Assistant Product Manager

Des Plaines, IL

Assistant Product Manager


The Consumer Product division of Riddell is focused on developing and marketing licensed products sold to collectors and fans. Riddell is licensed by the NFL and more than 120 colleges to produce souvenir and collectible products.  Riddell is proud to be the Exclusive Licensee for Collectibles Helmets to the NFL.

The Assistant Product Manager will support Product Managers and Sales Personnel by being an integral part of the product management lifecycle. Attention to detail, problem solving, project management, and communication are key to the success of this role. The position is an entry level role based in Des Plaines, IL.

The person in this position will be a vital part of the idea generation process, including having a thorough understanding of manufacturing capabilities, vendor capabilities, and sampling lead times. The candidate must be able to establish, track, and follow-through on timelines.

The ideal candidate must be able to identify new product opportunities, target price points, perform margin analysis, and estimate market potential. This person should be able to recognize consumer and collector market trends, organize and oversee the timeline to develop the product, and evaluate the product’s success post-production.

The candidate must be able to work with various disciplinary teams within the company including Production, Distribution, Quality Control, Finance and Marketing.  The candidate will develop strong working relationships with key vendors and suppliers.

The candidate must be eager to learn, a creative thinker, self-motivated, and capable of working independently while showing a strong sense of teamwork.

The position requires the ability to pursue information that may not be readily available, by developing and utilizing various sources, within and outside the company. 


Primary responsibilities will include:

• Photography, Photo Editing, Image Management

• Mock-Ups of Potential Products

• Sell Sheet Generation

• Detailed Product Spec Sheets

• Hands-on Prototype Development

• Licensor Approval and Communication

• Liaison with Production on Quality and Remediation Issues


• 4 year college degree

• 1-3 years relevant work experience


• Authorized to work in the U.S.


 The ideal candidate should have working experience with the following:

• Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

• Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

• Digital Photography and Image Manipulation

• SAP experience 

In addition, a detailed eye for football helmet decoration and familiarity with the sports collectible industry is a plus.   Interest in the sport of football is a must!