iLocatum

New York, NY

Product Development Manager

PRODUCT MANAGER

Job Summary:

As a Product Manager, you will collaborate closely with various teams, including designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and sales, to ensure the successful creation, development, and launch of high-quality products that meet the needs and preferences of our customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain comprehensive project summaries, communicating all program details to agents/factories, including timing, actions, consumer testing, sample requests, and product information like color specifications, size, and fabric details. This also serves as a repository for change requests.
  • Manage approximately 20 projects daily, depending on the season.
  • Evaluate all incoming samples for design, color, sizing, and quality.
  • Effectively organize and label all samples during the development process.
  • Coordinate and expedite product samples for upcoming sales meetings.
  • Collaborate with the art department to facilitate the uploading of artwork for factory development.
  • Provide links to artwork and spec sheets for the art department and overseas team.
  • Review artwork for color limitations before sending and send prototypes or color standards to the factory when necessary.
  • Collaborate closely with the packaging department to ensure accurate packaging.
  • Work closely with the Quality Control Manager to ensure proper product testing at designated labs.
  • Coordinate with the production department to ensure accurate ship dates communicated to the factory.
  • Review purchase orders and production forms for accuracy.
  • Assist with sample reviews, organization, and requested tasks.
  • Manage and meet all deadlines, licensor approvals, and retailer requirements for each project.
  • Identify and address potential problems, providing solutions as needed.
  • Maintain effective communication with overseas teams.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in Textile Design, Product Development, Merchandising, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in product development, preferably within the home textiles industry.
  • In-depth understanding of textile materials, production processes, and quality control standards.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail and a strong eye for design aesthetics.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and project management software.
  • Knowledge of sustainability practices and industry trends is a plus.
In-office work required for a minimum of 4 days per week.
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