Product Development Manager



Job Type



Charity / Voluntary, Environmental / Conservation, Management, Operations, Other, Sales / Business Development



Product Development Manager
Reference: APR20226299
Location: Flexible in UK
Salary: £33,600 - £37,275 Per Annum
Contract: Permanent, Full Time

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated Product Development Manager to join the RSPB Commercial team, to manage the product sourcing for our for Wild Bird Food, Bird Care, and Optics categories. This is a great opportunity to work for the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe where you can be a part of our work to care for the environment and save nature.

About the role:

Working in our Product, Licensing and Trade team, you will be responsible for developing and delivering commercially successful product ranges, which help to meet the financial and strategic objectives of the trading business and wider RSPB priorities and campaigns.

This role will develop the Bird Food, Bird Care and Optics product strategy to meet the needs of our retail sales channels and ambitious income targets. Spotting new opportunities and working closely with new and existing suppliers and partners, will be key to delivering products at the right cost, the right quality, the right sustainability and in line with the range review process.

We have a new strategy with ambitious targets, so this is an exciting time to join our fast paced team and help contribute towards the fight to save nature.

What we will need from you:

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Relevant experience in a similar product development or buying role.
  • Communications - listening, written and verbal: Able to communicate and present in a clear manner at all levels internally and externally.
  • Influence - relationship building: Being able to engage others and negotiate to reach an agreement. Able to collaborate, motivate, inspire, and build respect at all levels.
  • Judgment and decision-making: Able to define and clarify a situation or opportunity through gathering facts and evidence, evaluating options, and making a justifiable decision to progress.
  • Numeracy and analysis: Able to understand and interpret sales and trend data to assist in future range planning.
  • Detail-orientated, able to prioritise and manage a large workload.
  • Able to demonstrate commercial acumen and the creative vision to deliver commercial products.

Desirable skills knowledge and experience:

  • Experience managing and developing direct reports.
  • Understanding of ethical and sustainable sourcing.

The successful candidate can either be home or office-based, depending on personal requirements and location. There will be a requirement for occasional travel within the UK and to our Headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Closing Date: 23:59, Sun, 22nd May 2022
They are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 30th May 2022.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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