Reports to: Director, Product Development Purpose: The management of the pre-production and production stage of product development in an assigned product category in order to provide a consistent quality of product, superior margins through negotiation and alternative sourcing opportunities. Core Accountabilities: In conjunction with Product Manager, Manage the pre-production style changes, and approval calendar through team sign-off for each placed order Manage the pre-production approval process from turnover of tech packs to ensure delivery dates are maintained, via internal and external calendars Initiate proactive external communication with vendors to ensure the pre-production process is on schedule to ensure the timely shipment of orders Maintain communication with Designers and Buyers to accommodate last minute changes in response to fashion trends Present and maintain visibility of timeline for placement “calendar” by product category Manage the final approval process for warehouse flow and payment release Manage the on time quality delivery of merchandise Maintain Style/purchase/Order files, including accountability for PO revisions Monitor status of orders/shipping to ensure Delivery Exception report reflects correct dates and comments Achieve Company goals for seasonal inventory levels Achieve IMU targets with quality, floor ready merchandise In conjunction with Product Manager, sources product, negotiates production prices and place orders to insure IMU’s are exceeded Duplicate standardized tech packages for distribution to secondary vendors for competitive costing and dual sourcing Initiate proactive internal communication for changes impacting other areas of responsibility e.g. pre-ticketing, payments or ship dates. Performs other related duties as assigned Education/Experience Required: Denim experience required 4 year related Degree Minimum of 3 years of experience as an Assistant or Associate Product Manager in a corporate retail apparel environment Proficient MS Office skills AS400, Tradestone, WebPDM a plus Domestic and international sourcing experience Excellent oral and written communication skills Ability to work as a team member Keen sense of urgency Understanding of Domestic and International Sourcing Ability to work under pressure in an environment of constant shifting priorities and changes You can use www.workgrades.com to collect and manage your references for free and share them with us or anyone else you choose. Candidates with references are always preferred by our clients. Now is the most important time to stand out from the crowd.Create an account to see the full posting, access our search engine, and more.