Mgr, Product Development & Sourcing Home Fashions in Hoffman Estates, IL at Transformco

Date Posted: 3/2/2020

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    3333 Beverly Road
    Hoffman Estates, IL
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Job Description

Req/Job ID: 989367BR
Employing Entity: Transform SR LLC
Employment Category: Regular, Full-time
Job Function: Product Development/Management
Store ID: 58491: Sears Holdings Management Corp

The Product Developer, Home manages all aspects of product development for assigned home fashions area and spearheads the execution of development processes. This role collaborates cross-functionally to ensure products 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.

Job Requirements

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 design

Leads 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 time

Oversees and delegates product development activities as outlined in the go-to-market calendar; produces solutions as obstacles arise

Responsible for end-to-end cost engineering process including requests for quotes throughout the source base and negotiating services and timeframes with external partners

Educates field partners and vendors on all pre-production requirements, builds improved partner relationships

Delivers benchmark styles and cost targets to overseas partners

Anticipates 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 teams

Approves final product placement and final cost with agent and communicates placement to merchants; oversees the handoff of adopted styles to necessary production teams

Performs supervisory functions, including but not limited to, making employment decisions regarding hiring, promoting, demoting and terminating, conducting performance appraisals and coaching and developing associates

Fluent in costing for designated product categories

Strong negotiation skills

Strong knowledge of home fashions and material construction, properties, manufacturing, and costing

Retail financial acumen

Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills

Excellent communication skills with the ability to work with and influence at all levels

Excellent computer skills: MS office is a must, photoshop is a plus


Advanced understanding of product development processes from inception through production

Adaptability 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