Product Development Associate resume example with 12+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Well-rounded artistic professional with a strong background in Product Development any Buying. Extremely familiar with the complete product creation life cycle, from initial concept to retail sale.

  • Apparel styling techniques
  • Strong market knowledge
  • Vendor relations
  • Superior communication skills
  • Strong creative design skills

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Self-motivated professional
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Professional photo shoot experience
  • High-profile brand exposure
Played a key role in growing twol small fashion brands and creating several best selling collections. Traveled to Europe for international trend research and theme inspiration.
2014 to Current Product Development Associate Nestle International | Long Branch, NJ,
  • Sourcing and managing all raw materials in addition to evaluating cost of all components
  • Responsible for all overseas development and management of development calendar to meet all sales and meeting deadlines
  • Collaborate with sales to meet with buyers when necessary to present new assortment
  • Review and approve all incoming samples before passing off to sales team
  • Maintain amicable relationships with all overseas partners
  • Develop/Design new styles for clients to help grow company business
  • Research and prepare all trend analysis and reports for internal design team, sales, factories and clients
  • Participate in all product review meetings, including board review and pre-costing reviews
2012 to 2013 Merchandiser The Scoular Company | Sarasota, FL,
  • Partner with Senior Merchants to create line assortment for North American Full Price stores
  • Responsible for preparing weekly sales reports in addition to analyzing financial performance
  • Keep track of all style changes, cancellations, unit shortages
  • Liaise with Visual Team to prepare floor set walk throughs and window presentations
  • Prepare product knowledge cards for retail stores
  • Partner with marketing team to secure each season's visual and marketing strategy
  • Partner with planning to conduct delivery and end of season recaps, monitoring inventory replenishment with open-to-buy as well as weekly performance indicators through sales, sell thru, product line productivity and inventory levels
2011 to 2012 Associate Buyer Aldi | Elmira, NY,
  • Evaluated samples and initiated purchase of products
  • Analyzed market trends to develop merchandise assortment
  • Provided analysis to support and develop seasonal key item strategies
  • Negotiated with vendors with established limits to obtain most favorable prices to achieve sales objectives
  • Coordinated all aspects of purchase order management, PO entry, revision and re-order
  • Established initial pricing, style descriptions codes and product knowledge
  • Liaised with in house design department and external agencies on product designs, packaging and concepts
  • Defined quality requirements and laboratory testing for all products for vendors
  • Managed order placement and tracking to ensure timely receipt of merchandise
  • Analyzed financial performance to ensure sales goals were met while taking appropriate corrective action when necessary
2008 to 2011 Buyer/Merchandiser | City, STATE,
  • Partnered with Senior Buyer to create merchandise mix for junior's apparel e-commerce and wholesale line
  • Developed marketing strategies to expand brand awareness and increase sales revenue
  • Generated and analyzed weekly selling report to identify top and weak sellers
  • Monitored industry trends and evaluated competition
  • Managed wholesale website and worked closer with buyers to initiate and complete purchases
  • Worked closely with photography, graphic artist, web designers and marketing teams to communicate brand message and ensure consistency
  • Partnered with creative team to manage selection of catalog images for web and provide feedback during and after photo shoots
  • Proactively sought out new opportunities to grow the business and develop new relationships with vendors, wholesale customers, magazines, stylist and bloggers
Expected in Bachelor of Arts | History University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA GPA:
Expected in Master of Arts | Art History California State University, Los Angeles, CA GPA:
 E-commerce, Fashion Styling, Creative Direction, Social Media Marketing, Market Analysis, Trend Research, Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Microsoft Word, Order Management, Organizational Skills

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School Attended

  • University of Southern California
  • California State University

Job Titles Held:

  • Product Development Associate
  • Merchandiser
  • Associate Buyer
  • Buyer/Merchandiser


  • Bachelor of Arts
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