Product Development Manager, Pet Food

| Greater LA Area

Golden Hippo Media is a young, growing digital marketing company committed to helping everyone live their healthiest life. We create cutting edge health, wellness, and beauty products and work tirelessly to get them into the hands of the people who need them most - our customers. We're growing fast, but our core values remain the same as when we were founded in 2010.

Golden Hippo Media is currently looking for a Product Development Manager to develop new and innovative products in the pet food category for multiple brands across Golden Hippo's portfolio. 

HERE IS WHAT WE OFFER YOU

At Golden Hippo you have a chance to make an impact. You will have the opportunity to be creative, take initiative and grow. A career at Golden Hippo is more than just a job. It's the chance to work among friends every day, to work and play hard, and to see the results of your work firsthand. We work in a lively, laid back work environment with a fully stocked kitchen for our employees to use. We also offer:

  • Competitive salary (DOE)
  • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • Matching 401K plan
  • In-office CrossFit gym with professional coaches
  • Yoga and meditation breaks
  • Casual, "no dress code" atmosphere and an open office space
  • Highly interactive work with a talented, passionate team
  • UNLIMITED room for growth and results-based pay increases

WHAT YOUR DAY IS LIKE

  • Gather input from a variety of internal and external sources to define product concepts.
  • Guide product definition, planning and implementation efforts.
  • Lead product development initiatives utilizing knowledge of animal nutrition and animal feed requirements, user and competitive research, trend analysis and across all phases of the product development lifecycle.
  • Work cross-functionally to execute product development plans.
  • Responsible for project timelines (including Packaging) & keeping the process moving, ensuring all key milestones are met.
  • Proactively follows up with vendors on project statuses, manages product development timeline, communicates any changes, additional details and/or risks.
  • Source raw ingredient and manufacturing suppliers.
  • Negotiates costs based on knowledge of production processes and raw materials.Manage the development of new products, ensuring compliance with all testing requirements needed as set by Regulatory and Quality Assurance.
  • Manage the modification and further innovation of existing products.
  • Keep current on emerging technology and trends.

BEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE

  • BS/MS in Animal Nutrition or Life Sciences 
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in pet food category
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and people skills, attention to detail, ability to work with & lead teams
  • In depth knowledge of pet food category and animal feed and/or animal health science
  • Successfully developed/launched pet food products
  • Successfully analyzed problems which require an in-depth understanding of animal feed regulations, pet food manufacturing and animal nutrition or health sciences
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment

Golden Hippo is always looking for smart, driven self-starters who are excited to build a place for themselves in one of the most fun, exciting companies in Los Angeles. If you thrive on community and communication, learning from your failures, and embracing the unexpected, Golden Hippo just might be the place for you.

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Location

Golden Hippo is located in Woodland Hills, one of Los Angeles' finest neighborhoods.

An Insider's view of Golden Hippo

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It is professional yet lively and relaxed. The office is always buzzing with people exchanging ideas and discussing different ways to reach our goals. You'll see a couple of dogs leaping down the halls and people talking about what they’re going to wear to next office party. It’s fun to work in an environment that works hard, but plays hard too!

Tannum

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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I utilize our company’s tech platforms but place highest value on face-to-face interaction for collaboration. I gain a great deal of value from the digital platforms, but the most productive means of communication have proven to be in real-time and in person. At the beginning of projects we usually meet to give everyone an opportunity to contribute

Archie

Technical Project Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Golden Hippo has a culture that encourages everyone to share ideas. For example, our customer care agents hear firsthand what customers are saying, so we’re able to take that information and funnel it back to the product developers, writers, etc. This allows us to directly influence the way campaigns are run and optimized.

Peter

Chief Customer Officer

What are some social events your company does?

Here at Golden Hippo, the work experience includes a host of social events like; monthly happy hours, birthday lunches, fishing trips, softball games, hiking events, casino nights, yacht parties, Halloween parties, etc. We have an employee lounge with arcade games and a TV. Here, “work hard and play hard" is more than just a nice soundbite.

Juan Carlos

Director of Human Resources

What are Golden Hippo Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Company pays 100% of the employee's premium
Vision Benefits
Company pays 100% of the employee's premium
Health Insurance Benefits
Company pays 100% of the employee's premium
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Golden Hippo offers up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave with at least 12 months of service.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly

Additional Perks + Benefits

We offer a lot of unique company perks! Some of these include free Crossfit classes, a fully-stocked kitchen, catered birthday lunches, free yoga and meditation classes throughout the day, and a dog-friendly office!

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