Job Description

Job Code : DesPrdMger - Product Development Manager Lead Designer Position filled
Location : West Mississauga
Starting Date : Spring 2015
Salary : $80-100k 1 yr contract
Description :

Develop several product lines at varying market tiers simultaneously from conception to final production.
• Starting with Initial Cad/Concepts
• Potential travel to US for market research
• Develop technical specs for factories
• Select appropriate factories/source as needed
• Work with factories to develop final and approved samples
• This may include some travel overseas for sourcing and sample development with factories
• In some instances products will require new packaging, so it may be necessary to design and develop functional and suitable packaging.
• Cost negotiating to achieve desired price point and margin structure
• Assist with the buy plan, working with the sales team to arrive at a required inventory level
• Work with the purchasing department as buys are placed, furnishing them with costs, factory information and other details as needed
• Review and approve final production of all product

Liaise with Major Brand Licensors in regards to:
• Themes and Direction
• Concept Approval
• Final Sample Approval

Work with Major Department Stores and Chain Stores for Branded/Private Label Programs:
• Work within the brands direction in creating new and desired products.
• Develop items or lines from conception to production
• Following pricing and margin structures

Work with Sales in the Marketing of Your Product Lines
• Support sales with marketing materials such as line sheets, catalogs, brochures etc.
• Supplementing sales and marketing tools with inventory (requires use of internal operating systems)
• Catalogs are developed twice annually for major brands and are updated throughout the year as needed.
• Photography and related photo touch ups for product shots used in line sheets and catalogs
• Create, maintain and print order forms for catalogs
• Support sale at different tradeshows and key sales meetings throughout the year.

Skills :

COMMUNICATION
? Work with buyers to present lines and establish and execute plans
? Regular meetings and communication with Buyers
? Communicate with with key vendors as required
? Provide continuous direction and guidance for Product Developer’s special focus department to ensure consistency in the brands

OTHER
? Adhere to calendar timelines to ensure all product deadlines are achieved
? Flexibility to travel
? Special projects as determined

REQUIRED SKILLS

? Keen eye for designing/developing and editing styles products
? Excellent Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop skills for Technical Design
? Knowledge of Men’s leather accessories construction & factory development & production
? Knowledge of leather construction, print packaging finishes and techniques
? Excellent communication and presentation skills
? Strong organizational and initiative skills
? Ability to multi-task and prioritize
? Excellent time management and project skills
? Must work well in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
? Detail oriented, and able to work with minimal supervision
? Motivated self-starter and team player
? Flexible to work overtime when required

PREFERRED

? Post-secondary degree or diploma
? Minimum 5 years work experience in Man\'s leather Accessory industry
? Retail knowledge and product/technical development experience
? Design/Brand/Development Management experience