Product Development Manager – Collection and Knitwear

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
28 Jan 2022
09 Feb 2022
Product Development Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

The Product Development Manager is a hands on role working directly with the Creative Director and Designers to develop all aspects of the collection from initial design through to sign off of pre-production samples. Requiring flexibility and working closely with a small team including the Stock and Merchandise Manager, Production Manager, Ecom Manager and retail team to make sure they have visibility of all collections’ development.


Key responsibilities
Manage the development process:

  • Assist with defining seasonal calendar with production manager and creative director – schedule of orders and deliveries for the upcoming season. Ensure date are followed.
  • Work with the creative director and designer for season’s presentation – deciding on styles, colour palette and silhouettes.
  • Source any yarns, fabrics and trims as required based on brief given.
  • Decide with creative director and production manager the best garment manufacturer to use for each collection/style.
  • Manage the external pattern maker for new digital patterns if required. Ensure any patterns and/or any fit comments are communicated clearly to manufacturers.
  • Order 1st prototypes directly to the suppliers.
  • Placing fabric orders for sampling directly with mills if required.
  • Visit suppliers as required and fit 1st prototypes with designer, pattern maker and creative director.
  • Keep track of all comments made during fittings, order second samples as necessary.
  • Manage final pre-production sign off, order 2x PPS: – production set and press set.
  • Keep range plan updated on system with all necessary information : costs, CMT consumptions, fabric/yarn codes, trims information, shipment dates etc.
  • Make sure all samples are labelled, dated and stored correctly.
  • Approve final costs and RSPs with the team.
  • Work with the team to confirm quantities for bulk orders per style.
  • Assist with resolving any problems that may arise during bulk production.

Assisting with regular campaign and ecom photoshoots:

  • Assist CD, e-com manager, photographer with shoots varying from campaign to e-commerce.
  • Making sure all relevant samples from collection or knitwear are available.
  • Helping CD to style before photoshoot day – all outfits to be photographed on model before.
  • Sourcing model and organising pre fitting.
  • Assisting team on shoot days.