Product Development Manager Jewellery & Eyewear

Florence, Italy
Closing date
25 Mar 2024

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At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities.


The Product Development Manager Jewellery & Eyewear will have accountability and act as the main point of contact for the assigned category. They will lead the delivery of the Collection in line with the design brief whilst managing the budget and critical path.


  • Build and maintain a close working partnership with Design to develop the collection from initial concept through to finished product
  • Act as the technical partner for design, providing feedback on technical feasibility, brainstorming ideas and solutions to ensure the design vision is translated into product
  • Build and manage the critical path from concept to pre-production with design and manufacturers. Ensuring deadlines are adhered to and follow up on all prototype/sample issues to resolve and drive to completion. Identifying, calling out and making recommendations to mitigate any risks/challenges identified at all stages
  • Manage the budget for the collection, ensuring product costs meet margin requirements and the overall collection is delivered within budget
  • Manage all vendor relationships for the collection, working with manufacturers to negotiate and calculate costs for prototypes & samples
  • Attend production meetings and ensure smooth hand off to Production of all products
  • Work closely with the Product Engineering teams while developing the collections for product testing to relevant standards, leveraging their technical knowledge and negotiating any aesthetic changes to protect the design vision
  • Ensure all samples deliveries are on time to showrooms prior to sales presentation


  • Technical capability and product knowledge with ability to confidently influence the Design team and provide on the spot solutions in:
  • Knowledge of metals creation and galvanic processes; jewellery and eyewear industry regulatory knowledge; semi-precious stone, crystal, glass & pearl materials knowledge;
  • Experience managing a licensing partnership
  • Experience managing vendor relationships and operational knowledge of factories, delivering clear briefs, leveraging relationships to meet demands and negotiating costs
  • Able to build and manage a budget with commercial awareness and understanding of product cost, achieving a balance between creativity and commercial implications throughout the product development process
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to negotiate with credibility, share information effectively, and work confidently at all levels and with cross functional teams
  • In depth knowledge of fashion and products in relevant category -'fashion sensibility' - knowledge of trends, the market, the luxury consumer and peer awareness
  • Computer skills: PLM, excel, InDesign
  • Fluency in English and Italian


Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

Posting Notes: Italy || Not Applicable || Florence || PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT || NO DEPARTMENT - FPT9017 || n/a ||


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