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Product Development Manager


Department: Product Development

Reports to: Director of Lighting & Accessories

Status: Non-exempt

Job Type: Full Time

Date: February 2021

As a family-owned company, PALECEK values integrity, loyalty a nd strong partnerships. We are driven to improve, innovate, and inspire. We bring our personal best to every aspect of our business, from our design and craft to our internal teamwork and customer service. We are passionate about creativity and believe that beautiful spaces enhance the quality of life.

This position will support the Director of Lighting and Accessories in the design, sourcing and execution of product in accordance with corporate product launches and assortment strategies.
The ideal candidate will be responsible for both development and administrative tasks supporting design concepts, sample development, and final product specifications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Study market trends and competitor assortments, create Powerpoint analyses as needed
  • Occasionally analyze in-house sales data to identify trends / actionables
  • Assist with creating presentation boards of concepts and incoming product
  • Generate Palecek sample requests (PSR) and/or spec packets for new developments as directed by the design team
  • Communicate daily with overseas partners on developments, revisions, sample progress, costing, timelines
  • Monitor sample production status, tracking and delivery via the company‚Äôs PLM system
  • Track initial finish swatches for approval into the QC/PD Finish Library
  • Manage in-house lighting developments in conjunction with our Lamp Dept, creating component specifications for production
  • Set up merchandise review meetings to present product to the executive team
  • Assist in some product assembly/installation for sample review
  • Prepare pricing documents for meetings, studying comps and identifying challenges/opportunities
  • Work with Repair dept to make sample adjustments prior to launch
  • Communicate product changes to relevant parties
  • Review and approve initial specification sheets from overseas vendors ensuring vital measurements and packaging specs are well defined
  • Maintain accurate product information databases
  • Generate notes/recaps for key meetings
  • Quality control check and approval on initial inventory shipments
  • Target pricing and negotiations with vendors
  • Some proof-reading of marketing materials may be required
  • Responsible for the maintenance/organization of the PD sample areas

    Organizational Relationships

  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Must be highly detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, fluent in written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Excel, MS Word, Adobe Creative applications; experience with AS400 a plus
  • Understanding of Palecek brand identity and market position
  • High degree of flexibility and multi-tasking
  • Industry experience a plus, especially in lighting / home furnishings


  • Health and Dental Benefits
  • 401K
  • Profit Sharing
    Salary depends on experience. Please email resume to