Head of Production and Product Development

Wales Bonner

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Job title

Head of Production and Product Development, Wales Bonner

Location

London, United Kingdom

Level

Executive / Coordinator

Function

Production & Technical

Posted

Contract

Full-time, 20K - 30K

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Job Description

WALES BONNER is seeking an experienced Production and Development Manager. At this pivotal point in our brand’s evolution, and in partnership with our creative director, your experience, ambition and exacting standards will complete our vision for the future.

The position will be split between the two areas, shifting according to development of the collections. As Production Manager you will be responsible for all aspects of Wales Bonner’s bulk manufacturing processes for menswear, womenswear and accessories, with support from a senior production and development consultant:

• Always ensuring that our production process exceeds quality expectations, is on time and on margin

• Creation and maintenance of the critical path from end design to final deliveries

• Overseeing fabric, trim and pattern ordering such that factories  have all materials on time

• Overseeing the garment tech and fit of products is in line with industry standards

• Sourcing of new manufacturers that offer exemplary quality in line with margin requirements, volumes and creative vision

• Management of factory allocation according to availability, quality, and viability (costs)

• Negotiating prices, delivery dates and payment terms with factories and suppliers

• Confirming order quantities and delivery dates with manufacturers

• Ensuring internal systems such as Zedonk are updated

• Monitoring progress, maintaining daily telephone communication with suppliers throughout production process

• Building and maintaining positive relationships with suppliers, exceeding expectations of organisation and professionalism

• Quality Control, overseeing shipping and logistics

• Overseeing and recruiting interns to support the process

Product Development responsibilities will include:

• Managing team of freelancers to oversee critical path - from design brief through to production

• Managing and tracking all aspects of development budget

• Product Development - researching and connecting with new suppliers that are in line with the company’s aesthetic and standards

• Factory hand-over, visits and correspondence with specific suppliers. communicating daily with mills and vendors regarding sample collection

• Tracking of trims and materials, adhering to seasonal calendar and ensuring that all orders are placed and received within the dictated time-frame

• Negotiations with suppliers to reach margin requirements

• Inputting sample collection information into Zedonk including codes, prices, lead times, etc

• Coordinating with team members to arrange pre-production fittings, managing necessary adjustments, and overseeing handover to factories such that all parties involved have all the relevant information to start production

• Development of custom pieces for private clients

• Overseeing lay plans and sampling costing sheets for production

• Technical note taking and amendments in development and pre-production fittings

• Overseeing updates of collection overview

• Overseeing production of Specs and Tech packs

• Supporting assisting intern recruitment and management

The Ideal Candidate

• Genuine passion and enthusiasm for our brand and ambitions

• Excellent time management, ability to multitask and prioritise

• Minimum 2 years of experience in production and development at a luxury brand

• Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in related discipline

• Experience working with atelier and factories in Europe

• Proven track record at delivering against deadlines and pricing targets

• 100% commitment to achieving exceptional quality

• Great problem solver with good negotiation skills

Technical Skills:

• Experience creating efficient tech sheets and techpacks

• General software skills; proficient in Zedonk (preferable) and Excel

• Written and spoken fluency in English and Italian 

Questions from Wales Bonner

  1. Why do you want to work for Wales Bonner?
  2. Are you experienced working with international and italian factories?
  3. Please highlight your project management experience.
  4. Are you experienced working with excel and Zedonk?

Language skills

  1. Italian, Professional working proficiency
  2. English, Full professional proficiency

About Us

Wales Bonner explores a distinctive notion of luxury via a hybrid of European and African influences. Informed by broad research that encompasses critical theory, composition, literature and historical sources, Wales Bonner creates culturally relevant ideas for our global clientele. The company was established in 2014, following the success of Afrique, Grace Wales Bonner’s graduate collection at Central Saint Martins, which won the L’Oreal Professionnel Award.

Afrique, underscored the signatures that would come to define the brand’s aesthetic; a focus on disrupting classical tailoring, artisanal embellishment that reflected hybrid perspectives and a slender, adorned silhouette, both soulful and elegant. Wales Bonner presented her first solo presentation during London Fashion Week Men. While Ebonics sought to represent a broad spectrum of black masculinity, via a rich interweaving of historical narratives, the collection resonated with both men and women. In response, Wales Bonner has evolved to encompass a focused womenswear and accessories offering. Collaborations include shoes with Manolo Blahnik and millinery with Stephen Jones. Further accolades followed, Wales Bonner was awarded Emerging Menswear Designer’ at the British Fashion Awards in 2015. A year later, she received the LVMH Young Designer Prize, elevating the brand to new levels of visibility.  Wales Bonner is now stocked in 23 stores throughout Europe, Asia and America, stockists including Dover Street Market, Selfridges, Matches, 10 Corso Como, and Joyce. Receiving wide recognition, Wales Bonner has presented at the Serpentine Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the ICA. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a notable supporter, as is Duro Olowu who included her work in Making and Unmaking, an exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre in 2016. Grace has also lectured at F.I.T and Parsons in New York.  Wales Bonner’s vision is expansive and multidisciplinary. Meet the Wrestlers, The Love with Which I Wash and Practice,  films created in collaboration with acclaimed photographer Harley Weir have become an evolving influence on the collections. Everythings for Real I & II zines produced in collaboration with Ditto press provide further insight Wales Bonner’s wider literary influences. Music is also intrinsic to the research process, key collaborators include Sampha, Elysia Crampton and Dev Hynes. In essence, through collaboration Wales Bonner seeks to explore the parameters of value and representation.