iLocatum

New York, NY

Product Development Coordinator

Product Development Associate

This is a full-time exempt role based in our New York, NY office.

Working hours are Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

Start Date: Immediate

Job Summary:

We are looking for a highly organized and detail-oriented individual to join our team as a Product Development Associate. In this role, you will collaborate closely with various teams, including designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and sales, to ensure the successful conception, development, and launch of high-quality products that meet the needs and preferences of our customers.

Responsibilities for this position:

  • Create and maintain comprehensive project summaries for each assigned task, keeping track of all program details such as timing, actions, consumer testing, sample requests, and product specifications (including color, size, and fabric details). This also serves as the central hub for all change requests to the manufacturing team.
  • Manage approximately 20 project summaries per day, depending on the season.
  • Evaluate all incoming samples for design, color, sizing, and quality standards.
  • Organize and label all samples in the development phase efficiently.
  • Coordinate and expedite product samples for upcoming sales meetings.
  • Collaborate closely with the art department to facilitate the upload of artwork to the manufacturing team for development.
  • Provide the art department and overseas team with links to the location of artwork and spec sheets.
  • Review artwork for color limitations and send prototypes and/or color standards to the factory as needed.
  • Work closely with the packaging department to ensure accurate packaging for all products.
  • Collaborate closely with the Quality Control Manager to ensure proper testing of products at designated labs, following the correct protocols.
  • Coordinate with the production department to validate ship dates in daily communications with the factory.
  • Review purchase orders and production forms for accuracy.
  • Assist with sample reviews, organization, and other tasks as required.
  • Manage and meet all deadlines, licensor approvals, and retailer requirements for each project.
  • Identify and troubleshoot potential problems, offering innovative solutions.
  • Maintain effective communication with overseas teams.

Qualifications and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in Textile Design, Product Development, Merchandising, or a relevant field.
Demonstrated experience in product development, preferably within the home textiles industry.
Thorough understanding of textile materials, production processes, and quality control standards.
Strong project management skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.
Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
Meticulous attention to detail and a discerning eye for design aesthetics.
Proficiency in software tools such as Microsoft Office and project management software.
Knowledge of sustainability practices and emerging trends in the textiles industry is a strong advantage.
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