Coach Inc Associate, Product Development- RTW in New York, New York
Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always stood for optimistic femininity. Today, the brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home decor and more. Polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color-Kate Spade New York's founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy.
Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio - a global house of brands powered by optimism, innovation, and inclusivity.
essential duties and responsibilities:
assist product manager in the entire product development & production process for our rtw category from initial design concept through to bulk production in:
deciding tech pack allocation and adhering to sourcing strategy
ensuring all materials used and construction details identified meet cost parameter guidelines
facilitating early material bookings and/or capacity reservations occur to guarantee on time delivery
tracking and approving all samples and color/print
ensuring costing meets IMU guidelines
implementing required testing and approving final product, components and packaging
managing all lead-time and minimum issues
creating, tracking and managing bulk production orders
ensuring factories achieve on-time delivery
partner with our vendors to source, cost and achieve margin
identify viable factories, mills and suppliers
outline cost parameters and ensure adherence
manage vendor approval process
partner with product manager to manage seasonal production calendar, ensuring deadlines are met by all business partners, including design, merchandising and vendors
track sample development metrics and costs on a monthly basis to ensure we are within budget allowances
maintain very positive and professional relationships with vendors and internal partners in an effective manner
college degree preferred
3+ years of relevant experience in production, sourcing, and product development
expertise in product development and cost engineering
strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
initiative/sense of urgency; demonstrated problem solving skills
proficient in windows-based software such as excel and word
strong ability to manipulate data for efficient analysis
able to adapt and excel in a rapidly changing and growing environment
strong ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility
Our Competencies for All Employees
Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Our Competencies for All People Managers
Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moraleand spirit in theirteam; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
Managerial Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Kate Spade is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under the consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Kate Spade at .