Product Development Coordinator

The Product Development Coordinator partners with the Product Development Manager and Product Designer by supporting the development and execution process to accomplish product development goals. This individual must efficiently and proactively work on projects that are marked with defined deadlines. This position is charged with coordinating the internal product development calendar to meet internal and customer project timelines, supporting the product development process throughout the development phases and managing communication with internal and external teams.

Made for Retail is a collection of individuals who are passionate about design, retail product development, and global production.

Our approach is simple: Innovate and create desirable products that inspire us and our customers. Our organic process is thoughtful, clever, focused and multi-dimensional in approach, leading to differentiated products with a well-curated perspective. We take pride in every product we create and strive for a collaborative and inspiring studio environment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan, oversee and document all pertinent details to cross functional partners to ensure alignment in the product development phase
  • Research historical sales data and provide recommendations
  • Plan, oversee and document all pertinent details to cross functional partners to ensure alignment in the product development phase
  • Document and maintain all details of the product development phase to ensure alignment amongst cross functional teams
  • Effectively communicate with factory partners to seek and confirm materials and finishes of products that achieve value and costing requirements
  • Print, organize, and prepare program details to ensure readiness for upcoming development cycle
  • Ownership of aspects of the product development process – such as researching specific item development facets of the product development process
  • Ownership of sending and tracking retail samples
  • Maintain and organize the product development work space and sample warehouse
  • In collaboration with Sample Coordinator, ensure readiness and completion of sample packages to factory partners and customers
  • Data management of costing worksheets received from factories within various documents (i.e. line plans and costing worksheets) to effectively conduct costing meetings with Supply Chain
  • Manage and coordinate tracking of development samples, ensuring all samples are delivered on time
  • Support Product Development Managers in the following ways:
    • communicate with factories to execute revisions to improve sample quality & aesthetics
    • re-engineer samples to achieve optimal costing to meet assortment goal costs
    • review samples from factories to ensure all specifications and construction details are executed
  • Ownership of the mock up process and coordination of samples in preparation for presentation meetings
  • Create and coordinate all support materials for customer presentation meetings, including but not limited to visual planograms
  • Coordinate feedback from customers and distribute information amongst cross functional teams
  • Identify areas of improvements in the product development process and make recommendations
  • Work with internal teams to understand production learnings in order to positively impact development of future cycles

Skills & Abilities

  • Degree in business, retail merchandising or product development is a plus
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, strong attention to detail
  • Results oriented, drive to consistently meet internal and external deadlines
  • Effective, proactive communication skills, ability to communicate effectively internally with our team and externally to customers and factories
  • Manage multiple priorities and projects and have the ability to effectively communicate status of projects while meeting deadlines
  • Create and execute project work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Team player and problem solver in a demanding deadline driven environment
  • Motivated, proactive, highly organized and strong adaptability
  • Ability to work independently and successfully managing projects and responsibilities.
  • Willingness to be flexible with tasks on a day-to-day basis and evolve role as required by the needs of the team and business

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