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Freelance Manager Product Development & Sourcing

New York, NY 10022

Posted: 08/17/2018 Job Category: Product Development Job Number: 99712

Job Title: Freelance Manager Product Development & Sourcing, Table Top and Gifts, Home
Location: New York, NY

Start: September 1st

End: on-going


Manage product development from concept to delivery of product.


Product Development Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with Design and Merchandising on line plan; feasibility for design, target retails, and MOQ.
  • Work with design to understand, execute and communicate product specifications.
  • Attend PD / Design meetings and provide updates/advice to all team members on outstanding development.
  • Assign new product development to appropriate vendors and communicate design direction with tech packs and drawings as prepared by design.
  • Double source to ensure best quality and costs.
  • Follow up with vendors to track development, submit comments/revisions, samples, negotiate pricing, minimum quantities and lead times.
  • Enforce quality assurance standards with the vendors.
  • Negotiate with vendors to achieve desired COG.
  • Maintain the integrity and accuracy of the cost log and product development charts throughout the season.
  • Review costing with Sr. Director as necessary to help improve margins.
  • Work in PLM to load design packages, update and maintain information, sourcing configuration and costing.
  • Responsible for accurately recording and reporting standard cost in SAP.
  • Research and source compliant vendors for a wide range of materials and gift product categories through competitive research including the use of Panjiva and trade shows.
  • Understand and advise vendor capabilities to the teams.
  • Execute orders of development samples for design, merchandising and marketing through GFE+ and insure timely delivery.
  • Review top of production and submit to DC as a standard example for use during inspections.
  • Stay current with competitive market, new materials, innovation and costs.


Onboarding New Vendors

  • Conduct the onboarding of new vendors.
  • Review all paperwork and load on Sharepoint
  • Follow through with vendors on paperwork with compliance teams on status & outstanding needs.



  • Review new products with Production and work with them on buy challenges.
  • Manage initial production lead-times with vendors and report to Production.


Testing Compliance 

  • Ensure that all vendors enforce compliance protocols for their products.
  • Review new products with the Compliance and testing teams pro-actively to ensure all safety and performance issues are covered prior to production.
  • Review and Direct Testing team on challenges.


Skill Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years or more experience preferred
  • Tabletop/ Gift manufacturing experience preferred
  • Need to be highly detail oriented, thorough, accurate and dedicated to seeing a project through on time.
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve efficiently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated, independent worker who enjoys a fast paced dynamic work environment
  • Experience with Outlook, Excel, and Word required
  • Ability to read and understand tech drawings

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