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Product Development Specialist

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The Temporary Product Development Specialist works with Product Team on the development and approval of private label apparel. Develops and executes product based upon vision and void directed by the Merchants and Manager to ensure the timely shipment of quality, trend right product. Develops strong customer service and working relationships with Agents, Buyer Vendors and other inter-departmental associates.

Responsibilities:

Develops strong working relationships and communication skills.
Ensures styling details and product standards are clearly communicated and understood by Agents/Vendors.
Facilitates problem resolution in a timely manner.
Coordinates the development process according to time and action deadlines.
Develops an understanding of how to create achievable programs and how to add efficiencies while working with the Manager and team.
Works with technical design and design to ensure that the product styling and fit is consistent with current market trends. Works with their Managers, the Agents and Vendors to develop new techniques and concept samples.
Reviews all submits received from vendors for compliance to standards. Communicates technically achievable direction to the vendors on how to correct color, strike offs, components, and samples. Consults Product Manager or team members for functional guidance as necessary
Assists in monitoring delivery and production flow according to the Time & Action deadlines.
Monitors WIP reports with Product Development team, Agents, and Vendors to ensure on time delivery for all programs.
Approves submits including trims, dips, print strike offs, fabric quality and samples against established standards.
Resolves issues as they arise in accordance to the Time and Action calendar.
Ability to prioritize work load
Acts with integrity
Recommends methods to improve the product construction and quality
Special Projects as assigned


Requirements:

Degree in Fashion/Home Product Design and/or Merchandising or equivalent experience
PC skills including Microsoft Office, Web PDM, PLM, Adobe Illustrator
Broad-based knowledge of garment specifications, including clothing construction, grading, etc.
Knowledge of garment testing standards and protocols.
Detail oriented
Effective communication skills
Good math skills
Ability to communicate and interpret conceptual design ideas
Strong interpersonal skills
Works well in a team environment
Ability to handle multiple projects
Strong organizational and follow-through skills

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