Product Developer

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North West England | Ref: BBBH17695

£20000.00 - £26000 per annum


Role Title
Product Developer - General Clothing
North West
Up to £26k

Role Profile
Our client, an established and growing clothing brand/ supplier, is looking to appoint a Product Developer to join their head office based in the North West. The business supplies into a number of leading retailers and brands, therefore this newly created role will support increasing demand for more and better products. As Product Developer, you will have responsibility for managing and overseeing the product development and critical path in-line with the business expectations. This is a varied role where you will cover general clothing; menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and activewear. You will have excellent communication skills in order to manage and develop customer and supplier relationships to agreed targets including price, delivery, margin & development schedule. This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercially aware, creative and sales driven individual with strong garment knowledge to join a down to earth and supportive team/ business.

Responsibilities

  • Fully responsible and accountable for all aspects of the garment development process, making decisions and being totally responsible for managing all problems, concerns and issues to achieve workable solutions
  • Managing the critical path of the product development process of specified products / brands through from the design concept to production
  • Ensuring those concerned are aware of the critical path dates, organising key schedules and meetings in-line with the critical path, and implement / communicate any changes as and when they occur
  • Constantly working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the product development process
  • Liaising with clients and suppliers about new ranges, developments and opportunities
  • Manage all stages of the sample process from design to gold seal
  • Responsible with Design for all comments and communication to suppliers regarding product sign off and development. Give comments and approvals or feedback quickly and ensure any issues or cost implications are discussed with the rest of the team before signing off on items
  • Maintain effective and positive relationships with the customers and suppliers, visit clients as often as necessary.
  • Occasional overseas travel to factories to maintain and develop relationships with account managers and suppliers
  • Leading the production process for all aspects of garment construction, keeping up to date with technical innovations to support the department.
  • Collation of care label information to be issued to the factory. Responsible for approval of care labels for production
  • Ensure test reports are in line with customer and in-house requirements
  • Create size specifications and quality standards with our factories
  • Measure & fit all relevant garments, ensuring that all comments and fits are done on time and in line with the products critical path.
  • Ensure that product delivered is within tolerance and if there are any discrepancies liaise with suppliers
  • Establish appropriate guidelines and procedures with all suppliers for the QC and sealing process
  • Ensuring the final product meets customer specifications and in line with the correct delivery deadline



Client information
Up to £26k

Remuneration
Our client is an established and growing brand/ clothing supplier based in the North West

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