Merchandiser/Product Developer

Irvine California
Required Experience: 5 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 6 days ago
Job Description
The La Jolla Group is a worldwide leader in the action sports apparel business segment with a fast paced, high energy environment that is continually on the move. With prominent brands such as O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, and Hang Ten, La Jolla Group has proved to be a builder of great brands, a creator of innovative products, and a master of operational excellence. Join our team and enjoy a casual work environment, onsite gym, discount on clothes, summer hours and employer provided lunches and fruit! We believe our employees are our strongest asset and invest in their growth by focusing on developing their strengths.

Join our team at O’Neill as a Merchandiser/ Product Developer for Women’s Sportswear.

***Ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of the entire development process from design concept through production as well as a passion and enthusiasm for Sportswear. This position reports to the Director of Merchandising.

Essential Job Functions:
• Responsible for development of product from design hand off through production hand off for assigned categories.
• Work closely with Director of M&D to develop product that meets company margins while maintaining design intent and targeted IMU goals.
• Negotiate with factory to achieve costs in order to meet target wholesale and gross margin targets. Suggest alternatives when relevant.
• Handle all daily communication with overseas vendors for assigned categories. Some factory travel overseas may be required.
• Participate in sourcing decisions based on volume, technique, fabrication and cost.
• Work closely with technical team to maintain brand fit standards and attend all fittings.
• Responsible for maintaining PLM for specified categories, all sample comments, approvals, costing, etc.
• Partner with design team in proto review meetings to ensure accurate and detailed presentation to sales team and management.
• Manage time and action calendar for assigned categories to meet all deadlines. Track and approve all necessary submits of artwork, trims and packaging.
• Responsible for issuing and maintaining salesman sample PO’s.
• The Merchandiser is the link between design, technical design, planning and the factories; it is essential that all communication is accurate, complete, timely and professional.
Job Requirements
• Must have minimum 5 years junior's sportswear development experience.
• Proficiency with basic computer applications (i.e. Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook,) are required.
• Knowledge of PLM and Full Circle is desired.
• Must be organized and work well in a team environment.
• Strong problem-solving abilities, organizational and planning skills are required. Must be solution minded.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills along with the ability to facilitate meetings are necessary.
• Experienced in overseas travel.

This is an excellent opportunity with an innovative, fun and growing company!

LJG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy or maternity leave), genetic information and any other characteristics protected by law