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Associate Production Manager

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Are you the type of individual who walks in a store and immediately thinks of how the merchandise should be placed to be more aesthetically appealing? Do you find gratification in contributing to the overall increase in customer satisfaction and building brand loyalty between the organization and the consumer? Do I have your attention yet? Aquent is currently sourcing for an Associate Production Manager courtesy of one of our prestigious and thriving Fortune 500 organizations local to the San Francisco Bay, CA market area. The ideal candidate will have approximately 3+ years of experience working in a Marketing and/or Creative Operations department managing fixture production timelines, budgets and allocation of inventory and displays. The individual will also be responsible for managing all packaging activities and ensuring compliance with our client. We are seeking individuals who have experience in beauty, health and or cosmetics, but it is not required!

Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct walk-throughs and provide creative input as it pertains to floor presentation, window display and product styling
  • ​Vendor point of contact for fixture production timelines and budget; liaison between vendor and internal teams
  • ​Partner with and effectively influence the local visual merchandising teams on seasonal range development based on an optimal store layout across each format 
  • Vendor accountability of pre-determined seasonal timelines/hand-offs; opportunity to revisit production timelines/process 
  • ​Create innovative interior product presentation concepts that driving positive KPI growth
  • Maintains positive vendor relationships in partnership with Merch and Procurement 
  • Timeline integration with PM; strong collaboration to trouble-shoot date shifts/manage risks 
  • ​Analyze product and category performance to make sound decisions on how to improve category performance through merchandising and visual representation
  • Risk mitigation/communication of implications for production timeline/budget 
  • ​Develop and nurture relationships with vendors
  • Budget validation of recommendations for exceptional product functionality within fixture, materials, fixture consistency and execution standards 
  • Fixture budget management, cost negotiation 
  • Cost estimate preparation, collective review with Merch; proactive notification of any budget variances 
  • Quality control (prototype execution–within budget parameters; graphic masters, proofs + press checks; pack out check) 

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