Senior Product Manager, Hard Goods

Website Leatherman Leatherman Tool Group Inc.

No matter how you define your real life, a Leatherman equips & prepares you for the everyday adventure or the unexpected challenge. Join us! Leatherman is the world leader in the design and manufacturer of innovative, high quality, compact, multi-purpose tools. We employ over 500 team members in our 90,000 square feet facility. Please visit our website at:

Our senior product manager with a focus on hard goods will, independently operate within the framework of the Leatherman NPD process to implement and lead comprehensive product strategies for targeted industries, including identification of market needs, product solutions, market potential and sales potential. Drives toward achieving the company NPD goals, metrics and strategy for products.  Develop plans for product, pricing, cost, and launch strategy. Manage products from ideation to post-launch evaluation and end of life execution.  Plan, organize and coordinate assigned projects to achieve financial/budgetary goals.  Facilitate the development of a collaborative and creative team culture that has fun while working hard and delivering great results.  This is a small team and this position must be capable of being self-driven, navigating a cross-functional organization to achieved desired goals.

Essential Functions

Create the annual update of industry analysis and product roadmap for designated industries, hard goods.

o    Industry and key competitor analysis in for our key markets.

o    Market and channel analysis for each of our strategically important consumer and geographic markets.

o    Leatherman product portfolio analysis to determine performance and opportunities for improvement.

o    Gathering of ideas and organizing, prioritizing and selecting the ones we should focus our resources on for a balance of maximum strategic, brand and revenue value.

·         Deliver/update new product briefs to initiate each phase of development for products which support the product roadmap and efficiently guiding the NPD resources to success.

·         Manage and direct Research and Industrial Design Team/Resources to assure all priorities are aligned and on task.  Manage Voice of Customer (VOC) and Voice of Channel Partner process, including field testing.

·         Create the product strategy, market entry timing, product launch plans and the business case to support the critical business review.  Assure brand alignment and support the team through the development cycle.  Collaborates with the “get to market” and “go to market” teams to actively drive the product to success.  Possesses ownership.

·         Develop end of life strategies and plans to maximize revenue and profit from products scheduled for discontinuation.  Collaborate with Sales and Operations to minimize excess and obsolete raw materials, components, products and costs associated with discontinuation.

·         Provide sales and marketing support to domestic and foreign dealers/distributors/agents.

·         Responsible for global pricing in collaboration with Marketing and Sales.  Create product life cycle pricing strategies to maximize profit.

Additional Functions

Develops own itinerary and travel arrangements as necessary to attend trade shows, customer visits and perform VOC research.

·         Evaluate product recommendations from existing and potential customer/consumer for product feasibility.

·         Develops and maintains a system to store and retrieve developments and discoveries.

·         May be responsible to lead, mentor and manage other members of the Product Management Team.

·         May be responsible to develop and manage team to adhere to the department budget.


Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field or related experience required.

·         Two – three years “Hard Goods” experience required.

·         Four – seven years progressively responsible product marketing and project management experience required.

·         Demonstrated ability to lead, manage and mentor direct and indirect reports.

·         Excellent organization skills with strong attention to detail.

·         Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, communication and teamwork.

·         Possess strong written and oral communication skills.

·         Work independently and possess a high level of self-motivation and initiative.

·         Effectively problem solve, prioritize, and follow through on assignments and projects.

*Hybrid means working onsite at our corporate office located in Portland, Oregon several days per week.

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