Associate Manager, Sourcing & Product Development


Our family of brands comprises Dansk, the heritage home brand from Denmark, Schoolhouse, the lighting and lifestyle goods company based in Portland, Oregon, and Food52, the curated cooking and home destination, based in Brooklyn New York.

Schoolhouse is a lighting and lifestyle goods company dedicated to the preservation of American manufacturing, thoughtful living, and purposeful design. From iconic lighting to one-of-a-kind homewares, our mission is to provide a new generation of heirlooms that inspire people to create unique, meaningful spaces in which to live and work.  Our obsession with quality has compelled us to produce modern heirlooms the old-fashioned way.  Our location in Portland, Oregon is where we design our collections, assemble our lighting, ship our finished creations, and most importantly, dream of what’s next.

About the Role / Summary: 

The Associate Manager, Sourcing & Product Development is responsible for managing suppliers and manufacturers to ensure timely and cost effective development and delivery of products that fuel the company’s growth.  This role will lead all day-to-day sourcing and product development initiatives for their assigned product categories, including collaboration with internal cross functional stakeholders, buying agents, suppliers, and manufacturers.   

This is a hybrid position with the expectation of working Tuesday - Thursday in our Portland office.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead day-to-day Sourcing & Product Development initiatives, Concept to ex-factory, for Schoolhouse Furniture & Upholstery categories 
  • Manages all daily communication regarding Product Development and Sourcing 
  • Partners with Merchandising and Inventory Planning to understand assortment needs and requirements; costs, MOQ, and delivery targets.  Supports category development through daily collaboration and communication with key stakeholders
  • Partners with Design to understand our product design requirements, core aesthetic, and seasonal concepts. Leads the development of new materials, techniques, and finishes 
  • Ensures that all products meet our cost, quality, quantity and brand calendar timing requirements  
  • Manages vendor negotiations related to product profitability; margin, inventory, and delivery requirements
  • Collaborates with suppliers and manufacturers to understand the technicality of products to drive design modifications needed to achieve cost and quality targets  
  • Fosters and manages supplier and manufacturer relationships to support brand growth opportunities through product innovation, new capability development, industry trends, and potential offline buys
  • Utilizes product management software to manage all development activities   
  • Creates and maintains efficient workflows to ensure all timelines and deliverables are met
  • Manages and evaluates product development samples - 
    • Ensures development samples match our design specifications and quality standards 
    • Ensures TOP samples are representative of  final product specifications 
  • Partners with Sourcing & Product Development leadership to collaborate on sourcing and global landscape strategies 
  • Publishes and shares Sourcing & PD reporting and updates related to development and brand calendar milestones 

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or commensurate experience
  • 2-4 years Sourcing & Product Development experience. Relevant experience in the housewares industry preferred
  • Highly organized with strong calendar and project management skills 
  • Excellent eye (and taste!) for great products and understands our aesthetic
  • Very comfortable receiving feedback and working in an open, collaborative manner with all members of the organization 
  • Understands the value of internal and external partnerships and knows how to foster relationships to build trust 
  • Comfortable with the possibility of domestic and  international travel 


This is a salaried, exempt role with a hiring range of $70,000 - $75,000.  This position is eligible for a bonus.


Food52 is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all team members. We value diversity and recruit, hire, and promote individuals solely based on talent, qualifications, competence, and merit. We evaluate candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other protected characteristics as required by law and as a matter of our company values.  


Schoolhouse is committed to providing our team with a competitive benefits package. Some of our benefits include: 

  • Up to 97.5% funded health benefits (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Monthly fitness reimbursement
  • Citibike (NYC) or BikeTown (PDX) company-sponsored annual membership
  • Generous employee discount across our brand portfolio
  • 401K
  • FSA / HSA