Manager, Product Development, Shoes

Recruiter
Tory Burch
Location
New York, New York, United States
Posted
10 Sep 2021
Closes
20 Oct 2021
Ref
R0008359
Level
Manager
JOB SUMMARY

As a Manager, Product Development, you are a critical cross-functional leader, pivotal in building aesthetically and quality authentic product while achieving financial goals.

JOB DESCRIPTION

RESPONSIBILITIES

DEVELOPMENT
  • In collaboration with Technician, assesses and approves the engineering of all new constructions.
  • Reviews and oversees issuance of all specs (BOMs/tech packs) for accuracy, completeness, quality, affordability, and compliance prior to release.
  • Recommends enhancements, construction and material options to elevate our brand, hitting financial requirements. Resolves engineering that does not meet design, merchandising, production or financial needs.
  • Coordinates with manufacturing partners and cross-functional teams to manage spec turnover within calendar to ensure timeliness in protos, SMS, and confirmation samples.
  • Manages the handover of clean specs to manufacturing partners on behalf of design; communicates daily with overseas offices and direct suppliers on questions and changes to specs, standards; assists in interpreting design needs.
  • Reviews all prototypes and market samples to ensure accuracy in execution to spec.
  • Monitors, tracks, and reports on all requested prototypes.
  • Oversees the maintenance of all standards issued for brand consistency.
  • Supervises, schedules, and tracks all confirmation samples to ensure exact execution of final design; reviews and approves all colors and materials, addressing variances with vendors and Merch team.


SOURCING
  • Works closely with the design teams on seasonal offering needs to provide options in materials, suppliers, techniques, and costs that are on brand.
  • Sources options in materials and techniques while building a tight, strategic vendor base.
  • With the team, participates in on-going factory base performance reviews, and recommends improvements to factories, vendor base, and geography.


PRODUCT INTEGRITY
  • Aims to instill quality in the product from onset of development through final production.
  • Reviews all components with an eye for quality and performance.
  • Ensures that all components and constructions used are compliant for performance and restricted substances prior to production. Works in tandem with quality, technical, and compliance to achieve these ends.
  • Tests questionable materials and treatments in development cycle for performance and compliance to prevent a lapse in production.
  • Work across various footwear design teams to ensure logo usage compliance


CALENDAR
  • Builds, manages, and flexes calendar to insure 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 team and management.


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • With design, merchandising, and production, manages liability inventories via special cuts and/or liquidation.
  • As needed works closely with design and production to resolve delivery and material issues affecting production.
  • Works on other relevant projects as required by supervisor.


EDUCATION & PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent life experience
  • Minimum 6 years in footwear product development, sourcing, and/or production
  • Technical training in footwear engineering and product development, knowledge of sourcing.
  • Exposure to the latest in materials, components, processes and concepts.
  • Ability to understand 2D images in 3D
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Strong math and collaborative skills
  • Able to work in a fluid, fast-paced, multi-channel environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed


CORE SKILLS
  • 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 talent@toryburch.com .

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