New Product Development Manager

(Maple Valley, WA)

As CAF’s New Product Development Manager, you’ll bring your advanced problem-solving skills to a dynamic, fast-paced and rapidly growing company.  We’re looking for a highly driven individual to provide leadership and direction to the new product development process, overseeing the daily operations of the product development lifecycle and execution of successful product launches. This person will also be responsible for ensuring that all CAF employees are trained on the products while achieving and maintaining established goals. This position will include preparing and completing action plans; implementing productivity, quality, and product standards; resolving problems; completing quality audits; identifying product improvements; and implementing change.

Put simply, CAF is looking for:

  1. “The Tinkerer” – someone who possesses a mechanical (and puzzle-solving) aptitude and the desire to roll up their sleeves to get things done
  2. “The Researcher” – someone who can go toe-to-toe with academic community and be one with the “books”
  3. “The Product (Sales) Evangelist” – this person can construct a better sale story than Sales can present to their customers!
  4. “The Product Financial Analyst” – can assure no dead-ends, rabbit-holes, or misfires!...

CAF is a rapid growth company that sells outdoor cleaning products B2B to Fortune 500™ direct accounts. Year over year, our sales growth exceeds 20%. CAF takes pride in our unique, down to earth culture with enthusiastic, tireless, tenacious, grounded, yet super-fun employees that are diverse in background and talent. Our culture is customer oriented and sales are key to the growth of our fast-paced company. We believe that customers come first. We have a strong work ethic, are engaged, and committed to ongoing success. CAF recognizes the need for balance between work and family – the expected travel is sporadic and up to 10% with weekends home to spend with family and friends. If you get excited about working where you live, driving change, and being an integral part of a growing organization, then CAF is where you should be!

The New Product Development Manager reports directly to CAF’s Director of Products and Marketing, Riley Tubbs. Riley’s strong sense of dedication is not only to his company, but to every member of his team. Riley’s management style is to build relationships with each member of his team, encourage them to problem solve without fear of failure, improve through goal setting, coaching, and expecting excellence from himself and his team.

Your Core Responsibilities

  • You’ll manage and participate with the product development team in executing CAF Product Management process, goals and objectives
  • You’ll be responsible for developing, implementing and executing CAF’s go to market product strategy

What You Will Need to Succeed:

  • In-depth understanding of CAF products
  • Strong desire to improve operational excellence on a daily basis
  • Ability to adapt quickly to constantly changing situations
  • Ability to learn quickly, multi-task, as well as work independently and in a team environment
  • Interpersonal and relationship building skills required
  • Strong organizational, social, written and verbal skills
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PPT)
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Professional and consistent work habits, strong work ethic, decisiveness, and drive to achieve company goals
  • Satisfy pre-employment drug screening

You Might Also Have:

  • Confident, articulate and professional ability to communicate
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the persistence to troubleshoot and execute
  • Desire to learn and grow in your current role and beyond
  • Proven problem solving and analytical skills
  • Process oriented with ability to create, refine and/or implement processes
  • Undergraduate degree preferred

 

A Preview of Your Day-to-Day:

Research and Development

  • Knowledge of product development and lifecycle management process
  • Experience gathering requirements including business case development, functional product development, and technical expertise
  • Manage product packaging process and timeline based on production needs

Market Research & Analysis

  • Research and monitor industry developments
  • Monitor and analyze branded and competitive activity by utilizing point of purchase data 
  • Monitor sales activity, work with the finance team to analyze results and identify areas of risk and opportunities
  • Analyzing market data pre and post launch
  • Develop recommendations based on findings
  • Help manage the Marketing team’s activities and projects, providing direction for necessary marketing materials and packaging development 

Prototyping and UX (User Experience)

  • Experience in developing and managing products, utilizing consumer usage, attitudes, needs and wants for product development direction
  • Work with customers to test and gather feedback

Scientific Testing

  • Experience with primary product development as well as reverse engineering existing products
  • Work with labs to test prototypes

Product Launch and Support

  • Build, manage and provide tactical & strategic leadership
  • Launch new products by having full ownership of product development and operational activities to deliver high quality products to market
  • Develop core positioning and messaging for the product

 

Click the button below to learn more and apply for this position.

 

The CAF name and reputation were built on a foundation of trust. This online privacy policy describes the information CAF collects through the services available on our web site, mycaf.com (the “Site”) and how we use that information. Our policy also describes the choices you can make about how we collect and use your information.

What type of information does CAF collect about me?

CAF may collect personal information. Personal information does not include business contact information (e.g. office address, telephone number) in those jurisdictions that recognize such information as not being personal information. Personal information means information about an identifiable individual and may include:

  • identifying information, such as name, address, e-mail address;
  • financial information, such as credit card number

In addition to the personal information you actively provide us, we also collect web site use information which includes information about your internet service provider, browser type, domain name, IP address, the web site that referred you to us, the web pages you request, the date and time of those requests, and entry and exit points. Our collection of web site use information may involve the use of cookies and pixel tags.

Is my personal information shared with third parties?

Our web site may share information with companies that provide support services to us (such as credit card processors, mailing houses or web hosts) or that help us market our products and services. These companies may need information about you in order to perform their functions. These companies are not authorized to use the information we share with them for any other purpose.

We may disclose specific information upon governmental request, in response to a court order, when required by law, to enforce our corporate policies, or to protect our or others' rights, property, or safety. We do not provide information to these agencies or companies for marketing or commercial purposes.

In the event of a sale of some or all of our business, CAF may disclose personal information to those involved in a transfer of all or part of the assets or business.

Unless permitted by law, no personal information is collected, without first obtaining your consent for the collection, use and sharing of that information. The provision of personal information to CAF means that you agree and consent that we may collect, use and share your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy.

How do I remove or modify my personal information?

CAF strives to ensure that any personal information provided and in its possession is as accurate, current and complete as necessary for the purposes for which we use that information.

If you signed up to receive email communications by providing your email address on the home page of mycaf.com, you may either call our customer care line at 425.837.0025 to remove your email address to opt out.

Why does CAF collect web site use information?

During your visit to mycaf.com, we will collect certain web site use information for a number of purposes, namely to:

  • Make your access and shopping more convenient and efficient;
  • Establish Site activity trends;
  • Monitor Site performance; and
  • Improve Site design and functionality.

What about links to other sites?

Please be aware that we provide links to third-party web sites as a service to our guests, and that we are not responsible for the content or information collection practices of those pages. Please note that these web sites' privacy policies may differ from this privacy policy. We encourage you to review and understand their privacy practices before providing them with information.

How is my personal information secured?

CAF strives to maintain appropriate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of personal information. This also applies to our disposal or destruction of personal information.

We encrypt the pipe through which personal information, such as credit card numbers, is sent, using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to ensure that your information is safe as it is sent over the Internet to our server.

What about links to other sites?

Please be aware that we provide links to third-party web sites as a service to our guests, and that we are not responsible for the content or information collection practices of those pages. Please note that these web sites' privacy policies may differ from this privacy policy. We encourage you to review and understand their privacy practices before providing them with information.

Privacy policy changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post a new statement on our Site and change the date at the top of the policy. Therefore, we encourage you to check the date of our privacy policy whenever you visit this Site for any updates or changes. If you have provided personal information to us, we will email you any changes to the privacy policy that might affect the way we use your personal information.

Questions and Feedback

We welcome your questions, comments, and concerns about privacy. Please send us any and all feedback pertaining to privacy, or any other issue.

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our Terms of Use section that explains other terms governing the use of this site.