Manager of Product Development

We are looking for an innovative and proactive Manager of Product Development to join the OUAI team! Reporting to the Director of Product Development, this position will be critical in defining new product concepts and benchmarks for the brand.

Some of the day-to-day:

  • Partner with Director of Product Development, Founder and Marketing to define new products concepts and benchmarks
  • Create and manage product briefs to finalize concepts, research and define the products feasibility and development parameters
  • Work closely with the Director of Product Development to evaluate formula submissions and provide feedback and re-directs and select submissions to be presented back to key stakeholders
  • Work with Director of Product Development to define testing protocol for the company and associated timelines, including creating processes, tools and overseeing all product testing execution (safety, efficacy, consumer panels, etc)
  • Manage the reformulation of products that need to be reformulated in line with company strategy and regulations
  • Work closely with operations team to help develop packaging options in sync with formula/texture
  • Work closely with Quality team to define quality standards
  • Participate in reviewing copy for packaging and managing artwork briefs for products
  • Responsible for researching new ingredients, textures, products and packaging to allow for greater innovation
  • Understand the competitive landscape by analyzing ratings and reviews by category, reviewing social media commentary and coordinating with Brand Management on sales analysis by category
  • Actively participate in "Blue Sky" brainstorming sessions
  • Attend and lead briefing sessions with cross-functional team members to align on product reviews, timelines and launch plans
  • Write and publish the Product Profile defining full concept, product features, benefits/claims, and keys ingredients and present it along with the product to key cross-functional teams
  • Ensure that cost of goods meet given cost targets during Product Development, in accordance with the brand's strategy and goals
  • Work with the team to ensure launches are kept on target and all timelines are accurate
  • Work closely with key partners to ensure compliance of product formulae and claims for existing and emerging new markets
  • Support Director of Product Development to provide answers to the PR & Communications team for press questions regarding formula, ingredients, efficacy
  • Assist in Reviewing all batch submissions as needed, including on-site approvals whenever necessary
  • Monitor and maintain on-time delivery of critical project milestones
  • Organize and maintain all lab samples, master standards
  • Create and manage multiple spreadsheets and checklists that hold key information and keep track of projects and key product information

A little more about you…

You have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years of experience in Product Development in cosmetics, personal care, lifestyle or related category
  • Experience and strong relationships with domestic and international suppliers
  • Passion for beauty
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects through strong prioritization and planning
  • Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, ever-changing, collaborative environment
  • Interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience with InDesign a plus

OUAI is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ancestry, race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Flexible working to all of our employees

Unlimited vacation days

24 paid holidays a year + Flex Fridays

16 weeks of parental leave to all employees who become parents

Rich health benefits in medical, dental, vision, virtual health, + health advocate support

Employee assistance program for mental health, childcare, legal, and financial support

Home office support

Charity matching program

Gym Subsidy

Commuter Benefits

Disability insurance