Product Developer, Core ATB Bike Categories
Specialized Bicycle Components - Morgan Hill, CA

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Bike Families
  • Carve/Jett
  • Rockhopper
  • Hardrock/Myka HT
  • P.series
  • Hotrock

REPORTS TO Director or Core Product Commercialization


Primary responsibilities for this role are development and assistance to Product Management for the defined category of bikes and components developed by Specialized. The ideal candidate will also assist in creating the product strategy to achieve sales and growth in the IBD channel. It will be essential to manage the execution, tracking and costing of all projects they are associated with. This position requires a unique entrepreneurial aptitude for translating customer needs into desired bicycle products and unique rider benefits. Candidates must be capable of supporting the efforts of our Product Design, Engineering, and Marketing team members. It’s also imperative that this position engages in the manufacturing sector by developing and maintaining vendor relations whose support we rely on heavily for success.

  • Passionate and driven high performance addition to the bicycle R&D team
  • Self-motivated team member with depth of product design, function, compatibility and manufacturing knowledge
  • Current connection to the market trends and consumers for all of the cycling experiences we serve
  • Broad understanding and empathetic feel for rider needs, likely from personal experience riding and working bike retail
  • Leader who exhibits the vision and creativity to drive innovative solutions for tomorrow’s needs with a keen sense of what is driving trends and how to stay in front of them
  • Articulate speaker with strong communication skills who can comfortably inspire large groups to see your vision and future
  • Team player with an open mind and good listening skills who enjoys collaboration
  • Lead our consumer insight driven product development process for ATB categories
  • Develop the strategy, projects and timelines from which the resource departments and team members can execute the on-time & on-target delivery of innovative market leading product and alert team members to actions
  • Manage the development of components and chassis solutions while setting the positioning, model offerings, specifications and color work directions of ATB bike families
  • Manage BOM’s, negotiating costs, and work with markets on optimal retail pricing
  • Assist in the business strategy to achieve sales, net margin, and SKU productivity for the assigned categories
  • Develop competitive analysis for different markets and sub segments
  • Present product vision, features, and functionality to sales team and our retailers
  • Review and share accountability for category margin
  • Bachelors’ degree with 1-2 years or equivalent related experience
  • Product management or product development experience or a minimum of 2 years experience in the cycling industry, bike retail sales and/or mechanic preferred
  • Proven knowledge of trends, market drivers, and customers in the cycling industry
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Demonstrated success in growing product categories
  • Experience working with Asian suppliers and an understanding of European and Asian markets is preferred
  • Strong technical and bike mechanic skills
  • Excellent Excel and other Microsoft Office skills
  • Must be able to travel (International & Domestic) 15 – 25% of the time

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