Supports product development throughout production of category life cycle, both internally with corporate sourcing offices and external suppliers. Under the direction of the Sr. Apparel Developer, collaborate with Design, Product Managers, Technical Design, Sourcing Ops & QC and Design to insure product meets or exceeds criteria for performance, cost, manufacturability, and quality. Influence and direct material development process, working with cross functional teams to execute to seasonal calendar dates and margin goals. Assists the Sr. Apparel Developer in analyzing supply markets, executing competitive costing and leading supplier negotiations.
Manage all critical development dates on calendar and follow development WIP. Responsible for awareness, reporting and support of Buy Ready gates and exceptions including but not limited to; cost/margin, fit, color, prints, print, testing and fabric/trim approvals. Supports and helps to manage on-going materials development per product category/ classification to provide guidance and support to design on seasonal trends. Conduct materials development research, attend trade shows and travel/ visit to mills and vendors. Ensure that proto yardage and initial testing as well as the fabric WIP is followed up on for the season and reports up any challenges to the Sr. Developer. Taking direction from the Sr. Apparel Developer, works with Product Managers and Sourcing teams to calculate target costing from initial line plans to direct FOB and gross margin targets. Supports the development process to achieve commercial feasibility of designs through collaboration with Design, Product Managers and Technical Design teams. Provides feedback to Product Managers, Design Teams and Tech Design on relevant product issues such as production technology, or changes that impact cost or quality. Develops and maintains vendor relationships and regional development strategies. Works with the Sr. Apparel Developer to partner with Sourcing/ Ops teams and overseas offices to ensure global product development and sourcing objectives are clearly articulated, implemented and achieved. Provide direction in the areas of sourcing and costing with cross functional sourcing teams to ensure strategic and corporate initiatives are met. Works to ensure the PLP, Pre-line and bulk SMS are on time and that samples are first quality. Collaborate with NBHK and Production, Sourcing & Ops Manager to analyze and evaluate business and supply chain performance on seasonal basis. Have awareness of international customs and duty regulations to maintain product, cost and deliveries. Maintain awareness of requirements as they vary by customer to ensure appropriate, effective costing. Actively participate in weekly cross functional meetings, proto-reviews and the buy process. Other related duties as required.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS
Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing, Textiles, Apparel Merchandising or Business Administration. An advanced degree would be a plus.
Minimum of 3-5 years' experience in Product Development and Sourcing.
Experience in regional sourcing, either domestic or international.
Comprehensive understanding of fabric construction and performance, garment construction, production processes, and general logistic aspects of the industry.
Strong project management, negotiation and communication skills.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Strong pre-costing analysis and cost negotiation skills.
Ability to manage complex business issues and multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to develop relationships with key Business Partners and cross functional teams.
Ability to perform in a fast-paced, goals-oriented, and time-sensitive environment.
Strong Computer skills including Microsoft Office (WORD, EXCEL, etc.)
Some Domestic and International travel required.
Our products are only as good as the people we hire, so we make sure to hire the best and treat them accordingly. In addition to a comprehensive traditional benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401k, etc.) we proudly offer a slate of more nontraditional perks - opportunities like on/offsite seminars, customized team building sessions, tuition reimbursement, and various mentorship programs - that encourage our associates to grow personally as they develop professionally. You'll also enjoy a flexible work schedule, gym discounts, fitness reimbursements, and volunteer opportunities, because work-life balance is more than just a buzzword - it's part of our culture.
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