Product Development Manager

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Position Overview
  • Manage product development for assigned businesses with minimal supervision.  Meet all schedule, cost, quality and confidentiality requirements. 
  • Develop and Manage a staff of Planners/Product developers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage product development and estimating of scale and non-scale products in accordance with pricing guidelines, while working closely with business managers on packaging, function and design direction while adhering to master schedules for new products.
  • Set up and maintain appropriate cost planning records
  • Analyze bids and negotiate pricing to determine and make vendor recommendation in order to achieve gross margin and savings goals.  Focus on balancing savings with features, quality, and display of product.
  • Perform basic financial and statistical analysis to develop purchasing profiles and bid proposals
  • Manage the flow, creation and/or verification of purchase order payments, Wire Transfers, working directly with vendors, and Corporate Treasury to assure timely payment and receipt of commercial documents.
  • Estimate scale and non-scale products in accordance with pricing guidelines and in adherence to master schedules
  • Investigate and resolve cost variances in a timely manner
  • Liaise with Product Safety to ensure that all vendors are providing proper safety documentation
  • Work closely with Director of Planning on crisis management of reorders and assist in finding and vetting substitute products and vendors
  • Work directly with Procurement, Supply, Logistics, Scholastic Businesses and vendors to prioritize title lists and ensure that products are completed and shipped in time to meet end use dates
  • Oversee approvals at all stages of preproduction
  • Oversee adherence to budget on all individual titles.  Budgetary responsibility of approximately $150K per year
  • Works with Category Managers/Buyers and Editorial to distill ideas into product concepts and determines product specifications
  • Research current concept designs and investigate unique interpretations
  • Ensure all invoices are processed in a timely manner and variances are resolved
  • Monitor metrics of master schedules and track deviations for all titles.  Identify issues, work to resolve them and share with Supervisor on a regular basis
  • Provide status updates.  Ensure accuracy of information in Epic
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve file issues without assistance from Supervisor
  • Create and implement preproduction schedules from conception through completion of final product, based upon master schedules, vendor lead times and specific end use needs
  • Conduct color reviews and press checks as needed to align with quality standards.  Authorized to reject proofs where necessary
  • Track and report vendor issues to share with Global Procurement Team
  • Ensure that all titles go through safety testing and work through issues with safety team to resolve prior to final testing
  • Oversee file deposits to the Scholastic archive
  • Review work processes on a regular basis to determine ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs and incorporate new technology
  • Responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with our partners inside and outside of Scholastic
  • Develop and manage a staff of planners/product developers


Additional Information 

*  Effective communicator at all levels

*  Strong knowledge of prepress and printing

*  Ability to train and manage a staff

*  Basic paper knowledge

*  High motivation, assertiveness, flexibility and adaptability to change

*  Problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills

*  Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload

*  Ability to make decisions and recommendations in high pressure work environment

*  Basic safety knowledge
*  Moderate negotiation skills

*  Demonstrate productivity in a team environment

*  Geographic Responsibility - Country: USA
*  Budget - Annual Budget ($150K)
Managerial Responsibility
*  Full
Job Requirement
*  Education - Bachelor/University
*  Experience - 5-8 years



Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services  that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online.  True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at


Some benefits that we offer:


•  100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment

•  Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance

•  Tuition Reimbursement

•  Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount


Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Scholastic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy is clear: there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran.

Those factors shall not influence the determination of qualifications for a job or other opportunity within the company. Further, all personnel actions (such as compensation, tuition aid, benefits, transfers, promotions, and dismissals, company-sponsored training, social and recreational programs) shall be administered without discrimination. To view the full EOE policy, click here.

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