Product Development Associate, Women's Wovens, LA

Vince Holding Corp. Los Angeles, CA
Overview

Luxe yarns and a minimalist aesthetic have defined the Vince heritage since the brand's inception in 2002. Designed in California and crafted using innovative fabrications and techniques, Vince infuses urban utility and modern sensibility into signature, luxury fundamentals. From its edited core collection of ultra-soft cashmere knits and cotton tees, Vince has evolved into a global lifestyle brand and destination for both women's and men's apparel and accessories. Vince is headquartered in New York City and operates 41 full-price retail locations, 14 outlet stores and its e-commerce site, vince.com.

Vince is searching for talent to contribute to the future development of the brand who have passion, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. As a company, we are committed to offering our employees a challenging and rewarding work environment, opportunities for growth and development, a customer focused culture, a community to "give-back", and competitive pay and benefits.

Organizational Structure:

The Product Development Associate, Women's Wovens reports directly to the Product Development Manager.

Responsibilities

* Partner with Design to ensure products are executed with design specifications. Ensure Development execution is in accordance with the Mill / Vendor Brand strategy.

* Partner with Raw Materials team to allocate and track yardage, raw materials, and trims.

* Responsible for design based initiatives: managing the development calendar/timelines to ensure accuracy in the approval process and meeting all deliverables: level set priorities with cross-functional teams accordingly.

* Continuously communicate to all team members on, timing, calendar, product updates, approvals, and issues.

* Counter-source and provide options to design where necessary to ensure global margin goals are attainable for production execution.

* Anticipate and identify any potential obstacles in the development process and facilitate the effective resolution of issues by partnering with cross functional teams.

* Identify and maintain seasonal development metrics using global line plans. Responsible for maximum style/cc development ratios at the category level and also managing Design capacity

* Partner with Sourcing, Production teams for challenges and issues while maintaining brand standards.

* Partner with Production Teams and Allocate design prototypes based on mill/vendor strategies

* Manage data on linesheets to ensure integrity and accuracy of the information

* Execute and deliver on assigned seasonal pipeline department activities:

* Issuing development PO's

* Requesting, tracking, reviewing both PROTO & SMS costing

* Tracking Labdips and Maintaining Standards/Approval Library

* Tracking All prototypes

* Tracking and Allocating SMS raw materials and ensuring color/material standards have been met.

* Dual Costing/Counter-sourcing

* Managing deadlines and logistics of ALL markets SMS

* Responsible for Style Detail Handover to Production: color, quality, trim, samples.

* Communicate and direct seasonal design development calendar, product development, price requirements and needs to Vendors

* Manage sample room handoff and workflow for fits, proto's, SMS remakes/fixes based on priorities which includes timing & fabric in factory dates.

Qualifications

* Degree in Merchandising/Product Development, Design or equivalent years of experience

* Must have five (4) years of experience in product development, design or production in garment manufacturing

* Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural and high paced environment

* Ability to partner cross functionally and build strong working relationships with respect

* Exceptionally strong problem solving and negotiating skills

* Strong verbal and written communication skills, including meeting facilitation and process implementation

* Demonstration of a high level of organization in the product development process

* Strong experience in use of programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook

* Strong ability to be proactive and prioritize

* Solution oriented and strong initiative

* Results oriented, willingness to go above and beyond

Compensation

The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive compensation package which may include short and/or long term incentives, clothing allowance, and merchandise discount, in addition to base salary and full health and welfare benefits.

Vince strives to maintain a diverse workplace and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.

Vince is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V