Senior Product Management Associate. Women's Accessories

Recruiter
Ralph Lauren
Location
New York, New York, United States
Posted
23 Sep 2022
Closes
29 Oct 2022
Ref
32766
Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration. Any offer of employment is contingent upon proof of full COVID 19 vaccinations upon hire. Accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be evaluated in compliance with the law.

Position Overview
As part of the Product Management team, you will drive the production ordering process. You will collaborate across teams in partnership with regional buying offices. You will monitor existing processes and analyze effectiveness. The Senior Product Management Associate will partner with Lead/Head to create strategies to improve productivity and efficiency. The Senior Product Management Associate will report to the Head of Product Management for Handbags and SLGs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Collaborate with team members to drive and launch Sample Order Creation. Partner with cross functional teams to ensure clear communication on system locks and order creation. · Execute and drive processes in Production Order Management with focus on Strategic Planning. Gain alignment across teams & Regional Buying Offices to ensure seamless ordering. Focus on partnership and collaboration with team members. · Drive End to End BSR ordering. Maintain clear communication across Regional Buying Offices to coordinate and align teams to help secure on time deliveries. Partner with team to optimize lead times across product categories and manage calendar milestones. Inform manager of any opportunities to shorten lead times and drive processes. · Embed with teams to help drive PIR Process across the business. Tackle any ambiguous factory allocation in partnership with team members; Ensure costing data entry is complete for timely order placement · Identify and escalate risks to on time production; Ensure correct delay code is entered systematically. Work toward KPI reporting specific to on-time deliveries while implementing processes around escalation. · Troubleshoot errors in order placement; Focus on enforcing clear policies and procedures to help guarantee seamless process around future buys; Input and maintain system data ensuring accuracy, Connect and collaborate with key players in ordering process to problem-solve and seek solutions · Identify knowledge gaps in both Production and Pre-Production to learn continuously; Seek out resources within RL Learning Portal; Utilize opportunities for Systems Trainings to implement new ways of working and drive results · Partner with team members to attend key milestone meetings for optimal alignment and enhance connection to the products. Ex: Sample Handoff and Long Lead Time Reviews; Attend MOQ calls to gain insight to ordering process; Market Sample receipts and showroom setups, to anticipate final order needs to help trouble shoot

Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Product development or production related experience; full product life cycle, from design vision to production ready utilizing technical product knowledge and in-depth understanding of all product components (fabric, trim, print, etc.)
* Be a subject matter expert (SME) in a specific product category (i.e., accessories - includes experience in product development, product engineering or production
* Proven ability to optimize production outcomes through understanding the product manufacturing process, factory capabilities & capacity, machinery capability, and liability management. Factory visits, a plus.
* Strong communication, influencing and cross-functional team collaboration skills; ability to work closely with Commercial, Merchandising, Operations and Design Teams, as well as Sourcing Offices
* Proven ability to quickly pivot and problem solve utilizing innovative solutions
* Strong organizational skills with detailed attention to product information
* Strong computer skills; Excel (a must), Microsoft Office, and PLM
* Embody the CFAs of the RL Brand #LI-CE1

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