XD Design
XD Design is a fast-growing scale-up that was founded in 2016 under the wing of its mother company Xindao. XD Design creates sustainable journeys without boundaries by designing, producing, and selling durable backpacks. Our products are sold worldwide via www.xd-design.com and our retailer network. You likely have seen these amazing products on the back of people in transit and travelers exploring the globe. Our products contain the latest anti-theft and smart features. XD Designs products are designed and developed in-house, are made from sustainable materials, save water, and are patented. Our head office is located in Rijswijk, the Netherlands with a design office in Shanghai and a worldwide presence via its retailer network.

Product Manager Backpacks

XD Design is growing fast and to continue its growth we need to design high quality products that delight our customers. The organization needs to be closer to our end consumers and in a structured way collect market and customer insights, convert these into concepts and designs and manage the production and delivery process to get products to the market quickly.

The Product Manager Backpacks oversees the systematic collection of customer needs and product ideas from (potential) customers, retailers and partners and conducts market research to identify trends and innovations. These research results need to be translated into briefings for our in-house design studio or external partners. Hereafter the product development process needs to be tightly managed to guarantee alignment, communication, and a speedy road to market. The person needs to be structured and data driven and be focused on statistically relevant insights, rather than individual opinions.

The Product manager will closely work with customers, our retail sales teams and have a close connection with the design studio. Regular travel to China and European countries is required.

What you will be doing?
• Develop sustainable backpacks according to quality, design and margins within given time frame
• Build strong relationships with vendors/suppliers to get the best product delivered
• Conduct thorough market research in the field of backpacks and travel wear
• Create a deeper knowledge of our target audience and their needs/likes
• Create clear product briefings towards our internal and external studios based on internal research, feedback from our partners and our sales teams
• Guard the timing and launch of a new product after briefing
• Involve and excite the different stakeholders in this process
• Align to XD Design brand

What are the qualities and skills we are looking for?
• Based in the Netherlands
• Able and willing to travel to China and European countries
• Excellent command of English
• Bachelor’s or university degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the backpack industry (retail or B2B) as a product manager
• Strong awareness of the challenges in sustainable development
• Strong communication skills as well as problem solving and analytical thinking skills
• Great multitasking skills and capabilities to ensure deadlines
• Proven research and project management capabilities

What do we offer?
• Fulltime job (40h) in a great, fun and hardworking team
• A competitive salary and secondary employment conditions, such as 27 vacation days based on fulltime employment and a health bonus
• A proper onboarding and coaching on the job
• A brand-new office next to the train station in Rijswijk
• Free use of the gym facility in our new office
• Staff discount on our products
• Daily fresh fruit available for free and delicious Nespresso coffee

Will you be our new Product Manager Backpacks? Please send in your resume and motivation letter (compulsory) to join@xd-design.com.