Production Manager - Men's Shirts

American Eagle New York, NY
POSITION SUMMARY:

Manage information for development of new styles from concept to production via interaction with internal and external cross functional partners.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Fabric

* Partner with Design on initial development

* Oversee raw material development to meet price, aesthetic, and quality needs

* Ensure raw materials are executable; consider fabric platforming possibilities

* Oversee raw materials testing and creation and maintenance of raw materials library

Product Development

* Partner with Design to drive trends/concepts to executable samples

* Work with Design to select fabrics and trims to meet Design aesthetics, price points, and quality needs

* Manage compliance to T&A calendar in conjunction with major milestones

* Manage development ratios to agreed to levels while meeting roadmap needs

* Formulate sourcing strategy by partnering with Production Director before placing sample request in overseas factories

* Allocate samples and source raw materials from appropriate factories and mills

* Actively participate in key milestone meetings with Design, Production, and Merchants

* Work on alternative solutions so garments meet cost requirements from initial thru final costing

Production

* Facilitate and lead cross-functional interaction to drive decision making process, remove road blocks and bring resolution. Attend the following key meetings to facilitate and drive toward resolution: CFT, QA touch base and TOP Review

* Execute sourcing strategy at a seasonal level; Own, monitor and manage factory allocation; Elevate concerns and issues to supervisor as needed; Forecast and hindsight Vendor / Agent capacity and capabilities

* Manage external partners' relationships by communicating and partnering with them on: Seasonal allocation strategy; production, product or costing challenges, initiatives or issues; factory loading / capacity planning

* Manage internal partners' relationships by communicating and partnering with them on: seasonal IMU goals, volume, air budget and trigger strategy; seasonal allocation strategy and booking calendar; costing and TNA challenges as well as production or product issues

* Own seasonal costing activities encompassing: Securing and communicating IMU goals to team; reviewing and analyzing costs identifying opportunities for improvement and taking action based on IMU results; elevating costing issues to supervisor and executing to direction; communicating IMU results to cross functional partners; confirming costing at style level

* Enforce that TNA calendar and seasonal milestones are being met and elevate issues to supervisor as needed

* Review escalated PSR issues and determine action steps which may include: Giving direction to coordinator to execute, reaching out to Vendor / Agent to work on solutions and / or escalating to supervisor

* Visit facilities to monitor production, evaluate capacity and compliance as needed

* Train and develop designated production staff

* Ensure initiatives, tools and systems are being implemented and maintained. Monitor use of systems over time

* Perform other duties as required

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business, or equivalent

* 5+ years related experience

* Ability to efficiently prioritize multiple tasks for department members

* Must possess negotiation skills

* Capable of training, developing and managing team

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.