead to the next huge success.  There will be more failures than there will be successes and that is acceptable and embraced.

The Champ will have a vision for new products and the platform looking 1-5 years out and be the most passionate cheerleader.  They will create actionable plans to reach that vision, making hard decisions along the way as feasibility is determined and design trade-offs are encountered.  They will be detail oriented, working day in and out with the development team, defining and iterating the product, solving problems along the way.  They must have the analytical ability to consider Company business needs, customer needs, product design, and Engineering cost/time/risk considerations to make optimal recommendations. The Champ must create launch plans, training material, and go to market strategies to ensure product success in the marketplace.  This includes supporting Marketing, Sales and Customer Support groups to stay on top of quality, field issues, and customer experiences with the product.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Continuing to develop & expand our new Orahh Technology platform
  • Adding additional technologies to expand the Orahh platform and complement the Orahh platform
  • Research additional products and product categories to enter
  • Having a deep understanding of the different types of materials used in Orahh Technology, their properties, and uses
  • Work with Sales and Marketing to develop a go to market strategy
  • Develop strategic pricing strategy for new products
  • Present the new products to key customers alongside the Sales team
  • Writing detailed Design Direction Documents and ensures alignment during the development process
  • Plan a clear and concise handoff from the Orahh R&D Team to the Sales, Marketing, and Operations team
  • Work with Engineering to develop Operational efficiencies and automation
  • Work with Operations to develop Operational plan
  • Work with Supply Chain to ensure smooth flow of incoming materials to meet forecasted demand
  • Travel domestically and internationally looking for new technologies and product opportunities
  • Being the biggest Critic and Biggest Fan of the platform and products
  • Potential to be part of the Leadership Team
  • 2-4 Engineering and Design direct reports

 

Qualifications:

  • 4 Year BS or BA Degree
  • post graduate degree a plus
  • 5+ Years Management Experience
  • Ability to travel up to 8+ weeks annually
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