High performing proefessional with a proven ability leading new product development from concept to production. Adept with aligning teams with strategies, visions and timelines. Creative problem solver that anticipates challenges and analyzes risk in order to prepare for and prevent delays in deliverables. Possess excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service mindset.
• Product Development
• Project Management
• Process Improvement
• Cost Management
• Complex Problem Resolution
• Tactful Negotiation
• Calendar Management
• Technical Acumen
Streamline and deploy strategic capabilities for raw materials. Coach Design, Merchandising and PDC to support raw material decision making (e.g. fabric rationalization and developments, fabric commonality).
Continuously improved efficiencies through analyzing gaps and weaknesses in the product development process; implemented effective solutions to increase productivity. Developed and implemented standardized global business processes to service merchandising, design and art on one single global PLM platform. Facilitated business operations by communicating with stakeholders across the business to coordinate and prioritize all objectives and solutions to steer future business decisions.
Acted as the trailblazer and first product development manager setting the standard for performance and directing the full development lifecycle, including concept design, feature definitions and production support.. Determined the cost feasibility by calculating internal cost breakdowns and directing FOB and gross margin targets to achieve company financial goals. Directed and monitored the approval process for proto samples, sales samples and all components to ensure timely arrival of all items to the showroom. Managed style/vendor pre-allocation to maximize fabric and MOQ/MCQ opportunities. Governed factory performance by overseeing the development of costs, lead-time and quality. Provided high-level guidance on sourcing strategies through strong technical/functional knowledge.
Lead the approval of new concepts, artwork, new trims, print and art techniques, fabrications and overall aesthetics of products. Set standards and tolerance levels for prints, graphics and trim artwork according to seasonal demands. Prioritized competing demands to support the business and accelerated submit and sample delivery (art punches, strike offs, fits, size sets, PP samples, etc.) to maintain or expedite production schedules. Oversee the creation and maintenance of Bill of Materials/CC charts. Directed, trained, and coached direct reports to be product experts with succession planning and regular performance reviews to address growth and development.
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