Product Development Specialist (Hybrid)

Framingham, MA | Job #1018870

Location: Framingham, Massachusetts
Job Type: Contract
Compensation Range: $27 - 29 per hour

Our top retail client is looking for a talented Product Development Specialist to join their Product Development Team on the development and approval of various home products.

In this role, you will develop and execute products based upon vision and void directed by the Merchants and Manager to ensure the timely shipment of quality, trend right product. You will develop strong customer service and working relationships with Agents, Buyer Vendors and other inter-departmental associates and regularly shop all levels of stores including competitors for fashion, trends, color direction and value. The ideal candidate is able to communicate and interpret conceptual design ideas, and has strong Excel and PowerPoint skills.

This is a hybrid role in which you will have to report onsite in Framingham, MA 2 days a week.

  • Develop working relationships and communication skills.
  • Ensure styling details and product standards are clearly communicated and understood by Agents/Vendors.
  • Facilitate problem resolution in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate the development process according to time and action deadlines.
  • Develop an understanding of how to create achievable programs and how to add efficiencies while working with the Manager and team.
  • Work with the technical design and design team to ensure that the product styling is consistent with current market trends.
    • Work with their Managers, the Agents and Vendors to develop new techniques and concept samples.
  • Work closely with the Sourcing Team with some experience with Excel and pivot tables.
  • Review all submits received from vendors for compliance to standards.
    • Communicate technically achievable direction to the vendors on how to correct color, strike-offs, components, and samples.
    • Consult Product Manager or team members for functional guidance as necessary.
  • Assist in monitoring delivery and production flow according to the Time & Action deadlines. Monitor WIP reports with Product Development team, Agents, and Vendors to ensure on-time delivery for all programs.
  • Travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Approve submits including trims, dips, print strike-offs, fabric quality and samples against established standards.
  • Resolve issues as they arise in accordance with the Time and Action calendar.
  • Prioritize workload.
  • Act with integrity.
  • Recommend methods to improve the product construction and quality.


  • Experience level: Experienced
  • Degree in Business / or Home Product /Fashion and/or Merchandising knowledge.
  • Minimum of 3+ years Product Development experience.
  • PC skills including EXCEL, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint (PLM, Web PDM, Adobe Illustrator a plus).
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Strong math skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational and follow-through skills.
  • Skills:
    • Product Design
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Management
    • Product Development Specialist
    • Merchandising

JOBID: 1018870

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At Cella, a randstad digital company, we welcome people of all abilities and want to ensure that our hiring and interview process meets the needs of all applicants. If you require a reasonable accommodation to make your application or interview experience a great one, please contact [email protected].

Pay offered to a successful candidate will be based on several factors including the candidate's education, work experience, work location, specific job duties, certifications, etc. In addition, Cella by randstad digital offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, an incentive and recognition program, and 401K contribution (all benefits are based on eligibility).

We are passionate about connecting you with the right role at the right organization—and providing you great benefits for the great work you do. With an attractive compensation package including competitive salary, 401(k) plan, weekly paychecks, holiday pay and a health benefits program, we have you covered.

Cella is an award-winning leader in consulting, staffing and managed solutions for creative, marketing, digital and proposal development teams. We help people build meaningful careers and partner with companies to help them win. Our staffing solutions include freelance, contract, temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. Cella has earned the 2022 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent 10-Year Diamond Awards—an honor earned by only 1% of staffing firms in the U.S. Cella is an equal opportunity employer.