Product Development Manager

Listed March 13th 2024
Collingwood, Melbourne VIC
Full Time – 18 month opportunity


For over 37 years, Aesop has carefully cultivated an inspiring and inclusive environment in which our employees are supported and encouraged to thrive. As a global retail organisation, we offer professional development and advancement opportunities to complement career goals and aspirations.

We aim to strike the right balance between people, planet and profit, actively reducing our footprint on the planet that generously sustains us. So far, this journey has led us to become a certified B Corp. We are collectively committed to building a more sustainable and inclusive society.

Aesop is an endorsed employer for all women. See our range of benefits and policies directly at Work180: Aesop – Work180 Endorsed Employer.

Role Purpose

We are seeking a creative, thoughtful, and meticulous Product Development Manager to join Aesop on an initial 18-month role. Reporting to the Senior Manager-Product Development, you will be responsible for managing and coordinating the development of new products in line with Aesop’s philosophy, product principles and positioning.

Working on a variety of projects and categories, you will be responsible for the development and management of products through the stages of an established New Product Development (NPD) process. With a focus on leading conversations around finding path to on-time launch and mitigating associated risks, your previous experience in product development and risk management will help you partner with both internal and external stakeholders to deliver fitting products of exceptional quality.

Working closely with the relevant Product Category Manager/s and the Senior Manager-Product Development, you will effectively coordinate several business functions (including Creative, R&D, Packaging, Compliance and Supply Chain) to ensure the on-time delivery of all projects. A balanced creative and analytical thinker, your ability to capture creative ideas and translate them into robust project timelines will underpin your success in this role.

A global role with remit across Asia, ANZ, Europe and Americas, this requires flexibility in working hours/arrangements to accommodate the need for regular regional/global meetings within and across time zones.

What we are looking for

  • Strong demonstrated experience in Product Development, Risk management and/or Project Management (Consumer goods experience highly regarded)
  • Tertiary qualification in Business, Engineering or an equivalent field
  • Strong/Proven project management and organisational skills;
  • Experience in New Product Development and/or Innovation is mandatory;
  • A detail orientation with excellent follow through skills;
  • Demonstrated ability dealing with multiple projects or tasks concurrently;
  • Practical, positive attitude and adept at problem solving;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Ability to build effective and influential relationships in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Adept at creative problem solving;

What’s on Offer

At Aesop, we believe that the best people drive our business to continued success and so we take a holistic approach to employment, promoting employee wellbeing initiatives and encouraging deep connections with the local community through the Aesop Foundation, volunteering, matched giving programs. In addition, we offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements (we value work-life balance)
  • Flexible Fridays (summer hours)
  • Generous product discount of up to 50% & complimentary product allocation
  • Team lunches, sponsored social clubs, team events, and celebrations
  • Parental leave and vaccination leave
  • Individual training budget – strong focus on Learning and Development – access to the entire LinkedIn training library suite, and funded training programs
  • Home office set-up reimbursements
  • Short term incentive bonus programs to reward performance for applicable roles
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program along with other wellbeing offerings including a complimentary Headspace subscription