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VP of Product Development

Company: Apparel & Fashion Products, New York, NY
Location: New York
Posted on: February 15, 2018

Job Description:

Primary Purpose: The VP, Product Development, Women's Leathergoods is responsible for leading the operational strategy and execution of all Company Women's Leathergoods from proto-sample development through handoff to the production team in Asia.The VP leads the product development and commercialization process working in close collaboration with all of the internal and external cross functional partners from Design to Merchandising, Materials Quality, and with the Asia production teams as well as factory/service provider partners to deliver the collection. The VP is accountable to deliver the collection, consistent with Design's aesthetic vision, on time and with a strong focus on meeting the business requirements for margin, quality and timelines. The successful individual will leverage their proficiency to... Lead the development and execution of the short and long-term operational strategies for Company Women's Leathergoods to drive the process from sampling through production handoff. Partner with Design and Merchandising teams to understand the seasonal collection strategy and priorities to develop the execution strategy that meets the business requirements. Collaborate with the Design, Merchandising global partners to execute designs/concepts, produce styles, ensure aesthetic intentions and execute all protos during the product design lifecycle. Partner with global teams to maintain product integrity with respect to quality, construction and aesthetic. Partner with Design to identify, evaluate and eliminate all technical risks with regard to construction wear. Drive the seasonal product development timeline with cross-functional partners including scheduling of milestone meetings and facilitating collaborative sessions. Own all aspects of supplier allocation, sample development, fitting, engineering, commercialization, procurement, production and quality of raw materials and finished goods. Create efficient, scalable processes to effectively manage the overlapping seasons. Ensure good communication, fluidity and alignment with Design and Merchandising. Participate in all cross functional meetings representing development and production point of view and insights to ensure aesthetic intent, quality, margins and calendar deadlines are met. Drive efficiency of the sampling and production process within suppliers to ensure on time delivery. Own costing of Company Women’s Leathergoods and partner with Merchandising to drive margin targets and analysis required to inform pricing and product mix decisions. Hire, develop, retain, lead and motivate the Company Women's Leathergoods Product Development team to support aggressive corporate growth goals. Design, determine and improve information tools in partnership with IS department. The accomplished individual will possess... Bachelor's Degree plus 15+ years of Development and Production experience in accessories and/or leathergoods working with product from concept through execution. Strong product sense, acute understanding of the marketplace, proven experience combined with an analytical, strategic mind. The ability to grasp and enrich the Company lifestyle brand vision. Seasoned forward-thinking leader with proven abilities to successfully execute a start-up organization and bring product to market in a timely cost effective manner. Proven leadership and managerial experience that includes both developing a team and individuals. Confident leader with a strong presence, proven influencing and negotiating skills - both internally and externally. A courageous individual who will take ownership of his/her decisions and guide and push back in a diplomatic manner even when faced with dissenting points of view. Knows how to influence creative effectively while maintaining a strong partnership. Moves easily from strategic to tactical and back. An outstanding professional will have... Ability to establish strong credibility & influence with team, business partners, and cross-functional partners Capacity to analyze, compile and manage highly detailed data An eye for product details and sense of style Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues at an early stage Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Cross-cultural sensitivity High level of organizational skills (including: detail orientation and strong follow-up/follow through skills) Capable of evaluating and changing priorities on an as-needed basis Must be able to perform efficiently within a fast paced team environment

Keywords: Apparel & Fashion Products, New York, NY, New York, VP of Product Development, Executive, New York, New York

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