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Product Development Manager

*UPDATED:

#1.)  1 FT Product Assistant
Ralph Lauren
$45k

#2.)  1 FT Product Development Associate
Coach & ColorPlay
Customer Facing a MUST
$65k max.

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#1.)
COMPANY:  Echo Design, Inc.
Echo Design is a New York City based, industry leader in the design, marketing and distribution of fashion and home accessories. Our products range from scarfs and wraps, cold weather mufflers, hats and gloves, swimwear, beach cover-ups, and handbags, to a full line of licensed home products including bedding, bath, window, fabrics, rugs, wallpaper, and dinnerware. 

TITLE: PRODUCT ASSISTANT 
REPORTS TO: PRODUCT MANAGER/ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER
FUNCTION:
The Product Assistant will interact closely with Design, Sales and Merchandising. S/He will be responsible for managing the day to day functions in product development including sourcing, costing, product management and sample follow-up. The Product Assistant assists in all aspects of product development with primary responsibility for all administrative related functions. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
•    Assist with product development in collaboration with Product Manager as well as Design and Merchandising.
•    Create all proto and market sample Purchase Orders throughout the development process.
•    Communicate with factories and send tech packs, request costing, send sample PO’s, and track all orders.
•    Assist with creating cost sheets and margin analysis in PLM system.
•    Monitor calendar deadlines and workflow with Product Manager and Design partners to ensure on time delivery.
•    Manage invoicing process for samples and development costs to assist finance department in making timely payments
•    Assist with fabric and quality sourcing with overseas factories to incorporate into new designs.
•    Communicate with suppliers to proactively manage all issues.
•    Schedule appointments and travel including vendor and customer meetings.
•    Review quality issues and work with internal team and suppliers to resolve. 
•    Follow time and action calendar and adhere to all deliverables.
•    Maintain all data entry and ensure information is accurate. 
•    Exhibit strong presentation and communication skills.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Design, Business, Fashion or related field and 1- 2 years of related experience preferred.
•    Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.
•    Excellent organization and time management skills; detail oriented.
•    Flexible and adaptable to change.
•    Punctual and dependable.
•    Ability to effectively prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
•    Ability to build strong, productive relationships with teammates and cross functional partners.
•    Basic understanding of product development and manufacturing process.
•    Comfortable negotiating and selling.
•    Strong in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
•    Experience with a PLM system preferred.
•    Demonstrates all Echo principles.
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#2.)
COMPANY:  Echo Design, Inc.
Echo Design is a New York City based, industry leader in the design, marketing and distribution of fashion and home accessories. Our products range from scarfs and wraps, cold weather mufflers, hats and gloves, swimwear, beach cover-ups, and handbags, to a full line of licensed home products including bedding, bath, window, fabrics, rugs, wallpaper, and dinnerware. 

JOB TITLE: PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE – CUSTOM DIVISION
FUNCTION:
The Product Development Associate will interact closely with Design, Customers, and Suppliers. He/She will be responsible for managing the day to day functions in product development including sourcing, costing, product management and sample follow-up. He/She will be exposed to various aspects of customer- facing activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
MANAGEMENT
•    Manage the assigned product development and drive sourcing, costing, innovation, data integrity, product quality, speed to market and social compliance.  Take initiative on research and development to create growth opportunities.
•    Manage time and action calendar for appropriate categories/brand, keeping the process and team constantly moving toward its goals.
•    Manage and mentor direct report(s) to achieve long term success.
•    Collaborate with merchandising and design on all corporate objectives.
•    Manage customer relationships with Product Director/Manager to maximize sales and profitability.
o    Act as key liaison on specific accounts.
o    Grow sales through relationship building and account management. 
•    Manage vendor matrix in conjunction with Product Director/Manager, identifying and leveraging strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats:
o    Leverage mills with all divisions to maximize productivity.
o    Coordinate vendor visits and research new suppliers.
o    Driver vendor performance through monthly report cards, rebate incentives, chargeback management etc.
o    Edit peripheral sourcing to grow key partnerships for efficiencies in both cost, production and delivery speed.
•    Manage salesman samples from ordering to on time delivery to the DC. Work closely with merchandising to ensure all market samples are photographed on time and delivered to all parties by the calendar deadline.
•    Establish seasonal sourcing strategies with Product Director/Manager to meet all financial goals.
•    Drive innovation in conjunction with Product Director/ Product Manager. 
•    Communicate regularly with suppliers to proactively manage issues and minimize disruptions to the business. Emails must be addressed within 1 business day with all suppliers and internal partners. 
•    Data Integrity – Ensure thorough and accurate product date

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
•    Oversee all product development, sourcing, costing and production, ensuring that customer requirements and specifications are met, on time and in order.
o    Research: fabrics, product, resources, countries.
o    Drive innovation: technique, fabrics, yarns, process.
o    Ensure competitiveness: retail and wholesale competitors in all channels.
o    Drive costing: achieve best value/cost from all supplies.
o    Manage sourcing: minimums, lead times, currency, costs, and national instabilities.
•    Troubleshoot quality, production, price and lead times issues.
•    Manage cost engineering to achieve cost targets and negotiate with suppliers as necessary.
•    Develop product in collaboration with design and merchandising to ensure style details align with vendor capabilities and requirements; including minimums and lead times. 
•    Meet with prospective factories to review capabilities and new market innovations. Meet with existing vendors seasonally to review performance, protocol and operational issues.
•    Review and resolve quality issues, minimizing defects.
•    Ensure legal and ethical compliance of all product through appropriate communication, testing and auditing. Work closely with legal counsel to ensure proper compliance. 
•    Monitor invoices, debit notes, chargeback and work orders submitted to and from suppliers.
•    Manage the communication of all routing instructions and documents (for direct shipments) to vendors, brokers, merchandise tracking and NJ DC. 
•    Maintain duty and freight tables staying aware of relevant custom changes that can affect product categories.
•    Negotiate pricing, terms and deliveries with customers as well as damages and discounts as necessary.
•    Ensure data integrity for assigned product categories and accounts. 
•    Track all showroom and salesman samples to ensure placement is timely, meeting the delivery targets.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
•    Manage cost/retail structure to achieve margin goals both internally and for our partners.

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
•    Maximize sales through close working relationships with accounts, excellent product knowledge and accurately completing and sending in orders.
•    Maintain close relationship with customer service, order processing and accounting to assist in credit. Information, order adjustments, cancellations, extensions, etc. for designated accounts.
•    Actively prospect customers and seek new business opportunities. 
•    Work with customers on product direction, development of seasonal programs, etc.
•    Handle account related paperwork and follow-up calls.
•    Review and develop/update monthly projections with Managing Director.
•    Inform customer service of changes regarding customer orders.
•    Provide specific sales information as needed.
•    Back up other associates when needed.


QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Design, Business, Fashion or related field and 2- 4 years of related experience preferred.
•    Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.
•    Excellent organization and time management skills; detail oriented.
•    Ability to effectively prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
•    Ability to build strong, productive relationships as a salesperson, buyer and teammate.
•    Strong negotiation skills.
•    Excellent understanding of product development and manufacturing process.
•    Strong ability to understand brands.
•    Comprehensive understanding of retail math.
•    Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
•    Experience with a PLM system preferred.
•    Demonstrates all Echo principles.

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*OLD, OUTDATED JOB REQUIREMENTS* :

Hi Mary Kate and Amanda

Our PD Mgr. that has been commuting from PA since they moved  a few months ago when her husband accepted a job offer there, has decided to leave Echo due to commuting and having a 3 year old son. 

Can you see if you can help us fill this position. 

See job description attached.

$70-75K salary
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COMPANY:  Echo Design, Inc.
Echo Design is a New York City based, industry leader in the design, marketing and distribution of fashion and home accessories. Our products range from scarfs and wraps, cold weather mufflers, hats and gloves, swimwear, beach cover-ups, and handbags, to a full line of licensed home products including bedding, bath, window, fabrics, rugs, wallpaper, and dinnerware. 

JOB TITLE: PRODUCT MANAGER
FUNCTION: REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
The Product Development Manager will interact closely with Design, Customers, and Suppliers. He/She will be responsible for managing the day to day functions in product development including sourcing, costing, product management and sample follow-up. He/She will be exposed to various aspects of customer- facing activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
MANAGEMENT
•    Manage the assigned product development and drive sourcing, costing, innovation, data integrity, product quality, speed to market and social compliance.  Take initiative on research and development to create growth opportunities.
•    Manage time and action calendar for appropriate categories/brand, keeping the process and team constantly moving toward its goals.
•    Manage and mentor direct report(s) to achieve long term success.
•    Collaborate with merchandising and design on all corporate objectives.
•    Manage customer relationships with Product Director to maximize sales and profitability.
o    Act as key liaison on specific accounts.
o    Grow sales through relationship building and account management. 
•    Manage vendor matrix in conjunction with Product Director, identifying and leveraging strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats:
o    Leverage mills with all divisions to maximize productivity.
o    Coordinate vendor visits and research new suppliers.
o    Driver vendor performance through monthly report cards, rebate incentives, chargeback management etc.
o    Edit peripheral sourcing to grow key partnerships for efficiencies in both cost, production and delivery speed.
•    Manage salesman samples from ordering to on time delivery to the DC. Work closely with merchandising to ensure all market samples are photographed on time and delivered to all parties by the calendar deadline.
•    Establish seasonal sourcing strategies with Product Director to meet all financial goals.
•    Drive innovation in conjunction with Product Director. 
•    Communicate regularly with suppliers to proactively manage issues and minimize disruptions to the business. Emails must be addressed within 1 business day with all suppliers and internal partners. 
•    Data Integrity – Ensure thorough and accurate product date

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
•    Oversee all product development, sourcing, costing and production, ensuring that customer requirements and specifications are met, on time and in order.
o    Research: fabrics, product, resources, countries.
o    Drive innovation: technique, fabrics, yarns, process.
o    Ensure competitiveness: retail and wholesale competitors in all channels.
o    Drive costing: achieve best value/cost from all supplies.
o    Manage sourcing: minimums, lead times, currency, costs, and national instabilities.
•    Troubleshoot quality, production, price and lead times issues.
•    Manage cost engineering to achieve cost targets and negotiate with suppliers as necessary.
•    Develop product in collaboration with design and merchandising to ensure style details align with vendor capabilities and requirements; including minimums and lead times. 
•    Meet with prospective factories to review capabilities and new market innovations. Meet with existing vendors seasonally to review performance, protocol and operational issues.
•    Review and resolve quality issues, minimizing defects.
•    Ensure legal and ethical compliance of all product through appropriate communication, testing and auditing. Work closely with legal counsel to ensure proper compliance. 
•    Monitor invoices, debit notes, chargeback and work orders submitted to and from suppliers.
•    Manage the communication of all routing instructions and documents (for direct shipments) to vendors, brokers, merchandise tracking and NJ DC. 
•    Maintain duty and freight tables staying aware of relevant custom changes that can affect product categories.
•    Negotiate pricing, terms and deliveries with customers as well as damages and discounts as necessary.
•    Ensure data integrity for assigned product categories and accounts. 
•    Track all showroom and salesman samples to ensure placement is timely, meeting the delivery targets.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
•    Manage cost/retail structure to achieve margin goals both internally and for our partners.

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
•    Maximize sales through close working relationships with accounts, excellent product knowledge and accurately completing and sending in orders.
•    Maintain close relationship with customer service, order processing and accounting to assist in credit. Information, order adjustments, cancellations, extensions, etc. for designated accounts.
•    Actively prospect customers and seek new business opportunities. 
•    Work with customers on product direction, development of seasonal programs, etc.
•    Handle account related paperwork and follow-up calls.
•    Review and develop/update monthly projections with Managing Director.
•    Inform customer service of changes regarding customer orders.
•    Provide specific sales information as needed.
•    Back up other associates when needed.


QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Design, Business, Fashion or related field and 2- 4 years of related experience preferred.
•    Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.
•    Excellent organization and time management skills; detail oriented.
•    Ability to effectively prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
•    Ability to build strong, productive relationships as a salesperson, buyer and teammate.
•    Strong negotiation skills.
•    Excellent understanding of product development and manufacturing process.
•    Strong ability to understand brands.
•    Comprehensive understanding of retail math.
•    Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
•    Experience with a PLM system preferred.
•    Demonstrates all Echo principles.