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Senior Manager, Product Development

Fashion Nova
Vernon, California
Closing date
11 Mar 2023

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Senior Manager
Fashion Nova is an inclusive fashion-forward and trend-driven apparel and lifestyle brand that celebrates all dimensions of confidence. We use our platform to spread positivity with brands for women, men, curve, luxe, sport, swim, beauty, and kids. We are obsessed with creating the best experience available for our customers and employees.

Fashion Nova was built on the backbone of individuality and inclusiveness. Our brands are worn and celebrated worldwide by customers, celebrities, and influencers because of our uniquely creative and talented employees.


The Senior Manager, Product Development is responsible for leading the research and development of the category. You are expected to research, counter, and develop customer appropriate styles make sure that product conforms to the standards of the company, target pricing, lead-time, quality, preform extensive research in advertising the product, research competition, check opportunities in their product categories, and apply the necessary improvements to make their products better than the competitor's product. You will also manage innovation from the current vendor based while adding new vendors to increase vendor capabilities and pricing structures.

  • Manage all new development and counter development of styles in their category
  • Manage and monitor the execution of the business strategy and plans for the Apparel business ensuring quality products are consistently developed and delivered
  • Build, manage, and maintain Development Time and Action Calendars for all developed apparel products across each factory and country
  • Analyze all price quotes and work with production team to ensure target costs are achieved and understand fabric, trim and yarn costs and how they impact final garment costs
  • Monitor daily status of developed products including fabrics, lab dips, samples, trim, wash, and technical design. Must fully understand garment-manufacturing process to ensure compliance to all lead times
  • Approve all fabrics & yarns for appearance, quality, weight, and hand-feel, using standard guidelines and technical knowledge
  • Develop denim washes and understand wash band ranges
  • Approve proto samples for style details, trim, wash, artwork, and construction
  • Manage workflow from counter samples/initial sketch through final placement of styles
  • Manage pre-production approval process of all fits, strikes offs, patterns trims, and technically correct lab dips
  • Establish and manage tracking tools for all products in development through final production
  • Keep up on daily communication with overseas offices and factories
  • Build, train and manage product development team based on business growth by department
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners in buying and marketing to communicate and educate product knowledge, ensure successful line launches and receive feedback for continued improvements
  • Travel to factories, comp shopping, trade shows as necessary to execute and follow through on brand strategies
  • Analyze business results and competitor trends and adjust future product assortments as necessary to maximize sales, profitability, and inventory turns, while maintaining brand integrity standards
  • Develop and manage the product calendar for seasonal deliveries and special events
  • Organize and prioritize weekly workload for self and team

  • Basic understanding of Google Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Must have excellent time-management and organization skills, consistently achieving deadlines
  • Strong follow-up and negotiation skills
  • Team player and open to dialogue
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in person and via email
  • Attention to detail
  • High ability to work both independently and collaboratively, efficiently, and quickly with superior quality
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and pivot projects in a dynamic environment
  • Flexible thinker with the ability to make sound independent decisions
  • AFA or AA in Fashion Merchandising, Business, or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • English, additional language(s) an advantage
  • Schedule of this position: Monday - Friday | Core business hours | Onsite

  • Formalized career paths
  • Flat management platform
  • Manager Training Academy
  • Creative Development Internship Program
  • Fashion Nova Cares Program
  • Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401k match, with immediate vesting upon eligibility
  • Stocked kitchens with gratis snacks and drinks
  • Weekly catered lunches
  • Summer Fridays at Headquarters
  • Team bonding events and programs
  • Employee discounts

Fashion Nova, LLC, and subsidiaries thereof, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are steadfast in our commitment to equal employment opportunities and pledge that these objectives are reflected in all aspects of our daily operations. We will continue to recruit, hire, train, and advance in employment qualified individuals in all job titles without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, criminal history, or status as an individual with a disability; and shall not discriminate against any individual, any such characteristic, nor any other classification protected by local, state and|or federal law.


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