Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

HIRING: PRODUCT MANAGER

Cordoba Music Group (CMG) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, and musical instrument accessories. CMG’s brands include Cordoba Guitars®, Guild Guitars®, DeArmond® and HumiCase®, which are globally distributed and used by musicians around the world. Other CMG brands include Savarez® and Aquila® strings, of which CMG acts as primary importer and U.S. distributor to retail stores. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, CA, and distribution and manufacturing facilities are located in Oxnard, CA.

CMG is seeking a talented individual to fill the role of the Product Manager position for its Cordoba & Guild brands of musical instruments.  The main responsibilities for this position include product conception and planning for a wide range of guitars, ukuleles, as well as other guitar-related accessories with a focus on defining the product vision and specifications to ensure superior marketplace performance. Responsibilities also include the monitoring of sales trends and performance, lifecycle management, communicating with our overseas manufacturing partners, assisting in developing sales and marketing strategies, and following through on all issues pertaining to the product group. In tandem with the Director of Brand Management, and in cooperation with the Sales, Marketing, and Quality Assurance groups, the Product Manager will work on the development of marketing/sales strategies to include programs and plans to stimulate support, understanding, and sales of the product among the sales force, distributors, retailers, and consumers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Product Manager will develop long range growth and competitive strategies; work closely with Brand Management and Marketing teams to ensure our new products are filled with features to meet changing market needs of the competitive landscape.
  • Responsible for the launching of new products, the Product Manager will develop strategic plans to introduce a product, produce clear and precise specifications, drawings, and guides, oversee the product through engineering and manufacturing, and onto final production and throughout its lifecycle. and ongoing sales analysis to monitor and report sales results.
  • The Product Manager will gather and compile continuous information on all pertinent competitive products, target customers, and maintain a data base on such to be communicated to Management.
  • The Product Manager is expected to be the subject matter expert (SME), with in-depth knowledge of all Cordoba, Guild, and related accessory products in their group and to maintain this level of knowledge for all new products as they are introduced.
  • The Product Manager will act as liaison as it relates to marketing issues (Web, Video, content, Advertising, etc.)
  • Additional Product Manager duties may include producing demo videos, demonstrating at trade shows, written sales materials, and reporting activities.

Required Experience and Knowledge:

  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in product management or relevant work experience
  • Experience with musical products; knowledge of and ability to play guitar
  • Expertise with CAD and/or a 3D drawing and design software a plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability in basic Algebra concepts to calculate sales figures, pricing, margin, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent teamwork and follow up skills
  • Willingness to travel

CMG offers a competitive salary, bonus opportunities, full medical, dental, vision, 401K, and profit sharing plan for a well-qualified and ambitious individual.  CMG is an equal opportunity employer.  Please send cover letter, resume, and compensation requirements to hiring@cordobamusicgroup.com with “Product Manager” as the subject.  No phone calls please.

Please note that this job specification is not intended to be a complete list of duties, and additional responsibilities may be assigned and required by the direct supervisor or senior management as needed.


Friday, February 10th, 2017

HIRING: INTERNATIONAL SALES

Cordoba Music Group (CMG) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, and musical instrument accessories. CMG’s brands include Cordoba Guitars®, Guild Guitars®, DeArmond® and HumiCase®, which are globally distributed and used by musicians around the world. Other CMG brands include Savarez® and Aquila® strings, of which CMG acts as primary importer and U.S. distributor to retail stores. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, CA, and distribution and manufacturing facilities are located in Oxnard, CA.

Key Activities and Responsibilities

  • Support strong business relationships with international customers as primary point of contact for sales and customer service to approximately 60 international accounts
  •  Responsible for proactive communication with and management of accounts including product information and marketing support
  • Process and maintain orders, credit notes, invoices in ERP system
  • Coordinate with supply chain and warehouse teams to schedule and prepare orders
  • Ensure customers and other required parties are updated with status of orders and shipments
  • Work collaboratively with marketing to further develop and position our brands in each international market
  • Resourceful and takes initiative in suggesting and implementing solutions and improvements

Requirements

  • Interest in, and sensitivity to, global economies and cultures
  • Extremely organized, detail-oriented and excellent follow-through
  • Excels at and is comfortable managing multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Energetic, focused, and strategic with a “roll up your sleeves” attitude
  • Proven ability to resolve issues effectively and quickly and accurately
  • Develop strong personal and collaborative relationships internally and externally
  • Excellent and professional verbal and written communication skills including ability to listen, clarify, develop and clearly express ideas
  • Passionate about music and its impact on in our communities 

CMG offers competitive salary and incentive compensation, medical, dental, vision, 401K, vacation and holiday benefits.  CMG is an equal opportunity employer.

To submit your application, email your cover letter, resume, compensation requirements and references to hiring@cordobamusicgroup.com with “International Sales” as the subject. No phone calls please.

 


Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Cordoba Guitars Awarded “Company to Watch” at 2017 Winter NAMM

Cordoba Guitars received the prestigious “Company to Watch” award from NAMM. We were selected out of 1,779 companies who exhibited at the show by a panel of judges made up of some of the most respected experts in the industry. We’re honored to be recognized for the hard work we’ve put into the last year and ready for an exciting 2017!

 

North American Sales Manager Jason Gano and Northeast Sales Manager Jerry Lynn receive the NAMM “Company to Watch” award!

 


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Reverb Article Goes Behind-The-Scenes at Guild California Factory!

 

We’ve been so popular this past month! Reverb, your favorite website for buying that vintage Guild or gently used Córdoba, visited us at our GuildVentura County, California factory to get the star treatment. We showed them around the state-of-the-art facility and chatted about our plans for Guild USA.

James Brill writes, “At the Guild booth at NAMM 2016, American production models at great prices were highlighted, and the focus on affordable models continued. ‘That’s what Guild is all about,’ (Guild President Jonathan) Thomas said. ‘They are made to be played and that’s our vision going forward. That’s not to say we won’t make more expensive, highly appointed guitars with great woods; we’ll get there. Right now we are focused on making guitars that are accessible to a lot of people.'”

Brill also quickly picked up on the vibe at the Guild factory: “Guild is finally being given its due by the new ownership, with reverence being paid to its past. While improvements have been made in crafting techniques and hardware, the new owners want to honor the tradition of Guild, and make it grow in a crowded but nostalgic guitar market. Keeping a craftsman like Ren Ferguson ensures that production is being handled the right way. While the USA factory has the potential for larger production, it was evident that the deliberate focus was on consistency and quantity at this early stage.”

You can read the full article here! You can also read the Music Trades Magazine article about the latest Guild exploits here.


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Music Trades Magazine Features Guild Guitars

Córdoba Music Group acquired Guild Guitars about two years ago; since then, we’ve been hard at work building a state-of-the-art factory in Ventura County, California.

The process has not been an short one, and the journey has been anything but easy. But now, we’re extremely proud to say that we’re producing USA-made M-20s and D-20s! We’ve still got a long road head of us (D-55s and F-412s, we’re comin’ for ya!), but it’s been an honor to continue the Guild legacy.

Music Trades most recent issue chronicles a bit of this story; keep scrolling to read the article in full!

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Hiring: Guild CNC Machinist/Programmer

*Update June 12, 2015: This position has been filled. Please check back for more exciting career opportunities!*

Cordoba Music Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, and musical instrument accessories. CMG’s brands include Cordoba Guitars®, Guild Guitars®, and HumiCase®, which are globally distributed and used by musicians around the world. Other CMG brands include Savarez® and Aquila® strings, of which CMG acts as primary importer and U.S. distributor to retail stores. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, CA, and distribution and manufacturing facilities are located in Oxnard, CA.

Guild Guitars is seeking to fill the full time position of CNC Machinist / Programmer. The CNC Machinist / Programmer role will assist and modify existing programs in Master Cam and CAMWorks and set up and operate HAAS and FADAL machines. Qualified candidates have 3-5 years experience and will work closely with Manufacturing and R & D to assist with Tooling and set up from start to finish. Experience or knowledge of Musical Instruments and Wood is a plus.

Skills Required:

  • 3-5 years Programming, set up and operating FADAL and HAAS CNC machines
  • Experience with Tooling, Jig and Fixture design and manual Knee Mill work
  • Familiarity with Mastercam and CAMWorks a plus

Salary DOE. Operating hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm and some Saturdays.

CMG is offering a competitive salary, bonus, full medical, dental, vision, 401K, and profit sharing plan for a well-qualified and ambitious individual. CMG is an equal opportunity employer.

To submit your application, email your cover letter, resume, compensation requirements and references to jobs@cordobamusicgroup.com with “CNC Machinist” as the subject. No phone calls please.


Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Hiring: Digital Marketing Coordinator (Santa Monica)

*Update: This position has been filled.

Cordoba Music Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, and musical instrument accessories. CMG’s brands include Cordoba Guitars®, Guild Guitars®, and HumiCase®, which are globally distributed and used by musicians around the world. Other CMG brands include Savarez® and Aquila® strings, of which CMG acts as primary importer and U.S. distributor to retail stores. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, CA, and distribution and manufacturing facilities are located in Oxnard, CA.

Cordoba is seeking a talented and energetic individual to fill the position of Digital Marketing Coordinator. This individual will work at the corporate office in Santa Monica, CA. As a Digital Marketing Coordinator, you’ll develop and execute B2B and B2C campaigns to effectively and strategically communicate with the Cordoba and Guild global communities. You will work with the Marketing Director and team on maintaining and executing a dynamic content calendar for both brands. Responsibilities include email campaigns, social media pushes, blogging, testing & strategizing for optimization, and planning for timely deliveries. This exciting role is an integral part of Cordoba Music Group’s growing Marketing department and will involve collaboration with Sales, Product Management, Artist Relations and Customer Service.

Job Requirements:

  1. Excellent written & communication skills
  2. Well organized, multi-tasker, self-starter, independent disposition
  3. Keen attention to details
  4. Comfortable in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and an eye for good design
  5. Desire to learn / interested in video + photography
  6. 1+ years creating & coordinating email-marketing campaigns (experience with MailChimp is a big plus!)
  7. Experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel and Outlook)
  8. Passion for music is a plus! Extra credit if you play the guitar.

The right candidate can implement campaigns in a timely fashion, think quickly, strategically and creatively, and collaborate with the rest of the marketing team to reach marketing goals.

CMG is offering a competitive salary, bonus, full medical, dental, vision, 401K, and profit sharing plan for a well-qualified and ambitious individual. CMG is an equal opportunity employer. Reply to this ad by sending an email to jobs@cordobamusicgroup.com. Include your cover letter, resume, and compensation requirements with “Digital Marketing Coordinator” as the subject. No phone calls please.


Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

REN FERGUSON TO JOIN CMG AS VICE PRESIDENT OF MANUFACTURING AND R&D FOR GUILD BRAND

Oxnard, CA (May 13, 2014) – On the heels of Cordoba Music Group’s announcement of their intent to acquire Guild from Fender Musical Instrument Company (FMIC), CMG has now announced that Ren Ferguson will join the company as Vice President of Manufacturing and R&D for Guild. He will oversee all production of Guild acoustic and electric guitars in Oxnard, California. With over 50 years of invaluable experience, including 27 years with Gibson and most recently with Guild under FMIC, Ferguson is a legendary figure in American guitar making. “We are very proud to welcome Ren to the CMG team,” said Tim Miklaucic, CEO of Cordoba Music Group. “He is an incredible resource and a national treasure. We’re excited to usher in a new era of Guild guitars with his leadership.”


Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Cordoba Music Group Announces Plan to Purchase Guild Brand from Fender Musical Instrument Corporation

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 6, 2014) Cordoba Music Group, the manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories, has announced today that it has finalized a letter of intent to purchase the Guild® guitar brand and related assets from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC).

“It was important for us to find a great steward to continue the important legacy of Guild guitars,” said FMIC’s interim CEO and board member Scott Gilbertson. “We have found a great fit in Cordoba Music Group, a company committed to quality and with impressive U.S.-based production capabilities.”

“Guild is an iconic American brand with a rich heritage and we’re truly excited and honored to be the ones to move it forward. It’s a great complement to our current position in the acoustic guitar market and provides opportunities for growth in new categories,” said Cordoba Music Group President Jon Thomas. “We will continue to make instruments of exceptional quality in the USA, and look forward to giving one of the industry’s great American brands a new home.”

Sales of Guild guitars will continue as usual during the transition process.  Upon finalization of the sale, Cordoba Music Group is expected to begin production of some models in Cordoba’s factory in Oxnard, Calif. FMIC recently announced the closing of Guild’s U.S. manufacturing facility in New Hartford, Conn.

Guild was founded in New York in 1953 by Alfred Dronge and the company’s excellence in acoustic guitar design made the name synonymous with acoustic quality and craftsmanship throughout the ensuing decades. Guild joined the FMIC family in 1995, combining it with modern design to produce new generations of guitars that remain highly sought-after instruments.

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About Cordoba Music Group: Cordoba Music Group is a musical instrument manufacturer and distributor specializing in acoustic guitars and related accessories. CMG owns and operates the Cordoba brand, the industry’s leading nylon string acoustic guitar brand, and handles U.S. distribution for Savarez®, Aquila®, and HumiCase®. For more information, visit www.cordobaguitars.com.

About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Takamine®, Guild®, EVH®, Ovation®, Charvel® and Groove Tubes®, among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com.



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