Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc.

  • Product Development Associate - Women's Soft Wovens

    Country – State – City US-CA-Los Angeles
    Job ID
    23086
    Location: Company
    Corporate Lucky Office - Santa Fe
    Category
    Administration - Other
  • Overview

    Lucky Brand is true blue American. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Lucky shipped its first pair of vintage-inspired jeans in 1990 and quickly became known as a pioneer and innovator in the world of modern denim. Synonymous with the easy Southern California lifestyle and the fearless American spirit, Lucky Brand creates great fitting, good quality, distinctively Lucky jeans and fashion that works with the American lifestyle. Our collections are carried at better department and specialty stores and over 200 of our company-owned stores across the U.S.A., as well as online at LuckyBrand.com. 

    Rooted in Americana, Lucky Brand is inspired by active Californian types like surfers, cowboys, artists, musicians, and photographers, as well as anyone who embodies our fun-loving, friendly vibe.


     


     

    Responsibilities

    The Associate Manager, Product Development assembles and coordinates the details of the seasonal product development process and helps a cross-functional team that includes Design, Merchandising and Production, to plan, create and execute product lines.


     



    • Keep track of all development reporting requirements including line plan analysis, timing and action tracking, calendar actualization, and developed versus adopted reports in order to achieve target adoption rate and improve the development process for future seasons

    • Research multiple fashion sources to stay current on emerging trends and identify the key trends to adapt them into wearable styles for assigned group

    • Assist in development of seasonal product strategies for category with Design, Merchandising and Production teams, including trend identification, color palette, concept, category, style, costing and pricing; balance key items/fashion/basics; track costing and retail pricing framework to maximize consumer value; record previous best sellers and application in current, trend-appropriate assortments

    • Assist in coordinating complete product development packages

    • Maintain seasonal costing templates

    • Present development sheets to the supervisor for approval and partner with vendors specifying what pieces are being required for product development

    • Acquire knowledge of development sheets and the material, color, and construction of pieces

    • Attend and take detailed notes at product review meetings, including edits, board review, pre-costing and post-season reviews, and fittings; track checklist of any or all legal requirements, including placement of goods in approved facilities

    • Enter data processes into various systems and ensure the integrity of the information

    • Perform any other support duties to ensure that product development activities meet timeline and quality goals set by the supervisor

    • Maintains on time development of product.

    • Monitors corporate calendar and tracks adherence to ensure timely turnover of development, receipt of proto and market samples.

    • Monitors calendar weekly to promote flow of designs and materials and takes corrective action to accelerate late development and issues that would cause delays. Updates management of items adversely affecting calendar.


    SOURCING:



    • Continually sources affordable, trend appropriate materials for use in line through direct supplier contact, tradeshows, factories, and agents. Visits retail and factories regularly to stay abreast of material and construction trends applicable to the brand.

    • Develops materials with suppliers based on design direction, within design esthetic and budget.

    • Supports sourcing alternate manufacturing venues to achieve design, production, product development, merchandising and financial strategies and to maintain a balanced factory base for adequate capacity and technique options.


    DEVELOPMENT:



    • Manage the flow of specs, proto, and sample materials for timely, accurate, and profitable execution of product designs.

    • Attends and participates in all concept, development, market and trend meetings for the brand.

    • Reviews and communicates style and material minimums and lead-times to PD Manager, Design and Merchandising

    • Track and review proto samples initial costing

    • Tracks all Line Adoption samples and SRS samples within time constraints. Update merchandising regularly on sample status.

    • Communicates daily with suppliers on development changes to specs, standards, and aids in interpreting design needs.

    • Schedules and tracks pre-production samples to ensure exact execution of final design spec.

    • Quantifies adoption rates for each category for review with management, merchandising, and design.

    • Set up excel cost charts and enter all proto/sample costing

    • Follow up and track all Lab dip, handloom, strike off, washing, after treatment and trim submits

    • Analyze plts (time and action calendars) with vendors and agents

    • Monitor early fabric commits

    • Collaborate on all chase orders

    • Maintains accurate costing sheets

    Qualifications


    • AA degree, Bachelors in Merchandising, Marketing, Design or similar preferred

    • 1-2 years of experience in Product Development or Buying preferred

    • Basic understanding of the production process and timing—costing/fabrication knowledge preferred

    • Ability to learn new order management systems (i.e. Full Circle)

    • Ability to proactively self-prioritize workflow to ensure deadlines are met in a fast paced, dynamic environment

    • Ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve

    • Collaborative team player

    • Strong written & verbal communication

    • Strong analytical and decision making skills

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with a strong emphasis on Excel 

    • Exceptional organization skills required

    • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator preferred

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