In partnership with Design and Merchandising leadership, develop and bring to market the most well executed, innovative, and profitable ranges in the industry, managing apparel development from 2-D drawing to prototypes and samples . Covering off on regional needs.
Help coordinate the product development process, and calendar for all regional, with responsibility for meeting all deadlines.
Operate as the primary “brand” partner / liaison with global supply chain, sourcing and production teams.
Partner with design to deliver a well executed product.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Lead the development and execution of products in the relevant categories, as well as drive new fabrications, techniques, and processes to remain on the leading edge of the apparel category
Ensures product development is in accordance margin requirements and production calendar
Acts as liaison between merchandising, design and production teams
Work closely with designers in reviewing prototypes, and submits for approval for all categories from design concept to production.
Understand cost build ups including yield, duties, and opportunities for value-engineering
Maximize gross margin opportunities through leverage, product re-engineering, and sourcing strategy
Review and vet costs prior to presentation to merchants, must be fact-based and in-line with macro trends
Working with Tech Design and creative to have complete technical package to initiate development
Work directly with the hub to ensure they understand the design requirements through daily communication.
Work closely with production team to ensure that styles are executed properly in bulk production.
Actively research and observe the competition’s design, pricing, and marketing and maintain a keen awareness of trends
Support the Merchandisers at meetings by providing key product knowledge, product overview and account history
Responsible for end-to-end execution of SMU product requests that are in line with Corporate SMU strategy and meet defined targets and guardrails
Ensure all necessary content color codes, and correct style information is available for style set up in PLM.
Responsible for PLM management including style set-up for all styles by creating and maintaining BOM’s, updating style information and changes as necessary, all sample comments, and approvals.
Attend fittings as necessary to deliver a quality product
Take part in quality audits for respective categories
Own the SAP push requirements and deadlines
Meet all deadlines for necessary categories
In-depth product development knowledge of apparel development
Knowledge of product development calendar, timelines, and deliverables
Must be able to multi task and work in fast paced environment
Must be proactive with a solution/result oriented attitude
Must have excellent verbal and written communication and follow through skills
Must be highly organized and detailed oriented
Must be MAC computer literate in Applications – Adobe Illustrator, Word, and Excel
Experience in product development
Good working knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
PLM system knowledge
Bachelors Degree, Business administration or Retail Merchandising preferred