Associate product developers manage the daily activities in the product development department, including sourcing, costing, product management, and sample follow-up. They handle time and action calendars for appropriate categories/brands and troubleshoot quality, production, price, and lead times issues. They also negotiate pricing, terms, and deliveries with customers as well as damages and discounts as necessary.
Associate product developers are mainly responsible for developing new products and overseeing the developed product's marketing duties. They then use the vast array of skills at their disposal to create a manufacturing reference database within the organization. They perform all these duties to maintain and source relationships with manufacturers and vendors in a bid to encourage the vendors to purchase the products.
To become an associate product developer, it is advisable to have a bachelor's degree in business, specialized sales and merchandising, marketing, or a relevant field. They are expected to have some proven work experience and the ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment. Some employers also require strong analytical, communication, and presentation skills. Associate product developers earn an average salary of approximately $67,000 annually, or $32 per hour.