ABLE | Leather Product Developer

The Product Developer is responsible for delivering a collection consistent with Design's intent, while meeting the business requirements for margins, quality and timeliness.

Essential Functions:


  • Collaborates cross functionally with Design, Marketing, Merchants and Production

  • Drives the sampling and production process to ensure on time

  • Owns factory allocation for sampling and production

  • Manages creation of sample specs, tech packs and corrections

  • Partners with Technical Designer to communicate prototype corrections and approvals.

  • Works with Merchant on costing and price negotiation to drive margin targets

  • Communicates daily with overseas offices, factories and suppliers

  • Attends and organizes sample reviews

  • Manages overlapping seasonal deliverables


  • Manages seasonal preproduction calendar and schedules milestone meetings

  • Coordinates with Factories to manage spec and correction turnover within calendar to ensure timeliness in prototypes, SMS, and confirmation samples

  • Monitors calendar daily and involves management when delays jeopardize milestones.


  • Tracks approvals and procurement for raw materials and hardware

  • Monitors, tracks and reports on all requested prototypes and SMS

  • Maintains line tracking documents

  • Organizes and maintains material standards and component archive

  • Ensures PDM is up to date at all times, according to development calendar.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong understanding of costing and production lead times

  • Ability to evaluate and change priorities on an as needed basis

  • Excellent communication and project management skills

  • High level of organizational skills, including detail orientation and followup

  • Proven ability to bring product to market in a timely cost effective manner

  • Capacity to analyze, compile and manage highly detailed data

  • Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues

  • PDM/PLM software knowledge is a huge plus

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