URBN: Product Developer - URBN Community (Latrobe)
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Facilitates and executes Designs vision through sourcing brand appropriate fabric and trims, delivering 3D visualization for all styles, trouble shooting material, price, and delivery issues while supporting designs needs and business requirements. Collaborate with Brand Directors (BD) on sourcing strategy, development blueprint, and category calendar. Supervise and promote the development of team through mentoring and training.
Collaborate with BD to create category calendar. Required to manage and meet calendar deadlines measured by seasonal calendar actualization.
Attend Trend meeting to understand design intention and tone for the season. Collaborate with BD on category strategy outline based on Trend meeting.
Analyze and suggest necessary changes to merchants line plan and communicate expectations to the team. Responsible to improve adoption rates over specific time period and hit approved line plan style count measured by seasonal line plan actualization.
Create a strategy based on designs vision, business needs and hindsights including outline of travel and other required resources and setting of blueprint for the Sample Room and Allocation Plan report.
Develop and manage raw materials, research and development of all pre-style development including; pre-costing, fabrics, washes, mock-ups, drapes, tailoring bodies, trims and prints.
Attend Sketch Review meeting and clarify important style aspects and strategize on how to deliver design vision at the required price point.
Present to BD all pre-style and style development and to identify opportunities for corporate fabrics during Final Allocation review meeting.
Coordinate and facilitate team to deliver aesthetically correct samples that meet design vision.
Facilitate team to manage T&A proto tracking, physical sample management, management of fabric information, e.g. minimums, lead-times.
Attend Style-out meeting to determine which styles will be bought. Responsible to communicate costing (including options) and minimums based on collaboration with PDTD. Responsible to calculate and manage style-out IMUs.
Collaborate with team and BD as needed to provide final allocation to merchants once intent to buy has been communicated from merchants. Responsible to update any restyles/costing or delivery changes.
Transition responsibility for in-work styles from the front-end to the back-end during PD handover meeting. Including IMU roll, development, status, and production concerns.
Four (4) or more years of experience in an apparel product development role with strong knowledge of garment construction, global raw material procurement, and manufacturing.
Strong knowledge base in raw materials and wash techniques.
Extensive experience with Tradestone or other PLM system, strong skills with Microsoft Excel a must.
Must be deadline driven. The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills and is pro-active in his or her approach to problem solving.
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