PRODUCT DEVELOPER, MANCHESTER

Ricky Jennings
07/05/2021

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Main Accountabilities:

  • To manage the execution of styles from concept to launch.
  • Attend and contribute at design direction meeting , bringing newness and creative ideas to the team.
  • To stick to the critical path with the product team, to execute a well-balanced and commercial range plan. Ensure all timelines are met including tech packs and sample deadlines.
  • Bring to market, world class, fit for purpose product, built and engineered to Represent standards.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day design and development operational tasks, to deliver the goals and objectives as set by the Head of Menswear – in line with the company vision. 
  • Independently plan and organise allocated workload . To ensure that all tech-packs are of the highest standard and can be accurately translated by the factory into the best quality 1st Proto’s.
  • Co-ordinate daily communication with all suppliers.
  • Attend key style capitals for any fabric trade fairs and visit key stores and brands. To be aware of brand adjacencies and key trends.
  • To interact frequently with the factories (& fabric mills) ideally through site visits or video meetings. Inspect key Health and Safety aspects of the supplier Manual during factory visits.
  • To prioritize sustainable fabrics , trims and packaging , where possible.
  • Help to assess and appraise each factory on a regular basis and feed this back to Production Manager and Head of Menswear.
  • Be confident that the current supply base is compliant and transparent.
  • Provide technical skills and expertise to ensure that all garments are fit for purpose.
  • Ability to understand, recommend, and execute commercial construction solutions
  • Collaborate with Head of Menswear on new fabric, trim and logo developments.
  • Work closely with Creative Director and Head of Menswear to deliver quality products, against target margins whilst maintaining Design aesthetics.
  • Expertly create Tech Packs and BOM’s with high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Attend fit sessions and proto reviews
  • Identify styles that require wear testing, and co-ordinate accordingly
  • Identify opportunities to promote agility within product development team particularly with any direct reports
  • Analyse wearer trial results (where appropriate – e.g. 247) , formulating action points to present to the rest of the team
  • Maintain & update the sample tracker report- accuracy is critical.

Key skills:

  • Collaborative, non- political approach
  • Appropriate qualification in apparel sector or equivalent work experience 
  • Substantial experience working in Product Development function
  • Experience working with global Activewear / Sportswear apparel brands
  • Excellent garment construction and engineering skills
  • Sound understanding of fabrics
  • Knowledge of pattern making an advantage but not essential
  • Demonstrate a pro-active approach to problem solving
  • Flexible and open to evolving business needs and priorities
  • Strong commercial awareness with an ability to identify risk and confidently provide solutions
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Extensive knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Adobe Illustrator
  • Ability to analyse Costing Bom’s and offer viable solutions and ideas
  • Hands on when required. Be prepared to assist at all levels
  • Target prices

Experience:

  • 2 x years Design & Development experience.
  • A passion for menswear design and the branded market.
  • A relevant degree.
  • Travelled to factories and key style capitals.
  • Excellent garment construction knowledge

You might have:

  • Sportswear or branded apparel experience.
  • Knowledge and passion for sustainability.

We would ideally like you to:

  • Flexible and open to evolving business needs and priorities
  • Own the role and make things happen.
  • Strong commercial awareness with an ability to identify product risk and confidently provide solutions
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Love Product!
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