Knoll Inc. Manager of Product Development in Buffalo, New York

Manager of Product Development

Tracking Code 1579-056

Job Description


Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Since 1938, we’ve been thinking about how people interact with their environments, and how their environments impact what they do. Our strength in office systems, seating, furniture, textiles, leather, architectural accessories allows us to compose integrated solutions from products and services that naturally work together.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and coordinate all activities pertaining to new product development.

  • Study competitive products and landscape.

  • Liaise to outside product designers and engineers

  • Become intimate with DW manufacturing techniques, strengths, weaknesses to align

  • Products with DW production assets

  • Monitor progress on product initiatives to assure both market tolerance to price points and profit margin targets.

  • Guide direction of design details and engineering solutions and add value from a DW factory and market niche standpoint.

  • Oversee product specs, sku’s, pricing, etc.

  • Interface with marketing and launches

  • Propose and manage initiatives to improve existing product offering for updated details, cost reductions, profit enhancement

  • Provide guidance for design engineering solutions for DW custom projects

Required Skills

  • Strong organizational and project management skills to coordinate new product initiatives across the internal functional areas and outside consultants

  • Ability to interface with marketing

  • Ability to navigate resources at Knoll to the benefit of DW projects

  • Strong communication skills internally, externally, within Knoll partners, and in the market

  • Sophisticated design sense

Required Experience

5 years experience in furniture design


B.A. in Industrial Design or product engineering

Job Location Buffalo, New York, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

We are an equal opportunity employer.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.