Sourcing and Development Manager

Santa Ana California
Required Experience: 5 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 7 days ago

AFTCO is a growing apparel company in the fishing & outdoor space with a legacy of USA-made hardgoods. We are not a fashion company. From the freezing temperatures in Michigan’s upper peninsula, to the blazing humidity of summer in Costa Rica - our products are built to handle the extreme. We believe in producing products that are built to last, balanced against the preferences of a primarily Southeast & Midwest customer. The ideal candidate stresses fabric selection for optimal performance, lasting construction, and subtle design cues over fashion preferences.

We are a 61-year-old, 3rd generation, family-owned & operated business that believes deeply in the long-term. We do not focus on big box retail, but instead on organic long-lasting growth through key independent retailers and our direct-to-consumer efforts. In a world where private equity gobbles up brands in order to mass produce cheaply built goods – we are becoming an exception to the rule. We are looking for an individual who shares our long-term thought process.

Overview of Role:

AFTCO, a multi-brand outdoor clothing company, is looking for an Apparel Sourcing and Development Manager to manage and execute our tech pack process and product development. The Apparel Sourcing and Development Manager holds the responsibility of tech packs, samples, and preparing styles for production, as well as working with design on sourcing of fabrics and sewing factories. This position will work closely with production, marketing and sales teams, and will report to AFTCO’s General Manager.

Development Manager & Development Tasks

⏵ Responsible for overall product quality, fit blocks, fabric and construction to ensure that we maintain AFTCO brand quality standards.

⏵ Responsible for coordinating with design and production teams to further brand standards and to see that proper QC practices and procedures are in place.

⏵ Assist Production Manager with sample and / or production QC and inspection issues as needed.

⏵ Conduct seasonal product analysis against competitive brands to ensure AFTCO continues to offer product that utilizes world class material, construction, fit and performance.

⏵ Review and understanding of current wholesale and retail results.

⏵ Assist in developing fabric, trims, art, and details.

⏵ Daily communication with design team regarding line development.

⏵ Daily communication with vendors and production manager for comments and approvals.

⏵ Assist production in date planning, inspection, comments, and QC.

⏵ Develop all tech packs and send to vendors via posting to FTP site.

⏵ Assist in preparation for all product development meetings with design, sales, and management.

⏵ Assist in populating seasonal grids - COO, content, features, etc.

⏵ Assist in creation and update of development calendars.

Sourcing Manager & Execution

⏵ Identify, choose, and develop vendors as needed.

⏵ Identify, choose, and develop fabrics and fabric mills as needed.

⏵ Negotiate prices and oversee quality and lead times.

⏵ Competition and industry research.

⏵ Frequent travel to overseas vendors, 2-3 times per year.

⏵ Travel to industry trade shows for vendor scouting.

⏵ 5+ Years’ experience in Product Development and Production.

⏵ Strong knowledge of costing, fitting, grading, construction and technologies relevant to performance apparel is necessary.

⏵ Strong understanding of design, development and merchandising process from inception through production.

⏵ Ability to travel regularly.

⏵ Strong organizational skills are a must.

⏵ Self-starter, team player, strong follow up skills, and sense of urgency. Must be deadline oriented.

⏵ Knowledge of the fishing and outdoors industry a plus.

⏵ Familiarity with Full Circle, or similar ERP tools is a plus.

⏵ Strong computer skills in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.

⏵ Profit Sharing Program

⏵ Health Insurance

⏵ 100% Company-Covered Life Insurance

⏵ Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Time & Paid Holidays

⏵ Casual dress year-round

⏵ Employee Discount on Products