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Product Developer & Production Manager

The role —

Reporting directly to the Founder & Creative Director, the Product Developer & Production Manager will manage product categories from initial concept and follow this through to production and delivery (full product life cycle).

As an integral part of small but fast-growing team, you will work closely with the design, tech & management teams to deliver innovative and high-quality product offering for the brand.

Responsibilities:

Product Development

  • Working closely with the design team developing products needed for the range and business whilst ensuring products are within KITRI standards, budget and margin
  • Implement the seasonal development critical paths, ensuring all deadlines are adhered to
  • Proactively sourcing and developing fabrics & trims according to the brief set out by the design team
  • Responsible for developing initial samples for selection & ordering press samples
  • Obtain initial costings from suppliers
  • Monitor the critical path and be proactively trouble shoot to ensure timely delivery
  • Responsible for managing sample spend against budget

Production

  • Sending out bulk product information to suppliers
  • Negotiating bulk prices and securing capacity based on final qty
  • Attending fit sessions and assisting Garment Tech in fits and follow up comments
  • Monitor and update critical path for weekly production meeting
  • Proactively deal with production issues and communicate cross departments ensuring timely delivery
  • Issue bulk production PO’s & general admin
  • Work closely with Garment Tech & QCs to ensure delivery of products within KITRI standards
  • Travel abroad to suppliers when required
The Ideal Candidate —

Work experience

  • 3+ years end-to-end product management experience in similar womenswear fashion brand
  • Demonstrable experience in building strong relationships with internal teams and external suppliers
  • Experience of making commercial decisions in line with business needs, whilst also considering best practice
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Global mindset and experience

Competencies and Skills

  • Passionate about product design and development
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work well autonomously and in a team
  • Excellent knowledge of fabrics, trims & apparel development and production
  • Highly organised, logical and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving abilities
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, high pressure working environment
  • Adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity and change, willing to learn
  • Good knowledge of Excel as a project planning and management tool 

If you are passionate about product and looking for experience in a growing (and fun!) fashion start up, then this is the role for you! Please apply with your CV and a covering letter, including your salary expectation and current notice period to haeni@kitristudio.com

We're always on the lookout for talented passionate people, so if you'd like to work at KITRI please drop us an email at help@kitristudio.com

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