Director, Product Development Non-Apparel and Hardlines
Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by Hot Topic
We're on the hunt for a Director of Production and Product Development to drive the design, development & production of pop culture inspired Non-Apparel & Hardlines product within the Hot Topic Inc brands. Categories include hand bags/home goods/head & hand/jewelry and more non- apparel items. It takes a village, and you will be the person bringing it all together. The result: amazing product that our customers love.
You'll be responsible for working closely with key cross-functional teams including merchandising/licensing teams and apparel team counterparts while leading and building a team from concept to commercialization of the product in alignment with goals for all Hot Topic Brands.
WHAT YOULL DO
Responsible for executing to strategic initiative for non-apparel/hardline categories
Guide the design & creative process to ensure that product meets HT Inc customer needs while meeting licensor requirements
Oversee sampling process-preproduction, trims, photo samples and top of production, focusing on COGs, Quality and On Time Delivery
Manage the product lifecycle process/calendar for non-apparel/hardlines categories
Maintain a clear understanding of Licensing requirements based on contractual requirements by the Licensors and produce accordingly
Monitor and take action on pre-season and in-season challenges in partnership with cross-functional teams; Strategize with Merchants on exceptions management issues (late deliveries, quality issues or revised costs)
Develop strong vendor Matrix and risk management strategies as they arise, develop vendor scorecard and maintenance
Implement strategies according to plans, monitor progress and make the necessary adjustments to achieve objectives
Set, align and communicate departmental goals, convey positive and realistic expectations to the team
Analyze business management reports and make recommendations to help drive business results
Lead and coach staff to help meet functional and financial goals, monitor employee performance, provide feedback and develop team through formal and on-the-job training
WHAT YOULL NEED
7-10 years in product development in vertical retail and E-comm companies
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Geek knowledge a plus!
Extensive background in CPG
Understanding of design and manufacturing of non-apparel/hardlines categories (International factories)
Expert influencing & negotiating skills