Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc.

  • Product Development Manager - Men's Denim & Hard Wovens

    Country – State – City US-CA-Los Angeles
    Job ID
    23153
    Location: Company
    Corporate Lucky Office - Santa Fe
    Category
    Product Development - Apparel
  • 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 Product Development Manager is responsible for effectively managing the denim development process with key stake holders to consistently deliver production-ready garments that meet quality, design intent and financial goals.

    • Direct seasonal proto and SRS strategy
      • Negotiate with factories on critical order/production specifications, e.g. delivery date
      • Manage time & action process to maintain calendar adherence to activities and key milestones
        • Ensure adherence to calendar
        • Oversee the raw materials physical properties testing
        • Manage SRS ordering and tracking process
        • Ensure Design initiates the proto tracking tool
    • Manage product integrity and order specification compliance (including lab dips, dye lots, washing effect, hand feel and shade bands, etc)
    • Monitor on-time delivery of protos and SRS
    • Attain 100% On Time SRS delivery
    • Ensure updates and maintains costing sheets as product changes occur
    • Ensure that denim fabrics, colors and garment components are being assessed according to the quality requirements
    • Liaise with denim mills, vendors to provide technical advice and give direction for problem solving
    • Manage fabric reservation process, confirm fabric and trim are available for proto development
    • Develop the production placement plan & manage fabric reservations in conjunction with production team
    • Support negotiations with denim production team so target prices are achieved
    • Support and provide information to 3 year plan
    • Manage liability fabric, ensure development into those fabrics
    • Oversee, maintain and report cost, delivery and quality KPIs for developed goods
    • Develops and refines sourcing strategy and allocation plan according to category needs with production team
    • Attend Concept, Proto Review and Adoption meetings

    Research

    • Attend tradeshows to learn new denim technologies and processes
    • Leverage trade tools (www) to stay updated with trends etc
    • Identify new factories or expand facilities of existing factory base in the growing countries

    • Maintain up-to-date on all industry trends and foresee new product opportunities

    • Research and develop feasible fabrics to meet design intent

    • Research wash and trim capabilities identify what is new in the market

    Communication

    • Elevate and communicate high-risk potential order problems and issues, as appropriate
    • Promote collaboration, communication, and teamwork within the brand between Merchandising, Product Development, Production, and Design
    • Set up training to improve technical skill set across all functions

    Qualifications

    • A technical education in Textile Science or Fashion Design, Product Development or related subject
    • Bachelor's degree and 6+ years product development experience in denim/wovens apparel required. At least 1-2 years previous management experience 
    • Background may also include a production and/or sourcing background, experience in design, merchandising, sourcing, or technical design
    • Strong Textile Knowledge [Denim preferred -  Wovens, Knits]
    • Detail oriented with ability to multitask
    • Thorough understanding of apparel product development
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office                                                           
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills                                                                         
    • Strong negotiation skills                                                                     
    • Strong team orientation                                                                    
    • Proficient in yarn, fabric, and finishing across multiple substrates
    • Ability to travel ~25% of time
    • Able to adapt to a fast pace ever changing environment

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