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The Estee Lauder Companies Smashbox - Assistant Manager, Global Product Development, Color in Culver City, California
Smashbox - Assistant Manager, Global Product Development, Color
The Estée Lauder Companies are the global leader in prestige beauty — delighting consumers with transformative products and experiences, inspiring them to express their individual beauty.
Smashbox Cosmetics knows camera-ready beauty. Born out of Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles—the modern-day image factory where countless iconic celebrity and fashion images have been shot—we are a fast-growing, prestige cosmetics brand with domestic and international presence. Staying true to our L.A. studio roots, we are creative and trendsetting, yet laidback and accessible. As part of the Estee Lauder Companies family of brands, we will continue to grow and are seeking qualified candidates to join our exceptional team in Culver City, CA..
About the Job
The Global Product Development Assistant Manager will help develop and drive innovative products that meet overall Smashbox brand strategies. This unique role is responsible for the development within Color and Limited-Life categories. The Assistant Manager will work in a collaborative team environment to develop formulas and technologies to support a highly agile marketing calendar and innovation pipeline. This role will manage positive working relationships with cross-functional team members and interpret the brand’s vision to create highly successful products in the effort to drive and sustain growth. Position reports to Director of Global Product Development.
About Your Responsibilities
Initiate, track and execute all stages of product development. Work directly with Estee Lauder Corporate R&D and third party vendors.
Work with Marketing, R&D, New Launch Operations, Packaging and Creative to ensure all products are launched on time
Work with the Fragrance Lab, Corporate Fragrance and/or directly with Fragrance Houses to initiate and track the development of maskants
Work with PD and Marketing to come up with new innovative ideas for Smashbox which involves brainstorming, competitive shopping and research within respective categories
Communicate product concepts and shade direction to appropriate laboratory. Review and re-direct submissions until desired attributes and performance is achieved.
Evaluate all product submissions and the establishment of standards from lab through first production. Evaluate reformulations and update production standards.
Travel to R&D (Melville and Canada) and outside vendors (US and International) on a regular basis for development of new product concepts and calendarized formula development. Provide on-site approvals.
Identify benchmarks and/ or develop formula prototypes
Create and distribute comprehensive Product Development Briefs
Create content and implement product related survey for internal panel testing
Work proactively with Packaging Engineer to drive technical packaging needs
Responsible for executing all formula approvals for aesthetics and desired attributes on time and within COG’s
Provide technical product information to marketing, copy, and creative teams to support collateral and communication
Communicate final clinical & sensory claims substantiation to cross functional SBX teams
Educate and train employees on new product features and benefits at turnover meeting
Attend seminars, key supplier conference, industry events as needed to stay abreast of new trends, textures, and technology
Manage and mentor Product Development Interns during PD process
Track key trends, the competitive environment and participate in brainstorming meetings for new product concepts
Provide key product information to Education, Copy and Marketing including Product Profiles, Product Usage Statements and Product Descriptions for copy
Help coordinate samples for meetings, photography, etc. and evaluate/organize 1st Production Finished goods
Purchase and evaluate competitive products, prepare written assessments, and participate in presenting data
Coordinate distribution of approved standards to Marketing, Packaging, and Creative.
Evaluate Competitive NPD and analysis
Accurately review primary and secondary artwork for color descriptions, product shot, color on models and product listing
4 years of relevant work experience
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Meticulous attention to detail
Experienced researcher who can find answers and track down information
Ability to work independently and follow through
Creative and proactive problem solver
Solid Excel and PowerPoint Skills
Job: Product Development - R&D
Primary Location: Americas-US-CAA-Culver City
Job Type: Standard
Shift: 1st (Day) Shift
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Number: 1910410
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