Illume Candles
  • Maple Grove, MN, USA
  • Full Time

ILLUME is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-quality branded and private-label home fragrance and personal care products. ILLUME is located in Maple Grove, Minnesota and housed in a state-of-the-art Corporate Office, Distribution and Manufacturing facility.

Our products are marketed worldwide, available in 4,500 specialty and department stores, and known for quality, style, and trend. Our proven track record for unmatched design, execution, and delivery has grown ILLUME into a top global turn-key supplier of private label home fragrance and body care for retailers at the forefront of their categories including, among others, Anthropologie, West Elm, Madewell, J. Crew, and Target as well as our own Direct to Consumer platforms: and

The Associate Product Manager supports the Product Development/Supply Chain team in activities related to the overall program and process management, product costing and item setup, product specs and component standards, and cross-functional communication.

Key Accountabilities

  • Overall Program + Process Management
  • Product Costing & Item Setup
  • Product Specs & Component Standards
  • Cross functional Team Member

Duties and Responsibilities

Overall Program + Process Management

  • Maintain product development calendar with key development, sales, creative and operations milestones.
  • Understand category and customer objectives: Timing and margin impacts.
  • Prioritize projects for assigned programs.
  • Schedule and lead finalization meetings.
  • Keep team members and customers updated on development process, samples, costs and timing.
  • Program management in terms of customer specific needs, outside testing; internal communication alongside Sales Account Management.

Product Costing + Item Setup

  • Work with Category Manager to confirm assortment and manage to meet program objectives.
  • Initial format, container, price positioning.
  • Prelim, initial and final costing of all components.
  • Create and maintain cost sheets through life of product and program.
  • Work with Data Control Analyst for finish good and UPC number assignment and all set up of the Bill of materials (BOMS) and routings.
  • Ensure BOMs are accurate and complete.

Product Specs + Component Standards

  • Collaborate with Design and Sourcing to determine and verify initial product specs.
  • Work closely with Sourcing and Quality in the approval of component standards and acceptable variance.
  • Overall program internal and external sample management.
  • Work in partnership with Fragrance Managers and Technical team in the set-up, review and approval of formulation development for R&D

Cross-Functional Team Member

  • Collaborate and communicate across all different departments.
  • Utilize a problem-solving mindset to accelerate projects.
  • Work to provide clarity throughout complex product development processes.

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Bachelor's degree and 2+ years of product development/product management required or a combination of equivalent education and experience
  • Strong computers skills in Excel, MSWord, PowerPoint, and Google Slides
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient and timely manner
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills are essential
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • Able to utilize imagination and creativity
  • Basic understanding of production development process, procedures and current market trends.
  • Minimal domestic travel


  • Talented and Committed colleagues
  • Values-based company
  • Growing company = Opportunities
  • Competitive salary
  • Challenging and casual work environment
  • Medical, dental, life, disability, 401k plan, great PTO plan + holiday pay
  • Anniversary program, department and company-wide celebrations

ILLUME is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are not accepting candidate profiles from agencies at this time and this role is not open for relocation assistance. Candidates must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. without sponsorship.

ILLUME participates in E-Verify. Through participation in the E-Verify program, ILLUME electronically verifies the employment eligibility and Social Security Number of all new hires.

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