Associate, Product Development, Tory Sport

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
26 Feb 2021
22 May 2021

As a Tory Sport Product Development Associate, you are a critical cross-functional team member, pivotal in building aesthetically pleasing and quality authentic product while achieving financial goals.

Coordination of the product development process is performed by:
1.\tWorking to meet calendar deadlines to ensure the line delivers on time for both market and production handoff.
2.\tFostering cross-functional relationships to insure the product meets aesthetic, quality, and functional requirements.
3.\tPromoting the sourcing partner relationships to achieve divisional margin goals and key performance indicators.


  • Compiles, maintains, and reviews all BOMs and tech packs for accuracy, completeness, quality, affordability, and compliance prior to issuance
  • Maintains accurate product records in company systems at all times
  • Makes recommendations on design enhancements, construction, and material options geared at elevating our brand and hitting financial requirements
  • Resolves with counterparts any design that does not meet Design, Merchandising, Production or financial needs
  • Understands the technical function behind performance wear to communicate directly with suppliers on design aesthetic as well as work through costing alternatives
  • Coordinates with cross functional teams to manage tech pack and BOM turnover within calendar, development status, and final handoff to production
  • Fully accountable for accuracy in bulk production
  • Responsible for being the very first counterpart to review all prototypes and market samples to insure faithful execution to tech pack
  • Schedules, tracks, and reports on all requested prototypes and salesman samples
  • Schedules and tracks all pre-production samples and top of production samples to insure exact execution of final design
  • Awards business by allocating specs to factories that are advantageous to the brand for aesthetic, price, delivery, and execution while avoiding overdependence on any resource
  • Responsible for tagging, scanning, and distributing all SMS to the appropriate teams (fit, testing, Merch, Web, PR)
  • Facilitate websampletransfers to Digital Studios at the start of each Ecomm seasonand continue to do so as later or corrected SMS are received
  • Organizesamplereviews, communicate and note all product changes or retouching needs on Airtablefor Digital Team
  • Update all docs accordingly with sample changes to keep all teams up to date
  • Coordinate shares for fitsamples between PD team and digital studiosand/or PR

  • Endeavors to instill quality in the product from material selection thru final production
  • Reviews all components with an eye for quality and durability
  • Insures that all components and constructions used are compliant for performance and restricted substances in development
  • Tests questionable materials and treatments in development cycle to prevent a lapse in product flow in conjunction with fabric team
  • Inspects all products for customs compliance needs prior to production
  • Maintains accurate compliance records in the event of audit by applicable authorities in PDM

  • Manages calendar to ensure timely turnover of development, return of prototypes, and market samples and placement of final production
  • Monitors calendar daily to promote flow of development
  • Apprises and resolves calendar variances with supervisor

  • Communicates style/BOM/Tech Pack changes to the factories overseas on a day to day basis
  • Tracks, receives, and logs in all fit samples and paper patterns
  • Has full ownership of assigned product categories and responsible for organizing fittings/meetings with tech design when needed
  • Takes detailed fit and design notes in each and every fitting to insure proper fit and use of fabrics and trims
  • Assists Tech Design in fit comments and spec updates based on revisions made during fitting
  • Sends out pinned samples to the appropriate factories based on what was fit and what needs to be corrected
  • Advises Tech Design in pattern correcting and sending
  • Initiates the first product knowledge overview to the copy team which provides accurate website content and material
  • Proofreads and edits the final website copy before website launch
  • Receipt and timely facilitation of all sample approval submits from all sample factories to our Tech Design and Design partners
  • Responsible for accurate and efficient distribution of all incoming packages to the appropriate design and technical designers
  • Assist in preparing daily communication to all vendors regarding the timing and action of all programs in work
  • Attend and contribute to product development and calendar meetings as needed
  • Entry of various product development details in the PDM system or tracker reports
  • Works closely with Design and Production to resolve delivery and material issues affecting production
  • Support department functions and projects as needed
  • Works on other relevant projects as required by supervisor

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent life experience
  • Minimum 2-4 years in apparel product development and sample management

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Strong math and collaborative skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work in a fluid, fast-paced, multi-channel environment
  • Detail oriented and able to handle multiple tasks at once
  • Ability to partner between cross-functional departments and internal business partners
  • Proficiency with PDM / PLM
  • Proficiency with MAC, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Illustrator

  • Adaptable - Change before you have to
    • Changes course easily - Knows when to be patient and when to push - Works well in the gray - Shows grace under pressure - Owns mistakes and learns from them - Balances multiple priorities
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit - Own it
    • Takes initiative, doesn't wait for direction - Builds for the future - Takes personal ownership and accountability - Is resourceful in getting things done
  • Collaborative - No "I" in Tory
    • Is self-aware and open-minded - Integrates the perspectives of others - Is direct but respectful - Communicates cross functionally - Knows when to get people involved and when to make a decision - Takes an inclusive approach
  • Client & Brand Focus - Put yourself in Tory's shoes
    • Passionate about the brand and the work - Creates a transformational client experience - Makes decisions in the best interest of the company and our customers - Focuses on internal and external customers
  • Live the Values - Being "Buddy"
    • Keeps the "Buddy Values" alive (Kindness, humility, warmth, honesty, loyalty, compassion, integrity, and passion) - It's not just what you do, but how you do it - Contributes to a positive and productive environment
  • Functional Expertise - Know Your Stuff
    • Has the skills necessary to perform the job - Keeps current on trends, skills, and practices - Puts learning into practice
  • FOR PEOPLE MANAGERS: Team Builder - It's all about "We"
    • Sets team goals and roles - Develops, motivates and empowers - Delivers constructive and encouraging feedback - Holds people accountable for results - Recognizes high performance
  • FOR PEOPLE MANAGERS: Change Leader - Change is the essence of life
    • Challenges the current point of view - Puts changes in context for the team - Executes changes that impact the business - Is proactive and positive - Listens to and keeps the team up to speed

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tory Burch LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy) or sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability or membership in any other protected class under applicable law. Likewise, we will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, Ordinance No. 184652. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Disability Accommodation

Tory Burch is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. If you require assistance or an accommodation with the hiring process, please contact .

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