Product Developer - Swimwear

Job title: Product Developer - Swimwear
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Discipline: Fashion
Remote: No
Reference: 407165
Contact name: Erica Wilson
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

The Senior Associate Product Developer for the Swimwear category will closely collaborate with Design to ensure the completion of garments is executed from concept through production with the highest quality and within cost parameters with overseas vendors. This position will utilize his or her problem-solving, multi-tasking and communication skills to help oversee the day to day development which includes ensuring brands are on calendar. This is a permanent full time role for a candidate who truly understands the swimwear market consumer and a highly organized candidate who can thrive in a fast-paced work environment.

Major Responsibilities:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Communicate daily with manufacturers to ensure product specifications, quality standards and deadlines are met specific to the Swimwear category
• Attend fittings to ensure product is on calendar and within cost parameters, problem solving when needed
• Allocate product against oversea manufacturers for the best possible execution which includes maintaining proper vendor capacities
• Manage cost negotiations, FOB approvals and retail parameters
• Problem solve with issues when they do arise
• Act as liaison between R&D and Design to ensure fabric MOQs/cost are within targets and no liability is accrued
• Manage and own WIPs and costing processes for a specific brand and/or category from concept through production
• Independently own calendar deadlines across all Swimwear
• Collaborate with the 3D fitting and pattern-making process
• Own product flow concept – TOP for multiple seasons at a time
• Independently communicate with vendors, troubleshoot issues with vendors, and travel overseas to vendor visits
• Be the main point of contact and communicator between all cross-functional departments: Buying, R&D, Design, Tech, Supply Chain and Purchasing
• Cultivate, interview and train junior members which includes refining their development process
• Support the Sr. Product Developer in evolving PD processes and leading workshops/training initiatives
• Complete ad-hoc tasks and assignments as directed by management

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
• Comprehend all stages of the product development processes
• Must have the ability to handle large amount of SKUs
• Possess strong knowledge in garment construction and specifications in multiple categories
• Strong knowledge of product life cycle and calendar deadlines
• Strong knowledge of fabric, trims, quality and developments
• Strong knowledge of garment construction and finishing
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and leadership skills
• Strong analytical and decision making skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Proactive, self-motivated, and strong knowledge of how to delegate
• Deadline focused and goal driven
• Must be able to thrive in a fast paced environment and short lead calendar (5 months)
• Must be able and willing to lift and carry up to 10 lbs., perform frequent repetitive finger, hand and wrist motions, as well as bending, stooping, reaching, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling
• Must be able to sit for extended periods of time

Minimum Qualifications:
• 5-6+ years’ experience in similar role
• Experience working with Swimwear
• In-depth overseas experience and vendor management experience
• Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and knowledge of CAD a plus but not required
• Excellent computer skills including Excel and Google applications

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