Product Development and Commercialization Manager, OshKosh Girls

Carters, Inc - Atlanta, GA3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $100,000 - $140,000 a year
EducationSkills
Job Description:
Carter's, Inc. is the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally. They are also sold through more than 1,000 Company-operated stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and online at www.carters.com, www.oshkoshbgosh.com, and www.cartersoshkosh.ca. The Company's Just One You and Genuine Kids brands are available at Target, its Child of Mine brand is available at Walmart, and its Simple Joys brand is available on Amazon. The Company also owns Skip Hop, a global lifestyle brand for families with young children. Carter's is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at www.carters.com.

  • Collaborate with Merchandising, Design, Operations, Quality, and Technical Design to communicate quality, cost, and product needs to the global sourcing teams
  • Drive the product development process for multiple product categories, from concept to final product, within a Strategic Business Unit including the development and approval of new trims, art techniques, new fabrications and overall aesthetics
  • Fluent in aspects of apparel costing for designated product categories; collaborate with Merchandising to understand and anticipate customer needs, the cost and margin goals, and recommend low-cost alternatives that uphold the integrity of the intended design
  • Provide benchmark styles and product cost targets to the sourcing teams
  • Partner with Fabric Development and Wash Development teams to set standards, manage tolerances, and control product costs
  • Maintain accurate and timely records within designated enterprise technology systems; utilize data to analyze and report underperforming vendors as it relates to style development and product qualities across brands
  • Understand brand needs and influence global sourcing strategies; provide customer-based inputs to global sourcing teams that can be used to enhance sourcing strategies to support customer needs
  • Ensure long lead time fabrics and yarns are communicated and ordered to execute samples
  • Identify potential development, safety, quality or cost concerns during the sampling & pre-production process and alert Senior Management and cross-functional partners
  • Execute product design changes; maintain Production Bill of Materials (BOMs) to meet the desired design and quality requirements
  • Prioritize competing demands to support the business and accelerate submit and sample delivery (art punches, strike offs , fits, size sets, PP samples, etc.) to maintain or expedite production schedules; ability to approve submits with limited input from Design or Merchandising as well as support the sourcing teams on providing commercial acceptability guidance when necessary
  • Financially responsible for accurate documentation, validation and reporting of liabilities, excess fabric disposal and charges related to bulk production or sampling
  • Oversee communication for any special testing, shipping, and sampling needs for specific customers (Costco, Sam's, Wal-Mart, etc.) and escalate as needed
  • Expert understanding of the logic and lead times Specialist with the Product Development (PD) and Production Time & Action (T&A/production/Impact Management) calendars; enforce policies related to product or style change requests
  • Manage approval deadlines and ensure fabric buy dates are met; asses and balance business needs and design preferences to satisfy customer demand
  • Professional conduct and communication with matrix-based organizations and global employees
  • Manage at least one direct report
  • Anticipate customer needs and lead special projects to help meet them; perform competitor/internal product aesthetics & cost analysis
  • Occasionally perform external research to identify process improvements, document procedures and drive efficiencies and/or automation
  • Intermediate understanding of business and profitability, product margin (IMU vs. MMU), and the ability to influence decision makers
Required Experience:
5 to 8 years industry experience in either Textile and/or Apparel Manufacturing, Sourcing, Merchandising or Product Development
Bachelor’s Degree, or a minimum of 4 years of additional industry experience directly related to apparel Sourcing or Product Development
Advanced understanding of apparel design, fabric qualities, product costing, import duty rates, printing techniques, and merchandising and product development activities
Advanced grammar and communication skills; capable of interpreting and conveying international business concepts
Advanced skills using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
Strong analytical and project management skills; ability to anticipate and proactively arrive at viable solutions
Carters is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.
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