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Product Development Specialist

at Central Garden & Pet Company

Posted: 8/10/2019
Job Reference #: 5880
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: company

Job Description

We’re looking for a creative and detail-oriented Product Development Specialist to join a Leader in the Pet bedding industry servicing retail accounts such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Petco, PetSmart, BJ’s, Tractor Supply and more. To support a dynamic and growing business, Central Pet Home Essentials (within our Pet Segment) is searching for a passionate Product Development Specialist who understands product development from concept to execution, with ability to manage timelines and cost within a product life cycle.

Central Pet Home Essentials is part of Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA) and is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet and lawn and garden supplies markets. Please see our website at www.central.com for additional company information.


  • Execute the product development process from concept phase to launch

  • Take design packet and fully develop samples to include ticks and fully finished imported items

  • Sample and cost products so that most efficient margins are maintained for company and customer

  • Write product specifications, set-up part #’s, set-up BOMs, maintain UPCs and item master, develop packaging with art department

  • Communicate daily with internal sales team, CPHE Shanghai office and international vendors to ensure correct prototype samples are being produced and to ensure production and quality are maintained at the highest level.Follow-up with CPHE Shanghai office and China factories daily

  • Daily negotiations with Chinese factories including raw material, finished good and various packaging products

  • Initiate packaging requests within the creative department

  • Develop and cost samples for all trade shows

  • Provide support and assistance on other CPHE projects, as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in pet bedding, textile, or home fashion product development

  • International sourcing experience is a plus

  • Fabric and sewing knowledge, strongly preferred

  • Must be a very detail oriented, critical thinker with excellent follow up skills

  • Must be adaptable with the ability to function accurately in a fast-paced environment

  • Must have excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, SAP, Outlook)

  • SAP experience preferred


  • Dallas, TX office

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


All successful applicants should expect to undergo a screening for prohibited levels of drugs prior to beginning employment.