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Product Manager

Date: Jul 3, 2019

Location: Mason, OH, US, 45040

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

IMAGEN Brands, our story began over a century ago; we’ve evolved into a global leader of imprinted products for corporate and collegiate brands.  Our insights into current and emerging retail trends, as well as our dedication to exemplary service, have made us the go-to partner for our customers around the world. As we continue to grow, we will explore past our current horizons, look for unexpected solutions and expand into new avenues of opportunity.  The search for innovative products, process and possibilities will always guide our way.   Our Brand Promise - Everything you should expect. More than you can IMAGEN.


IMAGEN Brands companies:  Owned by EBSCO Industries, Inc.

Job Summary

IMAGEN Brands is seeking an experienced Category Manager to take the lead on new initiatives as well as designing and delivering solutions in the product development space. Located in our Mason, Ohio office, this position would work directly with other Category Managers and report to the Lead Category Manager. 

Job Responsibilities

A Category Manager would be responsible for but not limited to the following:

  • Makes analytical based decisions by evaluating new and existing product, conducting market research to determine pricing, providing counter measures if it sells or doesn’t sell, and implementing an exit strategy per product
  • Defines Go-to-Market and Category plan with the Lead Category Manager and VP of Marketing
  • Achieves product gross margin goals
  • Attracts a new retail partner per category
  • Drives continuous improvement on product packaging
  • Collaborates with the Supply Chain team, Supply Chain Compliance Coordinator and vendors to negotiate prices and ensure product safety
  • Controls lead times, conducts all imprint testing and assists in decreasing costs in collaboration with Production
  • Leads micro market promotions in collaboration with the Director of Marketing
  • Searches for category opportunities in the marketplace


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferably in the Marketing space
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably in industrial design or apparel design


Essential Job Functions

  • Outstanding organizational, interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Expertise in managing the design phase, visual line planning, and color story recommendations
  • Demonstrates proficiency in Adobe illustrator for product design
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong follow up
  • Ability to anticipate and meet deadlines and to work on multiple projects
  • Proven Microsoft Word and Excel skills as well as excellent oral and written communication
  • Strong presentation skills for training sales force including videos and social media.
  • Knowledge of product development process and seasonal cadence, merchandising and category planning
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time in an office environment and/ or in front of a computer with or without reasonable accommodations


Preferred Skills

  • Experience in Promotional Products or Gift Industry
  • Experience with Tableau
  • Knowledge of techniques and characteristics in an overseas production setting within different product lines

EBSCO Industries, an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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