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Product Development Manager

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Sep 23
Job Description

At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.

Success at SOM Means


Ideas: We believe in a meritocracy of ideas. We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.

Knowledge: We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning. We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.

Product: We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.

Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work. Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.

Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration. A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.

Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.




Position Responsibilities

Leads the architectural and consumer product design and implementation process across multiple product areas including furniture, lighting and other industrial design opportunities.

Actively leads, teams and initiatives to identify, research and develop SOM design products.

Researches and develops new product areas.

Effectively speaks to process, design goals, and team vision with cross-functional partners, executives, and stakeholders.

Partners with the design team to help create roadmaps, and define key metrics to measure product success.

Works iteratively from concept to detailed designs powered by research and data.

Promotes a strong design process with all collaborators and designers.

Contributes to product vision, design and technical decision making, including manufacturing limitations and understanding of minimum viable product.

Prepares and negotiates agreements, with Leadership input, with external partners and collaborators including letters of intent, licensing, and service agreements.

Collaborates to align goals including budget, deliverables and schedule. Gains agreement with the senior team for labor allocation.

Communicates actively through regular meetings and accurate project record keeping and sharing project information and correspondence.

Initiates, monitors and maintains project schedule and resources.

Actively engages in project risk management through close collaboration with SOM Partners and legal group.

Participates in customer research such as qualitative interviews, surveys, and user testing where needed




Leadership Responsibilities

Actively leads, trains and mentors team members.

Directly supervises staff and is committed to direct reports’ professional development.

Develops and engages in talent strategy to find specialists, leaders, and future professionals for the firm through resume review and interviews, as applicable.

Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities.

Develops and/or manages, in collaboration with team members, a clear and consistent work plan to achieve budget, deliverables, and schedule.

Encourages incorporation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments, as applicable.

Contributes to the development of standards, policies, and procedures.

Protects SOM from financial and legal risk.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum 7-10 years of professional experience with strong verbal and written communication skills.

Demonstrated success in product execution and launch to market.

Completion of a Bachelor or Masters Degree in Business, Industrial Design, Architecture or related design field.

General understanding of sustainable strategies and principles including familiarity with LEED or other green building rating systems

Demonstrated ability to successfully lead project teams and manage project schedule, budget and program.

Understands and is conversant in CAD, Rhino, and other graphic software.

Proficiency in Google Workspace, Adobe Suite.

Familiarity with Salesforce, Smartsheets.


SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline: www.som.com/employment_opportunities_and_policy

For more about SOM: www.som.com

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed. Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

When you join SOM, you're part of something bigger. Our global collective is committed to improving the built environment and enhancing people’s lives. We assemble creative, interdisciplinary teams that work as small, dynamic studios, with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. Here, you’ll collaborate with industry experts on some of the most exciting and transformative architecture, engineering, and planning projects in the world.