Sr. Manager, Product Development - Women's Bottoms, Suiting, and Denim - Banana Republic

WHO WE ARE:

Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories vertical specialty retail organization focused on delivering versatile, contemporary classics designed for today with style that endures. We outfit those who see every day as full of opportunity and seek to make the most of every moment. At Banana Republic, we believe in seeing life a little differently, taking it all in, adding to it and making it your own. We live with style.

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Senior Manager of Product Development supports and enables the product line creation by partnering cross-functionally to communicate, and execute to merchandise strategies and financial targets. They work closely with local teams in New York as well as Sourcing and Product Development partners in Asia to deliver on product design and brand aesthetic while effectively managing average unit cost.

  • Implement and execute category product development strategies that align with global sourcing and vendor strategies.
  • Understand product development implications on merchandising and design-driven product decisions based on category or vendor strategies and nuances.
  • Leverage technical knowledge and leadership support to troubleshoot and resolve issues that are unique in nature and may require a novel approach.
  • Drive communication between brand teams and Asia-based product teams to ensure strategic business alignment and optimal responsiveness.
  • Understand divisional and cross-functional goals and work with team to execute supporting strategies.
  • Work with leadership to communicate upfront Brand costing and strategy goals to Category Sourcing teams.
  • Understand and work with cross-functional teams to provide costing guidance to ensure financial targets are met.
  • Manage development metrics set for global brand.
  • Manage seasonal and monthly booking processes, in addition to supporting in-season product management.
  • Drive responsive strategies by working cross-functionally to identify fabrics for rapid response and test and respond.
  • Drive fabric strategies by developing product to meet fabric expectations and providing recommendations on fabrics to platform, position, and leverage.

55 THOMAS STREET

10013

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Global Product Development- strong experience in driving global product development and understands design, merchandising, and vendor/category management
  • Problem Solver- can proactively solve problems and effectively manage multiple challenges.
  • Global Business Acumen- experience executing on multi-year operational goals, incorporating knowledge of production trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity, production cycle timeline, fabric and garment construction, and retail math.
  • Team Leadership- experience managing direct reports, and some experience managing a global team (direct and dotted line relationships)
  • Collaboration- Proven ability influencing and making decisions cross-functionally in a matrix environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial.
  • Personal Leadership- demonstrated executive presence, presentation, influencing, and collaboration across a leadership team.
  • Change Leadership- experience leading with and without authority to influence others and drive decision making.
  • Learning Agility- demonstrated curiosity, motivated to learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Resourcefulness- experience in managing dynamic projects that require the ability to flex as obstacles are presented.
  • Talent Builder- proven track record of assessing, attracting, developing best-in-industry teams.

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