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Product Development Manager

Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033

Post Date: 05/14/2018 Job ID: 95830 Job Category: Product Development

Title: PD Manager 

Company: Well known apparel company 

Location: Kenilworth NJ


  • Manage the assigned product development and drive sourcing, costing, innovation, data integrity, product quality, speed to market and social compliance.  Take initiative on research and development to create growth opportunities.
  • Manage time and action calendar for appropriate categories/brand, keeping the process and team constantly moving toward its goals.
  • Manage and mentor direct report(s) to achieve long term success.
  • Collaborate with merchandising and design on all corporate objectives.
  • Manage customer relationships with Product Director to maximize sales and profitability.
  • Manage vendor matrix in conjunction with Product Director, identifying and leveraging strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats:
  • Work closely with merchandising to ensure all market samples are photographed on time and delivered to all parties by the calendar deadline.
  • Establish seasonal sourcing strategies with Product Director to meet all financial goals.
  • Drive innovation in conjunction with Product Director.
  • Communicate regularly with suppliers to proactively manage issues and minimize disruptions to the business. Manage cost engineering to achieve cost targets and negotiate with suppliers as necessary.
  • Develop product in collaboration with design and merchandising to ensure style details align with vendor capabilities and requirements; including minimums and lead times.
  • Meet with prospective factories to review capabilities and new market innovations. Meet with existing vendors seasonally to review performance, protocol and operational issues.
  • Review and resolve quality issues, minimizing defects.
  • Maintain duty and freight tables staying aware of relevant custom changes that can affect product categories.
  • Negotiate pricing, terms and deliveries with customers as well as damages and discounts as necessary.
  • Ensure data integrity for assigned product categories and accounts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Design, Business, Fashion or related field and 5-7 of apparel PD experience
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills; detail oriented.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to build strong, productive relationships as a salesperson, buyer and teammate.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Excellent understanding of product development and manufacturing process.
  • Strong ability to understand brands.
  • Comprehensive understanding of retail math.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

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