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Product Development & Sourcing Assistant

08/12/2021

The Product Development and Sourcing Assistant for Apparel, Footwear and Leather categories will closely collaborate with Design to ensure the completion of garments is executed from concept through production with the highest quality, on time deliverables 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 through to production which includes ensuring brands are on calendar. This is a permanent full time role for a candidate who truly understands the industry standard product development lifecycle as well as being 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.

  • Own product flow concept – TOP for multiple seasons at a time
  • Communicate daily with manufacturers to ensure product specifications, quality standards and deadlines are met specific to the apparel, shoes and leather categories
  • Responsible for creating vendor and company line sheets and making all appropriate changes throughout the season as well as distributing accordingly
  • 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 as well as allocating to good/better/best cost matrix
  • Assist in cost negotiations, FOB approvals and retail parameters according to company cost matrix to maintain target margins across categories
  • Problem solve with issues when they do arise cross functionally 
  • Assist in material sourcing when needed and ensure all sourced materials are coming with a cost, MOQ and lead time to ensure materials are workable for the season.
  • Act as liaison between Planning and Design to ensure fabric MOQs and price per yard are within targets and no liability is accrued
  • Responsible for requesting all lab dips and strike offs for apparel as well as tracking lab dips and strike offs for on time approval
  • Update and maintain development WIP reports across all categories and multiple seasons simultaneously as it relates to requests, tracking all samples from 1st proto to TOP’s, submits and approvals of all lab dips and strike offs as well as submits and approvals of mocks, wash submits, and trims to ensure vendor and corporate calendar deliverables are met through all development stages
  • Responsible for ordering all salesman samples by issuing an SMS PO to all vendors across categories as well as tracking all SMS to ensure on time for all photoshoot deadlines and wholesale markets 
  • Work with planning team to create and assign skus for all products developed at Able
  • Independently own calendar deadlines across all divisions
  • Independently communicate and troubleshoot issues with vendors
  • Responsible for creating reports requested by the Product Development Manager for vendors or cross functional reporting internally
  • Be the main point of contact and communicator between all cross-functional departments: Planning, Merchandising, Design, Tech, Supply Chain and Marketing
  • Support the Product Development Manager in evolving PD processes and leading workshops/training initiatives across cross functional departments
  • Complete ad-hoc tasks and assignments as directed by management
  • Creates and maintains development and production binders per season for each category
  • Organize and maintain fabric and trim library for apparel and leather
  • Responsible for keeping PLM 100% updated with sample stages as well as costing
  • Assisting in new vendor sourcing, vetting and onboarding per the need of the business.  Help to create a comfortable vendor rolodex for Able across all categories

Competencies: 

 To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Strong understanding of costing and production lead times
  • Comprehend all stages of the product development lifecycle and 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 problem solving skills
  • Strong project management and decision making skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Wears many different hats-no task is too big or too small
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and strong knowledge of how to delegate
  • Deadline focused, goal driven and extremely organized
  • Must be able to thrive in a fast paced environment while following an ever evolving calendar

 Minimum Qualifications: 

  • 2-3+ years’ experience in similar role
  • Experience working with Apparel, Shoes or Accessories
  • 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.  

To apply, email jobs@livefashionable.com with your resume & cover letter