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    Northern Lights Enterprises, Inc., a Zippo Company, and leading designer of luxury candles and artisan made accessories, is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time hourly opportunity as a Product Development Assistant – responsible for assisting in the development, operational and administrative functions relating to the product development process.

     

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    Project Management:

    · Manage and communicate the details of each project assigned using project management software

    · Organize project information by customer/vendor

    · Communicate vendor updates with internal departments as needed

    · Create Calendars for upcoming projects and share calendars

    · Push forward assigned tasks/projects

    · Other duties as assigned

     

    Design:

    · Assist in the design and development of candle products

    · Continually research home décor and candle market trends

    · Surface or pattern decoration development

    · Pantone selection

    · Design within project limitations i.e. price, size, wax content, season, trend, etc.

    · Other duties as assigned

     

    Development:

    · Research and evaluate manufacturers, vendors and materials

    · Create quotation sheets based on project requirements

    · Create costing sheets and grids based on project requirements in Google Sheets

    · Maintain costing database/files of quality spec information and quotes with vendors

    · Correspond with vendors regarding projects, samples and quality information

    · Review vendor solicitation catalogs and request additional dimension and costing information and recording information in costing database

    · Communicate all sample quality measures with Purchasing and QC to establish requirements and create Spec Sheets to ensure these measures

    · Submit and track fragrance sample requests

    · Maintain the organization physical fragrance samples

    · Track and communicate sample progression throughout the process up to sending to a customer

    · Unpack, label, and maintain the organization of physical samples

    · Digital Product photography for product development, sample and QC purposes

    · Follow up with Testing Dept. on testing potential/current products

    · Follow up with QC dept on results of inspection process

    · Other duties as assigned

     

    Qualifications:

    · Office experience required

    · Excellent computer skills using email, google drive sheets, basic Excel, Word, PowerPoint, project management software.

    · Photoshop and Illustrator skills required

    · Excellent research skills via internet and phone calls

    · Must have high color sensitivity

    · Use of Skype/FaceTime/Teams and other media communications programs required

    · Intermediate Photography skills

    · Must be creative, detail oriented and highly organized

    · Must be flexible to switch tasks quickly, change requirements, or rush tasks if needed

    · Must be a tenacious question asker who does not wait for information

    · Professional, career oriented and self-motivated

    · Ability to work independently within rigid time constraints within a team environment

    · Must be a creative problem solver within a group offering on the spot insight and solutions if needed

    · Excellent verbal and written communication skills especially with people of different cultures, religions and levels of English speaking.

    · Basic understanding of materials like glass, ceramic, wood, metals, paper.

    · Project Management skills required

    · Must be able to lift 35lbs

     

    *If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@zippo.com