Associate Product Operations Manager - #242392

Vista Outdoor

Date: 05/04/2021 18:30 PM

City: Petaluma, California

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Join our talented team. Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Come join our passionate team of Product Operations professionals, who keep us aligned with our suppliers and partners on schedule, on budget, and help to ensure that our products end up in your hands!

CamelBak is a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment where we all move the ball forward. We are passionate about improving the outdoor experience through hydration; striving to make the planet a better place for all of its inhabitants through our work in sustainability and clean water access

CamelBak invented hands free hydration and is the leader in mobile hydration systems for outdoor enthusiasts, performance athletes, and military serviceman throughout the world. Over nearly 30 years CamelBak has built a reputation for innovative products that promote hydration as a healthy part of your daily routine to increase athletic performance, even in the most extreme conditions

CamelBak promotes and celebrates a diverse and equitable workforce. We acknowledge the unique needs of our workforce through the creation of supportive spaces in our work environment, creating opportunities for growth with education, training, and mentorship

The CamelBak Product Ops Team is responsible for all operational aspects of new product introductions (NPI), special make up (SMU) and sustaining projects across all product categories. The primary role of the team is to ensure proper definition, planning, and execution of the supply chain

The Associate Product Operations Manager, RM and NPI role will be responsible for coordinating resources among cross-functional teams, both internally and externally to effectively support projects along the development timeline. In addition, they will manage the supply management of CamelBak tier 2 suppliers


  • Working as a member of CamelBak‚Äôs New Product Core Teams and in conjunction with CamelBak Sourcing, represent all operational aspects of new product builds throughout the development cycle, up to the beginning of steady state production. Key deliverables include commercialization, managing salesman samples, ensuring tooling is built and available for production, raw materials are available, factory capacity is in alignment with the CamelBak forecast, factory product testing equipment and protocols are in place and product transportation is set-up and ready for execution
  • Lead the presentation of Capex budget and supply chain discussion at all milestone meetings. Maintain supplier quotes within the CamelBak PLM system
  • Collaborate with the Product Release coordinator to ensure all NPI SKUs are costed and released in Centric according to the predetermined timeline
  • In collaboration with the supply planner, manage all day to day operations with tier 2 material suppliers inclusive of OTIF, capacity planning, tool life maintenance and Capex reporting
  • Manage resolution of sustaining production issues for tier 2 suppliers to ensure on time delivery. Collaborate with Supply Planning, Sourcing, and Manufacturing Engineering as needed
  • Participate in the deployment and implementation of CamelBak and Product Ops initiatives
  • Develop subject matter expertise regarding specific manufacturing technologies (i.e. CamelBak injection molded plastic and molded stainless steel) to better detect issues and assess capabilities of suppliers and their teams as it pertains to new products being supported
  • Assist in developing and recording metrics, tools, and processes to optimize CamelBak New Product Introduction processes in partnership with the Planning and Sourcing team

Education and Experience Requirement

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience in a consumer products environment, manufacturing, or supply chain
  • 3+ years managing complex projects or multiple projects with demonstrated success
  • Preferable experience in the following areas:

    • New Product Introduction (NPI)
    • Supply chain management
    • Supplier collaboration
    • Injection molding manufacturing

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical ability and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with all levels of the organization
  • Team player with a service mentality who can maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Experience or exposure to working with international suppliers/subcontractors, particularly Asia

Working Conditions:

  • Computer terminal use 6+ hours per day
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs
  • Potential for Domestic and International travel
  • Reoccurring evening virtual meetings with international suppliers as needed

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

Our Postings are not intended for distribution to or use in any jurisdiction, country or territory where such distribution or use would violate local law or would subject us to any regulations in another jurisdiction, country or territory. We reserve the right to limit our Postings in any jurisdiction, country or territory

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

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