Product Development Assistant, Footwear


As a Tory Burch Product Development Assistant for sneakers and casual shoes, you are a critical cross- functional coordinator, pivotal in setting up and maintaining style info in PDM and tracking sampling activities and outputs.



  • Work cross-functionally with Design and Merchandising to keep track of the contents of the line at the style, materials, and color levels
  • Once the design team has initiated the styles in PDM, perform maintenance by adding materials, colors, and sourcing office details
  • Ensure PDM is up-to-date at all times, according to development calendar
  • Work with manager and cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and align on content


  • Partner with S. China office and sourcing agent to monitor the timeliness of PR and AD samples; communicate to business units and PR team when there are delays; problem-solve delays
  • Check, log, and distribute to sample team all PR and AD samples from sourcing agent
  • Code and submit sample invoices to Accounts Payable
  • Manage sample flow and storage; , unpack, check, and distribute incoming samples


  • Under manager’s direction, review and oversee issuance of specs (BOMs/tech packs) for accuracy and completeness prior to release.
  • Coordinate with S. China sourcing office and sourcing agent to manage spec turnover within calendar to ensure timeliness in prototypes, SMS, and confirmation samples.
  • Execute the pass off of clean specs to manufacturing partners on behalf of design; communicates daily with overseas offices and direct suppliers on questions and changes to specs, standards; assists in interpreting design needs.
  • Monitor, track, and report on all requested prototypes and SMS
  • Review all prototypes, SMS, and Confirmation Samples to ensure accuracy in execution to design and specs
  • Assist manager in the pre-production process by turning SMS specs to Production specs


  • Follow calendar to insure timely turnover of development specs, return of prototypes, and swatches and components
  • Monitor calendar daily to promote flow of development; apprises and resolves calendar variances with manager


  • Organize samples and material swatches in the PD sample closet
  • Order reference samples (SMS or Confirmation samples) from the sample archive team
  • Works on other relevant projects as required by manager


  • BA/BS degree
  • Minimum 1-2 years in data management and product development
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management skills; ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Able to work in a fluid, fast-paced, multi-channel environment

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