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Leather Product Developer

Product Developer - Leather Goods

The Product Developer is responsible for delivering a collection consistent with Design's intent, while meeting the business requirements for margins, quality and timeliness.

Essential Functions


  • Collaborates cross functionally with Design, Marketing, Merchants and Production
  • Drives the sampling and production process to ensure on time delivery
  • Owns factory allocation for sampling and production
  • Manages creation of sample specs, tech packs and corrections
  • Partners with Technical Designer to communicate prototype corrections and approvals.
  • Works with Merchant on costing and price negotiation to drive margin targets
  • Communicates daily with overseas offices, factories and suppliers
  • Attends and organizes sample reviews
  • Manages overlapping seasonal deliverables


  • Manages seasonal preproduction calendar and schedules milestone meetings
  • Coordinates with Factories to manage spec and correction turnover within calendar to ensure timeliness in prototypes, SMS, and confirmation samples
  • Monitors calendar daily and involves management when delays jeopardize milestones.


  • Tracks approvals and procurement for raw materials and hardware
  • Monitors, tracks and reports on all requested prototypes and SMS
  • Maintains line tracking documents
  • Organizes and maintains material standards and component archive
  • Ensures PDM is up to date at all times, according to development calendar.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong understanding of costing and production lead times
  • Ability to evaluate and change priorities on an as needed basis
  • Excellent communication and project management skills
  • High level of organizational skills, including detail orientation and followup
  • Proven ability to bring product to market in a timely cost effective manner
  • Capacity to analyze, compile and manage highly detailed data
  • Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues
  • PDM/PLM software knowledge is a huge plus


Collaborative, SelfMotivated, Organized, Time Management/Follow Through

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