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Apparel Product Development & Production Manager

Job title: Apparel Product Development & Production Manager
Contract type: Full-time
Location: New York
Discipline: Fashion
Remote: No
Salary: 100k - 150k
Reference: 438876
Contact name: Anthony Cooper
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Client Brief: 
Our client is a New York-based fashion retailer that combines elements of traditional streetwear, sport, and high-trend design. 

Role Overview:
This role is an on-site, full-time position. Our client is looking for a mid-level leader to oversee Product Development & Production by executing the creation of new apparel products while ensuring production is managed both domestically and internationally. 

Responsibilities Overview:

Product Development

  • Lead the product development process working alongside and reporting into the Creative Director.
  • Provide resources on fabric vendors, trim vendors, and factory management to ensure product development meets the design intent.
  • Review prototypes for quality, brand aesthetic, and design intent that meets minimum order quantities and follows line plan. 
  • Meet product development milestones and calendar due dates with pre-production tracking and reporting (prototype, color, sample yardage, testing, etc.) 
  • Set up and manage appointments with vendors and tradeshows.
  • Oversee and manage total product calendar and work cross-functionally to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Work closely with Director of Operations on costing to meet product margin goals and find solutions on ways to increase margin when needed.
  • Build key branding elements with trims to elevate and provide consistency across the assortment.


  • Build plan and operational process to manage production both domestically and internationally.
  • Develop products that are engineered to cost standards.
  • Negotiate with vendors through product lifecycle i.e. costing, time and action, minimums, etc. 
  • Manage factory leads to ensure product is delivered on time and to brand standards.
  •  Create, revise and manage tech packs and prototypes through accurate and timely PLM system updates. 
  • Lead production for both DTC and wholesale.
  • Oversee and manage logistics for wholesale to ensure vendor guidelines are met. 
  • Work closely with operational lead for wholesale and DTC on delivery logistics and timeline.
  • Provide margin opportunities for fabric development and factory placement.
  • Ensure short-lead time calendars are met to meet company business model and sustainability goals.

Qualifications Overview: 

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred 
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in product development, design or production in garment manufacturing. 
  • Knowledge of raw materials and garment construction. 
  • Experience working with domestic and international manufacturers. 
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiating skills 
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal, multi-task, and prioritization skills 
  • Ability to demonstrate capabilities through a costing exercise 
  • Proficiency in Excel and Outlook. 
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator and Product Lifecycle Management 


  • 100k - 150k DOE 
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