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Product Specialist - Temporary

VTech Electronics

Arlington Heights, IL, USA

Job Type:

Part Time

About the Role

VTech is the global leader in electronic learning products from infancy through toddler and preschool. Since its establishment in 1976, VTech has been the pioneer in the electronic learning toy category.

Our mission is to design, manufacture and supply innovative and high-quality products in a manner that minimizes any impact on the environment, while creating sustainable value for our stakeholders and the community.

Our culture comes largely from the great group of employees we have at VTech. They're friendly, yet professional. We embrace and value all of our employees and strive to foster a positive, collaborative work environment.

VTech believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties; qualifications and job scope, but not limit the incumbent or the organization to only the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.


The Product Specialist is vital to the success of the Product Development team. He/she is responsible for providing day-to-day organizational and administrative support and driving key product development tasks for the US and overseas offices. The Product Specialist keeps the PD team on task, on time, and on top of our game. We are a small group that manages a huge business, so we need an ultra-organized go-getter with a keen attention to detail and great written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate is someone who anticipates problems and comes up with creative solutions to keep projects on track. Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Product Development this position touches all parts of our business to ensure maximum efficiency and support to the organization.


Maintain all updates to ongoing product reference materials, including the product Line List, Sales Roadmaps and product slides, and forecasts, ensuring changes are communicated in a timely manner to all teams.
Manage coordination of product samples for a variety of needs and track their whereabouts for major company retail and media events.
Oversee product sample schedules from Hong Kong, communicating changes to Hong Kong and notifying Product Managers of any issues that arise.
Assist at times as contributor in reviewing NPD market data, sales data, and preparing support documents based on this information.
Assist PD department in running ad hoc NPD reports, when necessary.
Oversee the Plush License process by renewing registrations, file plush vendors with participating US states, and manage internal reporting.
Assist in compilation, review and editing PowerPoint presentations, when necessary.
Manage various product database requests.
Manage and organize the Product Development Lab.
Aid Product Development team in all technical delivery aspects of project – downloading files, burning DVDs, programs, and other devices.
Review online consumer feedback about products, prepare documents to report findings.
Provide reporting to PD team regarding post-launch consumer feedback; concentrate on positives/negatives for Product Managers to provide to Hong Kong for product improvements.
Support Product Managers and Assistant Product Managers in overflow of product development tasks as appropriate.
Collaborate through communication and teamwork with co-workers, management, clients and others in a courteous, and professional manner
Exercise sound business judgment
Work independently and collaboratively and manage time effectively in order to meet changing deadlines and priorities
Treat all employees, guests and customers and others affiliated with our business with respect
Conform and abide by all laws, regulations, policies, work procedures, instructions and VTech's Rules of Engagement
Conform with all safety rules and use all appropriate safety equipment
Other duties as needed or required

Proficient with MS Office programs including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; deep understanding of Excel preferred.
Exceptional organizational skills with emphasis on attention to detail and efficiency.
Ability to clearly communicate with internal teams and overseas colleagues (including non-native English speakers); strong written and verbal skills required.
Capacity to interact effectively with employees at all levels of the company including top management and tailor communications accordingly.
Ability to handle multiple tasks independently and thrive in a fast-paced environment
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Quick learner who is flexible, takes initiative and is adaptable in an ever-changing environment.
Effective listening and relationship-building skills.

3 years of progressively responsible experience in the area of Administrative Assistant or Project Management
Bachelor's degree or any combination of experience and education that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to perform essential functions of this role.

Duties are primarily performed in an office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.


This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Core hours will be set between employee and manager and will be based on business needs. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected 5% of the time.

VTech and LeapFrog are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of a disability, you may request reasonable accommodations by contacting General employment-related inquiries should not be submitted to this email.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


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