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Associate Manager, Product Development (Men's Sweaters)

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Associate Manager, Product Development (Men’s Sweaters)

Start Date:  ASAP

Contract Length:  On-going (Contract to Hire)

Location:  New York, NY

Summary:

Accountable for supporting the Product Development team in building product, in partnership with Design, R&D, Tech Design, Merchandising and GIS, that achieves aesthetic, quality and cost requirements against brand standards.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an understanding of our brand aesthetic and collaborate with Design to support the development of the product line
  • Maintain an understanding of how certain raw materials perform when in garment form and offer input and recommendations based on VoC, vendor innovation, quality improvements, and competition
  • Timely coordinate of good/better/best during sketch review, ensuring strategy is adhered to
  • Share concerns/partner with Production Management team on potential issues and inputs to sourcing strategies
  • Coordinate the presentation of proto types, washes, testing results and cost options to Design in preparation for Alignment in partnership with R&D
  • Coordinate preliminary costing and product options to solve for cost issues in alignment with cross functional partners and rolling up costing to meet AUC targets
  • Help to identify and recommend RSC opportunities or opportunities to shorten lead times on product strategies
  • Coordinate creation, tracking and maintenance of sample requests and BOMs through Product Adoption
  • Track and recommend cost effective options to land on product requirements
  • Ensure timeliness of approvals / product changes to meet deliveries through the development process
  • Support or attend development trips to participate and collaborate on fit/quality and cost alignment/solves
  • Help to identify opportunities for innovation for future / current seasons
  • Create and track open issues during Alignment and Development trips
  • Attend critical fittings to see execution of product
  • Ensure necessary system maintenance through development process

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Product Development or equivalent
  • 3 years of Production and Product Development experience
  • Manufacturing knowledge – trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity
  • Garment production knowledge – production cycle timeline, garment construction and garment costing
  • Retail math knowledge :  AUC, AUR, IMU
  • Good aesthetic, design and color sense
  • Ability to think three-dimensionally and to visualize from swatch to body
  • Solid understanding of product construction
  • Solid understanding of design process
  • Computer skills:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and web based applications
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong detail orientation and follow through skills
  • Organize and prioritize multiple projects
  • Have a sense of urgency in managing time and accomplishing tasks
  • Demonstrate proactive problem solving / creative skills
  • Ability to negotiate and influence others
  • Create and maintain a cooperative team environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals
  • Ability to react to change and deal with ambiguity
  • Solicit feedback/self-development
  • Demonstrated drive for results 

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