Position Description

Product Management Development Program - Winter 2018
Location Owatonna
Job Code 545
# of openings 1
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*Must be a May 2018 or December 2018 grad to apply* 


Gain knowledge, perspective, and provide hands-on support to multiple departments through a 2-year rotation within the Procurement, Merchandising, New Product Development, and Marketing departments.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties and responsibilities listed below serve as a general outline.  Other duties may be assigned or required to support the success of Gopher Sport.

Execute and complete all assigned tasks and projects within each department rotation (Metric:applicable department metrics)

  1. Ensure all tasks and projects are completed on time
  2. As necessary, develop and document appropriate work instructions and outcomes of projects and ensure they are transitioned to department leaders upon completion of each rotation.

Rotation 1: Procurement

  1. Manage supplier orders and future forecast requirements to attain established line fill rate on all assigned products 
  2. Effectively address action messages on inbound supplier purchase orders to minimize hidden costs associated with backorders, excess inventory, inbound freight costs, etc.  
  3. Work with suppliers to retrieve purchase order acknowledgements to ensure timely processing of drop ship customer orders.  

Rotation 2: Product Marketing

  1. Assist with the introduction of new products 
  2. Assist in merchandising and managing existing products 
  3. Lead and execute merchandising projects as assigned achieving desired outcomes within assigned timeframes 
  4. Assist in maximizing the sales effectiveness of product placement, product descriptions, product presentations, cross sell opportunities and other value added information in the catalog and online. 

Rotation 3: New Product Development

  1. Develop and launch Gopher branded products for the assigned categories 
  2. Ensure all product and project deadlines are met or exceeded as defined by the Product Development process 
  3. Consistently and proactively improve Only From Gopher and Gopher branded products through Product Lifecycle Management 
  4. Assist in resourcing existing Only From Gopher and Gopher branded products as identified to new supplier 

Rotation 4: Marketing

  1. As directed by the manager, research, compile information, analyze and present findings on potential marketing campaigns or projects that are relevant to the business and have the opportunity to add additional revenue.  Assist in creating the objectives of the campaign and perform all follow ups and tasks associated with each marketing initiative on time and within budget. 
  2. Assist in the coordination and execution of content related activities (such as webinars, blogs, social posts) by securing presenters, understanding best practices, scheduling the events and successfully completing all other tasks. 
  3. Create and distribute customer surveys.  Collect, summarize, and interpret the results.  Translate those interpretations into actionable outcomes.


  1. Customer Commitment – Focus efforts on exceeding internal and external customer expectations and improving customer satisfaction.  Respond quickly and take appropriate action to identify and exceed customer needs.
  2. Teamwork & Collaboration – Dedication to building collaborative relationships throughout the organization.  Seeks and supports ideas for improvement.  Willingly share information about ideas and works cooperatively to resolve issues or concerns.
  3. Commitment to Quality & Continuous Improvement - Seek to improve processes and quality, making recommendations as appropriate.  Monitor own work.  Seek and accept constructive feedback to ensure accuracy.
  4. Integrity, Accountability, Dependability - Uphold company core values and support ethical and responsible behavior.  Follow through on commitments.  Is reliable and meet attendance standards.
  5. Initiative - Exercise sound independent judgment within established limits of authority.  Self-directed and requires minimal supervision
  6. Planning & Organizing Work - Ability to optimize time and resources to achieve expected results.  Effectively prioritize and organize work to fully contribute to team efforts.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or a related field from an accredited university/college.
  2. Sales, marketing, distribution, supply chain and/or call center industry experience preferred.
  3. A lifestyle or educational background that is aligned with the company’s mission: “To increase the happiness, confidence and self-esteem of young and old by helping them lead more active and healthy lives.
  4. Proficient with all Microsoft Office applications and Windows Operating System


  1. Demonstrated high level of enthusiasm, initiative, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently
  2. Proven strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to meet or exceed aggressive project deadlines with professionalism and meet expectations for first time right.
  3. Proven excellent problem solving skills and root cause identification, data analysis, and troubleshooting skills both as an individual and within a team
  4. Demonstrated competitive drive that results in breakthrough improvements in the department
  5. Positive team player with the ability to build collaborative relationships across all levels and departments
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate with vendors and team members.
  7. Demonstrated a high degree of flexibility and quick response time to both internal and external customers
  8. Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and develop others in a team environment.
  9. Demonstrated organizational skills to plan work schedule and manage multiple projects/plans/tasks simultaneously

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, and ascend and descend stairs.  The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Vision requirements include close vision, depth perception, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.  The functions of the job include continuous viewing of a computer monitor and repetitive motion activities on the keyboard.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

This job is performed in both an office environment and a distribution environment.  The noise level in the office and distribution center is generally moderate.  In the distribution center, the employee would generally be exposed to automated equipment with conveyors.  Both the office and distribution center is climate controlled.

Notes: Management retains the discretion to add or change duties of the position at any time.  The incumbent is required to be thoroughly familiar with the company’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy and Affirmative Action plan and to know and adhere to the company’s Harassment policies to prevent discriminatory action because of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.

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