The Category Product Development/ Sourcing Manager is responsible for partnering with global suppliers, Technical Design, Fabric Development, Production and Merchants to develop and execute product, manage calendar timelines, create strategies and drive decisions regarding cost, margin, allocation, fabric positioning, inventory and quality for their respective division/category.
- Update and maintain and send accurate tech packs from Design hand-off through Production
- Manage sample development and tracking process from initial sample stage through preproduction stage according to calendar deadlines by creating, updating and maintaining WIP report.
- Act as liaison between Design, agents, TBGS, vendors & Seattle production teams
- Communicate daily with cross-functional teams and vendors regarding all issues pertinent to the accurate execution of samples through production
- Review, approve and/or reject samples in collaboration with Design and Tech Design
- Update and maintain complete and accurate BOMs, initiated in design, in Flex PLM.
- Support department workload by assisting Manager and team members
- Provide support and guidance to Design teams on price/cost estimates, cost engineering, vendor placement, lead-times, and product integrity
- Facilitate approval of garment components at style level in collaboration with Design and TBGS counterparts
Act as a key stakeholder for product integrity and testing in order to influence design.
- Create comprehensive vendor, costing and speed strategies with TBGS to enable long-term gross margin growth for the category.
- Support future category strategies and provide appropriate and timely direction to the cross-functional team.
- Communicate seasonal product strategies to TBGS and vendors.
- Support Manager in building category fabric platform strategies to leverage for cost negotiations and flexible inventory plans.
- Work with design & manager to identify raw material pricing parameters/challenges and initiate fabric allocation/counter sourcing in collaboration with TBGS.
- Collaborate with Production planner to project fabric volumes and make seasonal greige commitments with vendors based on sales and historical data.
- Partner with buyers and planners and Omni analyst on short-term and long-term projections to leverage buys and negotiate costs.
- Partner with TBGS to manage style level cost negotiations via costing tool.
- Identify costing/pricing issues and offer up suggestions and alternatives through the development process.
- Meet with vendors to strengthen relationships and to better understand sourcing capabilities, negotiate costs/lead-times and source innovation.
Analysis And Influencing:
Influence the makeup and strategy of the line via in-depth product/cost analysis.
Create, analyze and present seasonal hindsight to leadership and cross-functional teams.
Line Plan/Development Ratios:
Provide seasonal hindsight analysis to cross-functional teams to influence initial line plan creation that will maximize sales and minimize over development.
Collaborate with Inventory Planning teams to establish initial quantities, enable cost negotiations and manage a department, class level AUC throughout the product development process.
- Blue Cherry experience a plus.
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to influence decisions with cross-functional teams.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to work proactively and problem solve.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Good judgment and decision-making ability.
- Strong product knowledge in apparel/retail industry.
- Ability to multitask and work in a high paced environment
- Mahalo (thank you) for your interest in Company!
31 freelancers are bidding on average $13/hour for this job
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