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Product Development Specialist (Apparel)

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Aquent's Fortune 500 retail client is looking for a Product Development Speacialist to work a contract to hire role onsit in New York City for THREE DAYS A WEEK (not a full 40 hour role).

This position executes the pre-production process, including tracking the pre-production calendar and approvals. This team member manages logistics and tracking for all sample fabric, raw materials and garment samples while also keeping all team members up-to-date on the product development status.

Responsibilities:
•Supports Design to ensure products are executed with design specifications.
•Supports Raw Materials team to allocate sample yardage, raw materials and trims needed.
•Executes and follow-up on sample yardage and testing.
•Assists in the approval process to ensure time and action deadlines are met.
•Executes the requesting and tracking of product samples, including prototypes, strike-offs, handlooms, knit downs, wash panels, and line review samples.
•Assists in the tracking of technical fit samples and design ratios.
•Continuously communicate to all team members on pre-production updates, approvals & issues.
•Supports Sourcing, IBO and Product Integrity teams for challenges and issues while maintaining organization standards.
•Inputs data into systems and ensures the integrity and accuracy of the information.

Competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities:
•Excellent organizational and communication skills
•Builds working relationships with cross-functional teams
•Strong reporting and analytical skills
•Decisive decision making
•Strong computer skills: Excel, FlexPLM

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