Kiteboarding Product Tester

Hood River Oregon
Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 2 days ago
Job Description
This position is located in Hood River, Oregon and will serve all 7-Nation Brands (primarily: Slingshot Sports and Ride Engine). Expert level kitesurfing skills are required for the product testing responsibilities of this position.

Kiteboarding Product Tester is a unique position that works between two of our biggest and most important departments: Design & Supply (D&S) and Marketing. D&S is responsible for the design, testing, and manufacturing of our products. Marketing is our brand’s voice to the World and is responsible for all marketing aspects related to the products we sell.

Main D&S duties include:
• Working closely with the Research and Innovation Department Chief Designer and Developers
• Product testing and feedback via recording system that tracks and records dates, times, number of hours of use, and equipment performance results
• Managing beta test team and documenting feedback
• Competitive landscape reviews including in-depth research and testing of competing products
• Maintain, repair, and modify test equipment as needed to keep in good working order
• Managing R&D inventory

Main Marketing duties include:
• Communicating Product Unique Selling Propositions (USPs) internally to Brand Managers, Sales, and Marketing
• Developing and writing product copy – according to brand narrative and style guide - in effort to promote and sell products to the targeted consumers
• Managing and reporting product specs and details to both Marketing and D&S departments
• Communicating products USPs externally to dealers, distributors, and media partners
• Identifying strong/stable/weak products and communicating the vision to improve positioning
• Identifying and communicating market/product trends to Brand Managers, Sales, and Marketing
• Attending and assisting photo/video shoots and tradeshows
Job Requirements
Required skills:
• Strong work ethic and innate desire to make best-in-class and innovative products
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
• High degree of organizational detail and focus
• Continual improvement mindset
• Ability to work productively without a lot of oversight
• 2+ years of experience in the kiteboarding industry
• EXPERT kiteboarding skills
• Willingness to work outside normal 8-5pm hours and/or weekends when necessary to meet deadlines, and to conduct testing in all weather conditions
• Ability to travel when necessary
• High school diploma/GED
• Full-time salaried position
• Paid Vacation (PTO)
• Group health, vision, and dental insurance
• Employee gear account
• 401K matching options
• Office in downtown Hood River