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Associate Product Developer

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ASSOCIATE PRODUCT DEVELOPER
START DATE: ASAP
CONTRACT: 3 MONTHS
LOCATION: NEW YORK, NY

** A FORTUNE 500 FASHION COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATE PRODUCT DEVELOPER FOR THEIR MEN’S ACCESSORIES TEAM **

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Accountable for supporting the Product Development team in building product, in partnership with Design, R&D, Tech Design, Merchandising & GIS, that achieves aesthetic, quality and cost requirements against brand standards
• 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
• 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 & 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 & maintenance of sample requests & 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
• Attend critical fittings to see execution of product
• Ensure necessary system maintenance through development process


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• 3 years of Production and Product Development experience
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
• Manufacturing knowledge -- trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity
• Retail math knowledge: AUC, AUR, IMU
• Good aesthetic, design and color sense
• Solid understanding of product construction and the design process
• Computer skills: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, web-based applications
• Effective written and verbal communication skills, and attention to detail
• Ability to react to change and deal with ambiguity
• Domestic & International travel required

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