Innovative Product Development Leader with more than 11 years working in cross-functional environments in the U.S. and abroad to strengthen product integrity and improve speed to market. Exceptional negotiation, written and oral communication skills.
Global and strategic sourcing
Quality assurance and control
Cost and lead-time reduction
Unsurpassed work ethic
Achieved adoption rate of 65% compared to 50% brand average at URBN.
Grew 60-90 day lead-time bucket by positioning piece goods for chase product at URBN.
Slashed garment FOB costs by 10% over year prior at URBN.
Formulated an inclusive new vendor on boarding manual reference guide for Target's Strategic Sourcing Department.
06/2014 to Current
Product Development ManagerURBN, Inc. － Philadelphia, PA
Manage all phases of the development cycle from initial concept through fit approval and production hand-off.
Oversee factory allocation and sourcing strategy.
Evaluate prototype samples with an eye for critical aesthetic points and cost engineering opportunities, partnering with Tech Design in preparation for Design reviews.
Conduct weekly design review meetings to ensure on-time delivery for key development and production samples.
Reduced development charges by 30% by utilizing stock piece goods and trims for prototypes whenever possible.
Consolidated current mill matrix down 20% to focus on strategic partnerships and cost leveraging through volume.
Reduced production lead-time by 14 days to increase flexibility and speed to market.
Introduced one new wash method per season and decreased wash costs by 10% over year prior.
10/2012 to 05/2014
Product ManagerTarget Corp. － Minneapolis, MN
Negotiated cost, product placement, and production for $280 million women's denim business.
Developed and implemented sourcing strategies to drive owned brand profitability and growth.
Negotiated all final garment costs and improved profit margin by 0.5%.
Devised and executed contingency plans to maximize flexibility and reduced production lead times by 10 days to enhance ability to react to sales trends.
Created and managed long term country of production strategies that leveraged trade benefits, and country growth and exit plans
Developed, communicated and monitored accurate factory projections and strategies.
Collaborated with Quality Assurance Manager and factories to monitor and enforce company policies.
Traveled overseas to evaluate and on board new factories for manufacturing.
09/2009 to 09/2012
Senior Product Development ManagerGuess? Inc － Los Angeles, CA
Managed product development of the $75 million apparel and accessories business and served as the main interface between Design, Buying, Production and Guess global offices.
Developed costing strategies and negotiated costs for raw materials that resulted in 0.25% IMU improvement.
Managed development calendar to deliver precise prototypes and reduced sample lead-time by 7 days.
Established and implemented product development sampling process and protocol for the company.
Developed fabrics, trims and innovative washes.
Traveled to overseas factories to evaluate and facilitate process improvement.
Developed and trained the product development team to build collaborative relationships with cross-functional partners.
11/2008 to 09/2009
Product Development ManagerVince － Los Angeles, CA
Managed the research & development process; ensured all fabric, trim and wash approvals met calendar deadlines.
Sourced fabrics and trim based on design concepts.
Prepared line sheets for internal distribution and showroom/markets.
Exceeded target margins and negotiated costing and lead times with vendors.
Managed color approval and garment testing.
02/2008 to 09/2008
Denim DeveloperRock & Republic － Culver City, CA
Designed and developed innovative, trend-driven, customer appropriate washes and back pocket treatments.
Partnered with multiple wash and embroidery facilities to create and maintain production standards.
Ensured all washes, embroideries and trims met testing and quality standards and price requirements.
Negotiated wash and trim costing and lead times with vendors.
Completed bill of materials and technical packages.
Researched global markets to identify new fabrics, techniques and trends.
11/2005 to 02/2008
Denim Development CoordinatorJuicy Couture － Arleta, CA
Partnered with Design to develop new washes for denim and non-denim product.
Scheduled the development of wash standards at multiple domestic and overseas factories.
Managed the denim research and development calendar to ensure all fabric, trim and wash approvals met development deadlines.
Maintained denim wash, fabric and trim library.
Issued purchase orders for sample fabric and trims.
Partnered with the Testing Manager to ensure fabrics, trims and washes met company standards.
Bachelor of Arts: Apparel Manufacturing ManagementFashion Institute of Design and Merchandising － Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Policy and BehaviorThe University of Michigan － Ann Arbor, MI
Proficient with Web PDM, PLM, MS Outlook/Excel/Powerpoint, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.