Head of Product Development & Merchandising

About ettitudeettitude is a direct-to-consumer sustainable comfort brand offering modern bedding, bath and sleepwear products made from the world’s first CleanBamboo™ fabric. On a quest to make the world a more comfortable place, today and in 100 years, our innovative products are silky-soft and better for people and planet.Founded in Melbourne, ettitude launched its US business in Nov 2017, further accelerating an already rapid growth pattern. We’re proud to be an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company and the 5th fastest growing private company in Los Angeles.We are a diverse team from around the world, all of whom share a genuine and authentic connection to the same mission. At ettitude, sustainability is the watchword for everything we do. We don’t just make sustainable products, we also support sustainable relationships, work practices and lifestyles. ettitude provides equal opportunities without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.We’re excited to expand the team with a Head of Product Development & Merchandising. Come join us!This position can either be in Los Angeles USA or Melbourne Australia.The OpportunityWe are looking for an inspired and innovative leader to lead ettitude’s product development efforts. This person will be directly responsible for owning the full life cycle of product development and improvement functions. The role will also have a heavy focus on ensuring that our products and efforts support our sustainability mission. This role works cross-functionally and will report to the CEO and President.We believe collaboration is the key to bringing great ideas to life. We are looking for candidates with proven experience in building strong relationships cross-functionally with all stakeholders to bring the best products our customers expect to market efficiently and effectively.What You’ll DoSet the long- and short-term product roadmap based on market insights/analytics, customer feedback, and competitive/global market trends while encompassing our brand and business objectives.Create and maintain the quarterly line plan, making strategic and daily operational business decisions to ensure success and working closely with cross-functional partners on a daily basis to achieve set sales and margin targets whilst maintaining a healthy inventory position.Develop and execute strategies to identify opportunities to fill gaps in our product portfolio and to improve our existing products by engaging with our target market and customer base.Assume accountability for our long- and short-term sustainability goals as related to product development and innovation.Manage product merchandising by continuously evaluating our portfolio and driving performance by monitoring sales growth, productivity, margin, sell-through and other key metrics.Work with the Creative, Marketing and Ops teams to develop new product concepts; go-to-market strategies; pricing and profitability plans; sales projections; and inventory plans that align with our standards for innovation, ethics, and sustainability. Be the most knowledgeable person about our products - lead internal training for other departments to educate them on the ins and outs of what we offerCoach and manage product development and sustainability manager(s) as a direct, day-to-day manager.What We’re Looking For5+ years of product development and merchandising experience in a consumer-based retail environment. Experience in home textile or fashion and/or eCommerce preferred.Proven managerial and coaching ability.Experience with product planning, sales forecasting and working to budgets.Experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment requiring new process creation, process improvement, task prioritization, and strong project management.Strong experience in exploratory data analysis and in providing data acquisition and modeling requirements.Strong analytical and problem-solving competencies with the ability to synthesize information, apply critical thought and present the information in a clear and meaningful way.Passionate about data-backed decision making complemented with strong strategic/critical thinking and problem-solving skills.A champion for sustainability who is passionate about our mission. Comfortable in a startup environment with evolving organizational needs. Autonomous self-starter with a hunger to learn and adaptability to change.Benefits11 Public Holidays.15 Vacation Days per year. Plus, an additional 2 vacation days are granted with each year of employment, up to a total maximum of 20 vacation days annually. Unused PTO days carry over.Annual paid activism and volunteerism leave: 1 day.Sick Days (Personal/Carer’s Leave): 10 days per year of employment. Unused sick days carry over.Paid bereavement leave: 2 days per occasion.Parental leave policy: up to 18 weeks of leave total, with 12 weeks fully paid for parents of any gender (with at least 12 months tenure at the company).$1000 allowance per year for self-development (continuing education, technology - computer, headphones, etc).$1500 potential for continuing education (2 team members sponsored per year).Health insurance: up to 100% company-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees & families (depending on plan selected)Other available services: 401k, short- and long-term disability coverage, accident insurance, critical illness, life insurance, AD&D insurance, flexible spending account, legal insurance.During COVID: monthly phone/internet allowance of $50; weekly happy hour allowance $10; monthly team lunch allowance $15.Post-COVID: up to 3 times a week work remotely flexibility.50% off ettitude products.