Tory Burch

  • Manager, Product Development - RTW Sweaters

    Job Location US-NY-New York
  • About Us

    Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its Chairman, CEO and Designer, Tory Burch. The collection, known for color, print and eclectic details, includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, home and beauty. Art, music, travel, interiors and the designer’s own stylish parents are inspirations for the collection.

    Our company launched in February 2004 with a single boutique on what was then a remote street in downtown Manhattan. Today, we are a global brand with a presence in more than 50 countries, but in many ways we are only just beginning. There is so much we want to do!

    Brand integrity, global inspiration and beautiful products are integral to who we are as a company and what we have accomplished to date. Our incredible team is an equally important part of the equation. We believe that each of our employees play a vital role in our continuing efforts to grow and evolve.

    Overview

    The Product Development Manager RTW Sweaters will lead the development of the RTW product focusing on sweater styles as a key liaison between the teams of design, production, merchandising, tech, and overseas offices + vendors for Sweater categories.  PD Manager will maintain support on large scale, fast moving seasonal developments adhering to an operation timeline catered to the nuanced needs of yarns / sweater product while focused on efficient leadership across RTW Sweaters. Responsible for monitoring and communicating out to cross functional teams on timeliness, requirements, accuracy and execution throughout product lifecycle - from development of yarns/ knitdowns / samples through to bulk production. Reports to Senior Manager of RTW PD and Production, Knits & Sweaters.

    Responsibilities

    Development Management

    • Close partnership and daily communication alongside Design/ Merch / Tech teams
    • Spearhead recurring calendar meetings with Design / Tech teams to pre-empt deadlines / plan workload in order to ensure calendar adherence
    • Responsible for vendor allocation strategy; advising factory allocation at yarn ordering / knitdown stage and also at sampling and bulk stages where applicable 
    • Oversee Assistant in initiating / utilize style tracker/ BOM tracker tool, keeping track of style details/ count / streamlined communication with overseas, to be maintained throughout product life cycle from conception to production
    • Attend all TP handoffs with design / tech and call out garment construction / cost / timing concerns
    • Lead video calls with overseas/vendors to address concerns / problem solve collaboratively
    • Oversee Assistant in creation / maintenance/ sending of Bill of Materials to overseas, from development through to bulk production
    • Handle daily communication with overseas offices, outside vendors domestically and internationally and internal offices to answer questions, solve problems, maintain processes and keep teams aligned on calendar
    • Review yarns with raw material/design teams alongside mainline PD to troubleshoot any potential yarn issues on quality, leadtime, pricing, testing
    • Review trim/embellishment alongside Trim/Embellishment teams to understand costing of components and cost for what is affordable from bulk to show. Responsible to estimate cost as part of garment.
    • Review prints with print and design teams alongside mainline PD to troubleshoot any possible prints that will need larger screens/possible borders and implications on costing of garments for YY
    • Partner with color team to ensure yarn labdip approvals are on track and align on sub yarn qualities / colors. Responsible to initiate labdip requests for any counter yarn options

    Vendor sourcing

    • Manage direct vendor relationships with international/domestic vendors with ability to work through the nuances of each relationship and maintain them effectively
    • Oversee the onboarding process of potential new factories, partnering with Compliance, Quality teams
    • Plan / meet with vendor representatives to foster vendor relationships. Schedule frequent calls with overseas vendors to review deliverables, address concerns, pre-empt risk. 

    Costing

    • Troubleshoot costing concerns throughout product lifecycle – from yarn selection stage to sampling (and bulk if necessary), and proactively suggest and trigger counter cost options in yarns or construction, working closely with factories to trial options
    • Effectively handle garment / material cost negotiations, provide cost targets, propose cost options for vendors to work on
    • Responsible to estimate costing based on garments and knitdowns
    • Hold costing reviews with Design/Merchants/Production teams. Communicate any at risk styles for IMU during development calendar accordingly
    • Work with Design on layouts of embellishments/embroideries/prints to see if workable with margins and if not, suggestions and cost alternatives to be in alignment
    • Work with raw material team and merchants to review yarn costs and flag potential cost concerns as well as development/testing concerns

    Fittings

    • Responsible to attend proto, SMS and production fittings and capture/alert to teams changes and implications to cost, aesthetic and delivery
    • Responsible to adhere to fitting protocol and manage teams in fittings to stay on track to calendar, notes discussed in Tory reviews and design comments
    • Troubleshoot, problem solve and suggest “best practices” of construction details while maintaining company aesthetic, cost margins and deliverables
    • Partner with Tech / Production to ensure fit sample turnaround adhere to calendar and on time delivery 

    Metric Reporting

    • Maintain and manage style tracker to capture adoption rates for styles at style level and pattern level
    • Report adoption rates seasonally at proto and SMS stages
    • Report and track Development numbers at Tech Pack pass off stages
    • Adhere to calendar deadlines and communicate when calendar or development is at risk 

    Production

    • Maintain close partnership with Production to recap and align on style details as they relate to costing & timing, to ensure a seamless transition from development into bulk production
    • Partner with production department regarding T&A and production calendar deliverables throughout calendars
    • Oversee PO creation / maintenance and other SAP system updates managed by Production
    • Oversee the updating of bulk projections, between Merch and oversea vendors, managed by Production
    • Oversee the ordering of SMS / PR / Global Sample orders managed by Production
    • Partner with Production and other respective teams to address any Testing, Quality, Audit, Inspection, Logistics, Customs issues
    • Partner with Merch and raw material teams to keep track of yarn liability from different vendors and strategize ways to utilize
    • Spearhead/maintain greige yarn booking initiatives/ keep informed on yarn price trends 

    Management of PD Assistant

    • Train and develop assistant further in areas of development management, costing, fittings, adoption rates, and Sample tracking
    • Oversee assistant in all daily work, projects and communication.
    • Work with assistant to foster a trusting relationship of support and training and hold reviews bi yearly.
    • Challenge, encourage and motivate assistant
    • Work with assistant to maintain general organization of information and physical samples / knitdowns / references etc. 

    Process and System work

    • PDM (Product Database Management)- strong system usage of a product management system (any previous). Will be responsible to attend monthly meetings of PDM releases and become a seasoned user
    • OPTITEX- closely work with our Optitex system in NYPR for costing tools, cutters must, embellishment layouts, print placements, markers, etc.
    • Spearhead process recaps with cross functional teams regarding ways to streamline challenged areas
    • Manage invoices (approving, coding, work with accounting)

    Qualifications

    • High School Education accepted; Bachelor Degree preferred
    • 6-7 years of experience within Industry, including at least 4 year’s experience in product development with a sweater focus. Preferred Manager level is 2 years
    • Proficient technical knowledge of sweater construction, yarn and garment leadtimes / calendar, costing, testing/ quality.
    • Experience working with local and oversea manufacturing, in particular Sweater/yarn vendors
    • Demonstrated proficiency within Microsoft applications
    • Proficiency in software similar to Web PDM

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