Manager, Product Development in San Francisco, CA at Transformco

Date Posted: 1/9/2020

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    600 California Street
    San Francisco, CA
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Job Description

Req/Job ID: 992987BR
Employing Entity: Transform SR LLC
Employment Category: Regular, Full-time
Job Function: Product Development/Management
Store ID: 38112: Sears SF Apparel Office 38112

This position reports directly to the Sr. Director of Production for apparel and functions in a lead role among the Merchandising and Sourcing organizations with respect to Product Development.

Job Requirements

The Product Developer, Apparel manages all aspects of product development for assigned apparel area and spearheads execution of development processes. This role collaborates cross-functionally to ensure garments meet consumer needs throughout the design, development, testing, and sampling phases. The Product Developer manages the sourcing agents with regards to styling, component qualities, trims, graphics, wash techniques, etc. and ensures end result is delivered with required specifications within cost. Manages product development activities from inception to final product. Partners cross-functionally with field resources and vendors/mills and ensures all go-to-market expectations are delivered within timeframes. Communicates with agents including product updates and requirements Collaborates with merchants to align understanding of current and future customer trends, product costs, and margin goals. Creates lower-cost alternatives that uphold integrity of the intended product designLeads the design and merchant teams through approvals of fabric, sketch, strike-off, and samples. Manages sample production & delivery with agent ensuring product milestones are met on timeOversees and delegates product development activities as outlined in the go-to-market calendar; produces solutions as obstacles ariseResponsible for end-to-end cost engineering process including requests for quotes throughout the source base and negotiating services and timeframes with external partnersEducates field partners and vendors on all pre-production requirements, builds improved partner relationshipsDelivers benchmark styles and cost targets to overseas partnersAnticipates competing demands to prioritize & delegate in order to maintain or expedite production schedules; approves milestone submittals (i.e. strike-offs, fabric swatches, PP samples, knit downs, etc.) and produces required acceptability guidance as needed to production teamsApproves final product placement and final cost with agent and communicates placement to merchants; oversees the handoff of adopted styles to necessary production teamsPerforms supervisory functions, including but not limited to, making employment decisions regarding hiring, promoting, demoting and terminating, conducting performance appraisals and coaching and developing associatesBachelor's Level Degree 3-4 YearsNoNo25%18+ (Except Under Certain Conditions)Fluent in in apparel costing for designated product categoriesStrong negotiation skillsStrong knowledge of apparel and material construction, properties, manufacturing, and costingRetail financial acumenStrong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skillsExcellent communication skills with ability to work with and influence at all levelsExcellent computer skills: MS office is a must, photo shop is a plusSolution orientedAdvanced understanding of apparel development processes from inception through productionAdaptability to changing processes and work assignments while keeping all appropriate team members up to date. Must be able to interpret and communicate ideas and direction