Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications; classified as full-time salaried; exempt and not eligible for overtime.
Reports to: Jocelyn Gailliot, CEO & Co-Founder & September Votta, Co-Founder
Travel: May require domestic travel to New York, sourcing and trade shows, and may require international travel to vendor factories.
The Product Development Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of product development for Tuckernuck’s private label women’s apparel categories. This person will oversee apparel production and development. They will work closely with the designer and vendors to develop and execute product that meets the desired aesthetic and the pricing parameters. They will diversify the vendor mix by executing on the company’s sourcing strategy. The Product Development Manager is responsible for ensuring that all calendar and sample delivery dates are met and work cross-departmentally to resolve open issues.
- Understand the Tuckernuck customer and positioning in the marketplace;
- As a part of marketing position, Tuckernuck is committed to manufacturing and distributing superior product. Superior product is:
- merchandise that meets the lifestyle needs of the Tuckernuck consumer better than competing merchandise in the marketplace.
- merchandise that is authentic to the customer’s lifestyle and is authentically created by our team. All of our products will have the style, taste, quality and design to uphold our product standards.
- Know and appreciate the Tuckernuck customer. This includes understanding the taste, fashion, and lifestyle of the customer. Recognize why the customer purchases Tuckernuck merchandise instead of competing products. Translate this into new product developments that achieve the sales and margin goals.
- Develop product with authentic design that meets the needs of the consumer, aesthetic requirements and corporate margin goals in order to achieve total company net sales of the current year and subsequent year;
- Achieve total company net sales by design for private label apparel categories
- Work closely with the designer to develop product that meets the functional and quality needs of the consumer. This may include developing product with more than one resource and/or different pricing options to meet the desired aesthetic as well as margin goals. Product direction will be determined by the Founders but should be developed together with the Product Development Manager to meet corporate margin and delivery goals.
- The Product Development Manager is responsible for seeing the sampling process through the all sample stages. The goal is to have all styles production ready at the time the sample process is complete.
- Research new opportunities in the market and with vendor base;
- Research trends in the market and within our sourcing base to match factory capabilities with findings. This includes Trend & Sourcing shows, shopping the market, and factory development
- Develop product with vendor base within design’s vision to meet margin goals.
- Increase the vendor base by sourcing new vendors and factories that can execute products at the aesthetic level of the Tuckernuck brand within the margin targets.
- Allocation of styles to appropriate vendors;
- Develop appropriate seasonal sourcing strategy. This should include current vendors; their strengths and weaknesses, plans for new vendors.
- Select vendors and allocate styles based on vendors’ historical delivery and quality performance, competitive pricing and lead times, available capacity, and adherence to social compliance requirements.
- Manage all development stages of sampling and costing in order to pass off “production ready” garments;
- Manage the request of prototype samples, which should be done seasonally and ongoing as styles become identified, manage the communication and tracking of initial fit samples, manage the purchase order process, and manage overall communication process, track samples to manage the approval process and its effect on deliveries
- Request initial costing through the line sign off state, analyze cost worksheets and negotiate with garment price quotes with vendors, and achieve seasonal wholesale target margins.
- Prepare seasonal Production Calendars and review with the team prior to communication to agents/ vendors.
- Work with the Buying Coordinator to place purchase orders
- Training and development of staff.
- Five years of prior experience in production development or production for a women’s fashion branded lifestyle company.
- Ability to collaborate well with others coupled with specific experience in product development. Production experience is extremely helpful;
- Ability to develop new products with the conceptual thinking to avoid potential issues in garment construction and meet pricing parameters. A strong knowledge of woven and knit fabrics and garments is necessary;
- Strong knowledge of quality, make, and production integrity appropriate for Tuckernuck merchandise;
- Sound thinking necessary to accomplish detailed, complex tasks, as well as the ability to anticipate potential problems and provide effective solutions;
- Judgement to assess if a factory can effectively meet product development and production needs of the company;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills are required to communicate effectively with internal colleagues, management and vendors.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Tuckernuck team to make a difference.
- Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
- Find the Fun
- Stay Authentic
- Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Start Strong & Finish Strong
- Have Courage
Tuckernuck is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Tuckernuck policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, marital or veteran status, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member), sexual orientation, pregnancy, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.