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PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

If you have the merchandising and design experience to conceptualize and build a key line of women’s apparel, the Product Development Manager opportunity is for you. As a Product Development Manager you will have a critical role in supporting target customer and vision. The Product Development Manager will:

Position Description:

Oversee trend and product line direction with the ability to create a focused brand concept.
Merchandise & review line to insure “harmony” with all other categories of merchandise.
Present brand concepts at all meetings and review styles and assortments with merchants.
Work together with merchants at Concept Meeting on line plans, fabrics, colors and print choices.
Research & identify seasonal color palettes, prints, patterns, fabrics, styles & details.
Monitor daily status of line development including production, design, and technical design. Must fully understand garment manufacturing process to insure compliance to all lead times.
Analyze all price quotes, work with merchants to insure target costs are achieved, and understand fabric and yarn costs.
Approve all fabrics & yearns for appearance, quality, weight and hand-feel, using formal guidelines and technical knowledge.
Approve prototype samples for style details and construction.
Initiate and prepare design specification packages to give to Technical Design.
Manage workflow from initial sketch through final placement of styles.
Manage approval process of all strike offs, patterns trims, and technically correct lab dips.
Leverage buyer’s knowledge to learn about customers likes and dislikes and identify key styles.
Initiate testing of new styles and concepts.
Daily communication with all overseas offices.
Manage and develop Assistant Product Manager.

Job Requirements:

3-5 years experience in a product development role, preferably at the level of Product Manager.
Possess creativity & eye for color.
A team player with a demonstrated ability to problem solve and partner with appropriate Buyers, Planners and others to effect solutions.
Strong verbal & written communication skills.
Knowledge of competitive intelligence for increased awareness of trends & price points.
College Degree or equivalent experience.
Computer proficiency in MS Word and Excel is required software.
WebPDM, Adobe Photoshop and Kaledo Draw experience strongly preferred.


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