Manager, PD, Handbags

Tory Burch
New York, New York, United States
14 Sep 2021
22 Sep 2021

As a Tory Burch product developer, you are a critical cross functional leader, pivotal in building aesthetically and quality authentic product while achieving financial goals.



• Compiles and reviews all specs (BOMs/tech packs) for accuracy, completeness, quality, affordability, and compliance prior to issuance.
• Recommends design enhancements, construction and material options geared at elevating our brands and hitting financial requirements. Resolves with counterparts any design that does not meet design, merchandising, production or financial needs.
• Coordinates with cross functional teams to manage spec turnover within calendar, development status, and final handoff to production.
• Passes specs to manufacturing partners on behalf of design and communicates daily with HKO and suppliers on questions and changes to specs, standards, and aids in interpreting design needs.
• Reviews all prototypes and market samples to insure faithful execution to spec.
• Schedules, tracks, and reports on all requested prototypes.
• Schedules and tracks all pre-production samples to insure exact execution of final design. Reviews and approves all production materials and resolves any variances with suppliers, merchandising, design and production to maintain on time delivery of finished goods.

• With internal materials departments, and with direct sources, work to execute materials that are viable for our brand, trends, costing, and quality

• Aims 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 prior to production.
• Tests questionable materials and treatments in development cycle to prevent a lapse in product flow in production.
• Reviews all products for customs compliance needs prior to production.
• Maintains accurate compliance records in the event of audit by applicable authorities.
• Ensures internal systems are maintained with accurate updates at each development stage to ensure the integrity of the information available for cross functional partners & business needs.

• Manages 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.

• Minimal travel needed to fulfill the requirements of the role.
• 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.

• BA/BS degree or equivalent life experience
• Minimum 2-4 years in fashion accessories product development, sourcing, and/or production
• Strong organizational, interpersonal and negotiation skills
• Strong math and collaborative skills
• Able to work in a fluid, fast-paced, multi-channel environment.
• Proficient in excel & adobe suite


• Adaptable - Change before you have to
o 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
o 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
o 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
o 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"
o 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
o 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"
o 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
o 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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