JOIN OUR NEW ZEALAND TEAM

Zempire is a home-grown success story that started in New Zealand and now distributes globally. Our award-winning products are designed and built with innovation, passion, and that little something that you may not have thought of, but we did. We remain true to our New Zealand camping heritage and our passion is designing tents, shelters, and camping accessories that allow families worldwide to share in our vision of the quintessential camping holiday.

We are growing our business – significantly! If any of the below roles appeal to you and you’re considering working with us, then congratulations, you’re in for a wild ride!

We are experiencing massive global growth and have our eyes set on the horizon. It’s a fantastic time to join our progressive company. We’re looking for people who share our passion for the great outdoors, are mighty team players, and are great at what they do – whatever that is!

We have an awesome culture and want you to be part of it.

THE ROLES

We are currently looking to fill the following roles…

PRODUCT MANAGER

Our product is at the centre of everything we do, as our Product Manager you help ensure Zempire’s ongoing success by leading the Product Development team in developing, implementing, and managing brand focused strategies to reliably develop products to design intent, quality, margin, and timeline expectations; directing across departments with a multi-season time horizon viewpoint. You will manage the product development timeline and ensure product readiness is achieved on a timely basis.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop a seasonal range plan that delivers against the category objectives for sales, gross margin, SKU productivity, and brand image.
  • Understand and evaluate retail and user trends in the category and translate these trends into compelling new product offerings for the Zempire® brand.
  • Create/maintain an international line plan with achievable FOB target costs, suggested retail prices, and volume estimates.
  • Approve all product and material costing. Negotiate costing with all finished good suppliers and contractors.
  • Brief internal stakeholders on the key performance attributes and user benefits of the products
  • Ensure accurate product information is used in product copy for marketing and communications purposes.
  • Deliver the contributions needed to complete the product development process on time, in full.
  • Direct the sourcing, selections and testing of all raw material components.
  • Coordinate field and lab testing of all new products to validate functionality, durability and value for the intended use.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 5+ years product development experience preferably in the camping industry
  • 3+ years management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferable in design, engineering, or manufacturing
  • Strong knowledge of product development processes including design, manufacturing, and sourcing, preferably with Asian based production and cut/sewn category
  • Strong project planning and management skills, ability to develop and manage multiple timelines and deadlines
  • Experience with Product Data Management systems
  • Ability to develop team capacity in organization, efficiency, attention to detail
  • Ability work effectively cross functionally with department leaders to develop and tune shared business processes
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best
  • Establishes trust and inspires others
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to same standards
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the resolution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
  • Familiar with TSCA / WHMIS / ECHA compliance requirements.
  • Prior experience in material testing and evaluation protocols and resources

BENEFITS

  • A fun and dynamic growing team with a 100% locally owned business
  • A permanent full-time role with promotional opportunities
  • A competitive salary with benefits included.

Applications can be submitted here.  For confidential enquiries call Sharyn Codlin (Everest People) on 0277019585

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

This role will be supporting the Product Manager in the creation and launch of new and existing products to achieve strategic objectives. You will be working within the Product Development team to ensure robust commercialisation of new products and enhancement of existing products. This position will be a vital role in driving all technical aspects of the products to deliver an ambitious product roadmap.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain accurate and complete product-related information in the current database
  • Gather and manage Sku data to ensure all item related information is accurate and complete prior to sku set-up exercise
  • Review and compare product specifications including dimensions, weight capacities, function & performance features and intellectual property details.
  • Continually evaluate and search for improvements to existing products according to changing customer needs, product complaints or internal production and servicing difficulties. Reviews adaptation of existing products for new applications or suitability for other customer markets
  • Product testing
  • Assist in development of new products and enhancement of existing products.
  • Management and analysis of product and variant specifications on the Product Information Management system
  • Track and review product sample submissions with the Product Development Team.
  • Work with Managers and Marketing Team to ensure that products meet customers’ current and future needs.
  • Work with Marketing, Operations, and Management Teams to ensure development and delivery of products within allotted timeline and budget.
  • Train the team on product knowledge as required.
  • Provide support to customers on function and usage of product.
  • Create product specifications, assembly instructions, product manuals, standards, safety warnings.
  • Help create and document tests and procedures for product safety.
  • Ensuring products meet regulatory compliance in all international markets including product safety and environmental standards.
  • Support the Marketing and Sales Teams with the creation of product staff training videos.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum 2yrs experience in Product Information Management
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Familiarity with camping equipment products
  • Basic knowledge of tent construction and materials
  • Passionate about product and design
  • Ability to work in a complex and fast paced company
  • Experience in product compliance preferably in the outdoors industry
  • A person who loves getting the details right, and can spot discrepancies in large data sets
  • An engineering or industrial design background would be a plus
  • Ability to communicate complex information in a relatable easy to digest manner
  • Proven problem solving skills
  • High level of curiosity
  • Enthusiasm and positive attitude
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to keep a clear and logical thought in pressure situations

    BENEFITS

    • A fun and dynamic growing team with a 100% locally owned business
    • A permanent fulltime role with promotional opportunities
    • A competitive salary with benefits included.

      For confidential enquiries call Sharyn Codlin (Everest People) on 0277019585

      SALES MANAGER

      As Sales Manager you will be responsible for developing sales strategy and working with your team to deliver it.   This role forms part of the senior leadership team and provides direction to the business on customer and retailer distribution channels. 

      KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

      • Developing comprehensive sales, key account management and distribution strategies that drive sustainable revenue and profit for the business.
      • Leading, coaching and empowering a team of salespeople to deliver on the strategy to highest level of customer satisfaction whilst being mindful of what the business can deliver. Sustainable growth is the key.
      • Working with the production, finance, and operations team to determine pricing strategies that supports continued growth.
      • Preparing sales budgets, key performance indicators and metrics that provide clarity and direction for the team.
      • Reviewing sales data and undertaking analysis to accurately forecast and build predictable and recurring revenue.
      • Establishing and maintaining positive business and customer relationships.
      • Attending regular business development or networking events to represent the company and its products.
      • Preparing sales, marketing and pitch materials as required.
      • Creating scalable programs for onboarding new B2B partners.

      SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

      • An experienced sales manager who has worked in a FMCG environment previously – preferably with global exporting experience.
      • An authentic sales leader who can develop their sales team to deliver profitable and sustainable growth for the team.
      • Someone who is financially literate and can truly understand the numbers in the P & L and Balance Sheet
      • An individual who is highly motived and energized by the success of the business and the team.
      • A person who can demonstrate their success in the develop and execution of strategy and business planning.
      • A strong relationship manager with excellent interpersonal skills.

      BENEFITS

      • A fun and dynamic growing team with a 100% locally owned business
      • A permanent fulltime role with promotional opportunities
      • A competitive salary with benefits included

      For confidential enquiries call Rachel Knox (Everest People) on 0272380031

      SALES AND MERCHANDISING REPRESENTATIVE

      As the Sales and Merchandising Representative you will support the store management and floor staff in our retail partner stores with selling and merchandising Zempire products. You will ensure that they receive the guidance required to understand Zempire products, and provide an industry-leading sales experience for the end consumer. You will represent the Zempire brand in-store and be the key contact for store staff across New Zealand and Australia.

      KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

      • Developing and managing store staff relationships with our multi-store retail partners across Australia and New Zealand. You will need to develop and maintain strong and enduring relationships with staff, understanding their needs and ensuring they receive exceptional service.
      • Maintaining a regular call cycle. This call cycle will typically be one week on the road and one week in the office.
      • Representing the brand throughout summer at our partners tent shows. This will require you to work weekends regularly.
      • Maintaining developing in-store merchandising of Zempire products to ensure the brand is presented at the highest level and occupies high exposure areas within the store.
      • Undertake in-store training with key camping staff.
      • Developing engagement of our online training platform with store staff
      • Maintaining our CRM systems with all customer interactions.
      • Providing pre and post-sales advice and support with customer requirements.
      • Work with the marketing and product team to create new engaging training content.
      • Monitoring market trends and providing regular competitor feedback.

      SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

      • A passionate product person with industry experience
      • Someone with proven experience in retail selling techniques
      • A skilled salesperson who is able to demonstrate their skills in relationship management.
      • Someone who is comfortable being on a call cycle that takes them away from their home base for up to 50% of the year.
      • A true team player.
      • Someone who is capable of the physical requirements of preparing and participating in tent shows and product events.
      • Knowledge of product merchandising and in-store displays.
      • Experience dealing with medium to large retail chains.
      • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and CRM software.
      • Someone who is flexible, resilient and thrives as part of a growing business.
      • A warm engaging personality
      • Goal oriented person with a positive can-do attitude.
      • An individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills, who understands the importance of documenting customer interactions and requests.
      • An individual who can accommodate difficult consumers, work in a fast-paced environment and show composure during times of stress and uncertainty.
      • Proven time management skills.

      BENEFITS

      • A fun and dynamic growing team with a 100% locally owned business
      • A permanent fulltime role with promotional opportunities
      • A competitive salary with benefits included.

      Applications can be submitted here.For confidential enquiries call Rachel Knox (Everest People) on 0272380031