The Associate Production Manager is responsible for developing and supporting a global sourcing strategy to support the product development and bulk production execution of multiple categories that meet our brand quality standards. This person supports, manages and helps to lead end-to-end production processes efficiently and effectively. The Associate Production Manager will work closely with their manager, peers in Design, Product Development, Technical Design, Inventory Planning, International Sourcing offices, and non-GIS vendors.
•Collaborate with manager and Design seasonally to ensure we have the right vendor mix to support product design and innovation
•Communicate seasonal category strategies with GIS and direct vendors
•Direct Design & Graphic Design on sample and artwork development that align with the category sourcing strategies.
•Provide recommendations for raw material and garment development sourcing.
•Communicate to GIS and vendors raw materials to be ordered for seasonal development.
•Manage sampling time/action calendar to meet key milestones.
•Monitor on-time delivery of development samples.
•Collaborate with Design, Fabric R&D, and Product Development to troubleshoot seasonal style issues.
•Partner with Manager to identify opportunities for fabric platforms and responsive supply chain styles
•Partner with cross functional teams to establish and maintain Sales Based Rapid Response (SBRR) initiatives per department
•Utilize cost matrix by category during proto plan discussions to direct Design and Product Development on raw material selection and style development to meet category cost and margin goals
•Ensure initial costing for all development is input into Assortment tool prior to Filemaker turnover to Inventory Planning
•Communicate to cross functional team style exceptions not meeting class margin goals.
•Provide strategic sourcing solutions to help meet department’s financial goals
•Gather information on liabilities and present solutions to Manager as well as to cross-functional team
•Partner with manager & GIS VM to identify strategic vendor base to develop and produce product that meet the brand quality standards
•Partner with Manager to identify key seasonal sourcing strategies
•Communicate to GIS and non-GIS seasonal vendors’ capacity forecast as well as any seasonal design trends
•Hindsight vendor performance by semester for each category with peers in Technical Design and GIS and provide summary to Manager and to Director
•Communicate adopted styles and delivery requirements to GIS and non-GIS vendors.
•Communicate pre-booking or early fit requirements for style exceptions to cross functional team
•Communicate to Merchandising and Inventory Planning raw material and production minimums for adopted styles
•Confirm order/qty placement and T&A for adopted styles with GIS and non-GIS vendors
•Facilitate adherence to booking due dates for Merchandising and Inventory Planning
•Update Fit tracker per bulk placement and partner with Tech Design to ensure all deadlines are met
•Review and approve care instructions
•Manage and update raw material and style updates in File Maker
•Drive cost negotiations for adopted assortment
•Communicate to cross functional team style exceptions not meeting category margins prior to finalizing costing in Filemaker prior to PO issuance
•Maintain Filemaker with cost updates post style and order confirmation
•Review and troubleshoot bulk production product testing
•Manage on time deliveries by partnering with GIS and non-GIS vendors to manage exceptions to T/A calendars and Work-In Process reports
•Troubleshoot in season production issues
•Communicate to cross functional team any issues that arise that will cause a delivery delay
•Manage and report out on raw material liabilities
•Knowledge of production: Manufacturing, product engineering, product lifecycle, calendar management, trade regulations, fabric performance and garment construction, testing standards, and product integrity
•Ability to react to change
•Make effective presentations
•Emphasis on driving and influencing business
•Fitness and/or Outdoor Sport experience a plus
•Time Management: Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects
•Detail Oriented with strong follow through
•Demonstrate proactive problem solving
•Ability and willingness to travel to domestically and internationally
•Ability to react to change
•Computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft applications, FileMaker, web-based applications
•5 plus years experience in garment manufacturing and sourcing
•4 year Bachelors degree preferred
Scope: Manage Intimates, Support Top and Swim categories
Size of the Team: 3
Top 3-5 Skills needed to perform this role: Experience in Production, experience with bras/swim a plus, strong problem solver, strong communication skills, ability to prioritize and drive for results
Top 3-5 Soft Skills for company culture fit: Ability to navigate through constant change and ambiguity without losing focus and driving for results
Additional Desired Skills/ Software requirements: Excel, PLM, Tradestone
Background: College graduate with 2-3 years of experience
Typical workday: Answering emails, attending meetings and working with the cross functional team