Product Development Manager

Boulder Colorado
Required Experience: 4 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 4 days ago

Global Brands Group (GBG) recently opened a Sports & Lifestyle division office in Boulder, Colorado to house Spyder, Dakine, and Saga Outerwear. We're looking for a Product Development Manager to join the squad in Boulder.

The Manger, Product Development is responsible for managing assigned products and all aspects of communication and execution in the areas of product development including collaboration within product development teams and cross functional teams focusing on and being the key contributor to BOM development, product and fit engineering, specifying construction and helping to define materials from concept through to commercialization.


Operations & Results

⏵ Identifies garment construction and product functionality that supports designer vision, key costing requirements and technical integrity.

⏵ Be an innovator and find solutions for exceptional product execution and proactively ensure superior quality of goods and technical properties.

⏵ Maintains all product details within the PLM system and various stages of prototype samples.

⏵ Manage the entire development process and maintains BOM’s from initial tech pack build out to production ready styles.

⏵ Lead product review meetings, including reviews of fit execution and product construction details.

⏵ Ensures product fit and consistency based established specification and block patterns and achieved through concise and in-depth fit analysis and communication to vendors.

⏵ Record and delivers all prototype comments and factory communication, track cost impacts of changes, communicate changes to all appropriate parties and plan for next steps.

⏵ Manage shipping and receiving of all product by checking in styles into the tracker, labeling samples and distributing them and providing tracking details to the team.

⏵ Executes to the product development calendar for optimum efficiency while partnering with Design, Merchandising and Operations.

⏵ Plan and track to the development schedule to ensure timely completion of each stage of product deliverables.

⏵ Analyze detail cost sheets to confirm accuracy including yields, adherence to BOM details and to ensure the assigned products are meeting margin goals by estimating pre-costs and driving cost goals in collaboration with product managers and vendors.

⏵ Achieve commercial viability of designs through collaboration with Merchandising, Design, Raw Mat and Ops department

⏵ Work with L&F sourcing leadership and vendor partners to successfully collaborate throughout the development process.

⏵ Provide guidance and vendor knowledge to determine the sourcing strategy for the season.

⏵ Travel to production locations, domestic and international, to manage all PD functions.

Customers & Relationships

⏵ Assist with problem solving as needed.

⏵ Nurture and manage vendor relationships.

⏵ Work with L&F leadership to summarize and communicate status of prototype and sales sample production.

Strategy & Innovation

⏵ Continually innovate and find solutions in development of seasonal product strategies, style-specific concepts, features & benefits, and strategic cost improvements.

⏵ Continually assess and characterize the capabilities of our existing vendor partners and play a key role in optimizing the placement of new development styles with appropriate vendors, being mindful of technical capabilities, management expertise, communication abilities, and logistical realities that influence the quality, timeliness and cost of products.

Leadership & Teams

⏵ Contribute positively to team dynamic, whether leading or participating in a project.

⏵ Work collaboratively with individuals face-to-face, via email and voice/video conference.

⏵ Drive assigned projects to successful conclusions.

⏵ 3-5 Years of experience in an apparel development role

⏵ Strong knowledge of technical garment construction, fit, material construction and development lifecycle

⏵ Knowledge of costing process and evaluation

⏵ Experience in fit, garment construction, patternmaking and product creation process

⏵ Understanding of Design and Merchandising roles in product life-cycle

⏵ Excellent problem solving, communication skills and strong written communication skills

⏵ Ability to multi-task, manage multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines

⏵ Highly detail-oriented and meticulous with follow-up, highly organized

⏵ Innovative and solution based

⏵ Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite

⏵ Proficiency in FlexPLM preferred

⏵ Ability to travel internationally, up to 10% of the year