Product Development Manager
Posted on: March 14, 2020
Responsible for leading the team and processes for technical
development of our client?s
products. Deliver manufacturing ready products that meet or exceed
design?s aesthetic intent, margin
goals, sourcing strategies, quality requirements, and customer
Essential Job Responsibilities:
? Supervises technical designers, fabric and color specialist,
assistants, and interns.
? Manages workflow, individual workloads, and development of staff
to include performance management and training.
? Completes position specific training plan and engages in
? Mentors product development department staff by coordinating and
providing personal development experiences and job skills
? Ensures newly hired employees or transfers complete position
specific training and development plan.
? Conducts performance reviews (AMP) with employees as well as
follow-up on discipline of employees within the department.
? Establishes efficient staff levels and conducts interviews as
needed to meet staffing needs.
? Ensures pre-production samples are approved on time to meet
calendar requirements for new product.
? Manages the evaluation and approval of manufacturing Top of
? Ensures quality of newly developed product regarding color, hand,
and construction meets internal and external customer satisfaction
? Manages the technical design staff in the fit process to ensure
product is consistent with brand and category vision, as well as
? Reviews electronic and paper patterns and makes adjustments as
? Understands and implements the latest fabric, color, and fit
? Manages the technical design staff in the creation of
specification packages and labels, ensuring accuracy of
? Manages the technical design staff in the maintenance of fabric
and color libraries, to include fabric standards & run cards,
ensuring compliance with company and industry standards through
bulk fabric approval.
? Maintains and evaluates the grading of all product.
? Ensures requests, receipts and hand-offs of all samples meet
? Manages establishment of product care instructions.
? Works closely with client production departments to ensure
product can be successfully embellished.
? Ensures product development adherence to all critical dates on
? Communicates with domestic and overseas supply chain partners in
regards to current and upcoming product.
? Leads process change and system implementation initiatives.
? Develops departmental strategies to support supply chain,
strategies and goals.
? Maintains an understanding of our customers, industry and trends,
as well as requirements for high school sports team uniforms.
? Oversees the development of fit blocks and grading standards.
Non-Essential Job Responsibilities:
? Builds and maintains relationships with Kansas State University
Apparel and Textiles program though intern development, and
communications with professors and class presentations and
? Supports design, inventory planning, logistics and other
departments as needed. ? Occasional travel to manufacturing
? Periodically conduct trainings with the Sales team on fit and
construction of garments
Qualifications & Education:
? Bachelor?s degree in an apparel related field required. Job
? At least 6 years of experience in product development, design or
? At least 2 years managing a team in apparel design/manufacturing
? Experience communicating with overseas production partners.
? Patternmaking and grading experience.
? Understanding of fit, construction, manufacturing techniques, and
? Experience with fabric and trim sourcing and evaluation.
? Experience managing color approvals.
? Knowledge of safety standards for children?s apparel.
? Knowledge of industry standards for quality and testing
? Management and communication skills to work effectively with
? Strong problem predicting and problem-solving skills.
? Organizational skills necessary to handle multiple tasks and
reports within deadlines. ? Ability to think analytically and plan
strategically to meet the needs of the business. ? Ability to see
the big picture while managing numerous details.
? Must be an inspiring team player and partner.
? Must thrive in a very fast-paced environment and juggle multiple
? Proficiency with pc software including Microsoft Office, Adobe
Creative Suite, Gerber Accumark, & PLM. Intermediate skill level
required in Excel.
? Experience working in 3D Product Development technologies a
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