Senior Merchandiser - Product Development, Knit Kids & Baby

OVERVIEW

The Senior Merchandiser, Product Development will be responsible for developing the garment samples for the assigned product / style while working closely with the Merchandising teams of the Vendors. As a product development expert s/he will also be responsible for identifying the opportunities of cost saving, onboarding new vendors and executing the innovation agenda for the department in the assigned product.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Downloads tech pack and BOM
  • Works with vendors for development sampling and initial costs
  • Manages counter costing; Handling samples; Tracking fit approvals; Tracking lab dips
  • Monitors, reviews and evaluates vendor performance
  • Following up with vendor on system-updates
  • Manages wear-test samples and tailoring samples
  • Ensures Systems are updated with costs and details
  • Coordinates MST legacy ID communications for purchase order
  • Partners with brand Design, R&D and key suppliers to develop innovative and quality product
  • Partners with Mill management, QA and technical teams to resolve fabric or quality issues
  • Resolves issues within a timely manner while working to continuously improve and create internal and external processes and procedures


KEY EXPERIENCES
  • Merchandise Sourcing Knowledge - Experience in sample development and with offshore production exposure; in large-sized buying office or trading company
  • Planning & Influencing - proven experience in plan, prioritize and influence at all levels
  • Drive Results - ability to analyze situations and proactively suggest solutions to meet deliverables
  • Learning Agility & Experimentation - demonstrates eagerness to learn and explore new ways of approaching goals
  • Effective Communicator & Team Player - proven capability to communicate effectively, verbal and written


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