Product Manager

Emeryville, CA /
Manufacturing – Product /
Full Time - Exempt
Company Profile
MycoWorks is the biotechnology company that produces Reishi™, a Fine Mycelium™option for leather that is neither animal nor plastic. We are currently shipping product to brand partners in fashion, and we are backed by some of the leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Our mission is to benefit the world with new materials that offer superior performance to animal leathers and plastic. As a team, we are data-driven in our commitment to quality, and we strive for transparency, empathy and thriving in the relationships we’re building with customers, partners and each other.

MycoWorks is committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive environment where all employees belong. Women, gender non-confirming individuals, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

FUNCTIONAL EXPECTATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
MycoWorks is seeking a Product Manager to support the Product Team in launching our first consumer products made with Reshi Fine Mycelium™. Product launches will be led in coordination with our brand partners in the luxury leather and fashion industry. The Product Manager will drive internal and customer-facing understanding of our product’s life cycle,  attributes, and performance specifications

Responsibilities

    • Drive vision, strategy, design and execution of the product
    • Immersion in product ins and outs with an understanding of cradle to cradle life cycle including stage gates
    • Drive and promote product knowledge and understanding throughout the company
    • Build an objective understanding of product attributes based on customer requirements and effectively communicate that to internal and external stakeholders
    • Build relationships and drive communication with customers (product designers, developers and marketing teams at Brands) as well as internal marketing teams on a daily basis
    • Build relationships and gain buy in from internal MycoWorks stakeholders to continuously update and drive product development and production
    • Drive the adoption and improvement of quantitative and qualitative analysis tools to ensure that the quality team can autonomously determine whether a product meets customer specs

Qualifications

    • A bachelors’ degree in textiles, materials, or materials engineering with business training.
    • 5+ years of experience in the fashion accessories, apparel and or shoe industries with a clear emphasis on product management
    • Experience in managing a supply chain
    • Experience bringing a new product into the market
    • Experience in new material development
    • Experience in leather, PU / coated leathers and or textile composites desired
    • Ability to think strategically and tactically
    • Ability to manage many projects simultaneously
    • A deep understanding of leather and/ or textiles  qualitative and quantitative  characteristics
    • Natural sensory skills related to product appreciation
    • Experience working with project management software for tracking and driving projects
    • Customer service experience
    • Demonstrated skill and success in negotiation
    • Advanced written and verbal communication skills, including close listening
    • Experience with basic textile/leather measurement tools
    • Experience in financial planning, billing, and settling financial disputes
    • Ability to travel to Europe/Asia/Mexico/South America
    • French and/or EU Spanish speaking is a plus