Fruit of the Loom

Director Product Development - Spalding, Dudley

Job Locations US-KY-Bowling Green
Product Development/Design
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

This position is responsible for all Product Development functions for Spalding and Dudley brands. Responsibilities include the categories of Inflates, Backboard Systems, Softball Products, accessories, and future line extensions. In alignment with VP, works from Marketing briefs to set the strategic direction for Product Development priorities, product pipeline, project management, and ultimate completion to commercialize all product. Additionally, this role supports international office requests as appropriate and within the existing product priority planning calendars.
Overall management of the PD team which contributes to achieving annual financial performance targets (revenue, operating profit, ROS) through calendar adherence, cost controls, efficient product design, and delivering on Marketing and business strategies. In addition, responsible for leadership in collaborative projects with corporate support teams to achieve business interdependency goals (i.e. Sourcing, Distribution, General Supply Chain). These responsibilities include Q/A processes, factory relationships, communication of Product requirements, and commercialization of product.

Specific Responsibilities

Product Management: Aligned with LRP/ABP strategy, provide leadership and direction to product team to develop and manage line assortments, ensuring Spalding offers innovative, differentiated products that meet consumer needs while achieving company profitability objectives.  Ensure the product innovation pipeline provides a steady stream of innovation that strengthens our leadership position. 

Revenue:  Work closely with the marketing and sales teams to ensure they are informed and equipped to cultivate the business and achieve revenue goals.  Support sales team in customer presentations as appropriate and required acting as authority in the category.  Plan and execute all sales samples needed in the process.

Business Analysis and Category Management: Work with Marketing and corporate resources to develop category knowledge and expertise that helps maximize opportunities and strengthen customer partnerships.  Ensure PD team understands detailed analysis of the various categories and channels that help respond to competitive actions, ensure business units are aware of relevant consumer / trade trends.

Business Development:  Aligned with Spalding Management, contribute to development of category expansion, sport extension and licensing opportunities to grow overall revenue.

IP Portfolio:  Working through FOTL legal and outside council, ensure portfolio is maintained, protected and current to represent owned IP that can be leveraged for further business growth.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, MBA a plus
  • Strong interpersonal/relationship development skills; ability to build effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Solid financial acumen
  • Excellent leadership, decision-making and communication skills
  • Possess a general management approach to business with some knowledge of manufacturing
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office platforms
  • Travel is required

Minimum Job Experience Required

  • 7+ years of relevant product development experience
  • Prior leadership experience of a PD team and proven track record of product commercialization

Company Information

We offer competitive pay & benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, & disability insurance, vacation, holidays and 401k.


We are committed to creating a workplace where everyone is treated with respect and empowered to contribute equally. We want to foster a culture of belonging for all employees, and we are focused on attracting, retaining, and developing diverse talent. We believe our differences make us stronger, and for this reason, we are committed to diversity and inclusion practices in our organization


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protect veteran status, disability or any other protected status.


EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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