Job Ad Key Purpose of the Job : Partner with the brand developer on product development commercialization within expected timelines.
Ensure that the brand standards are upheld at all stages of the sampling process and partner with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that any product developed is not only fit for purpose but avert of risk and compatible for bulk production in the allocated manufacturing site.
To ensure a comprehensive and smooth handover from product development to production.With the support of data analytics, manage vendor performance and drive continuous improvement within the supply base and within your teamContinue to evolve self and skills to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the businessTo foster an innovative, one VF mindset within the teamTo nurture and manage a highly capable, agile and diversely skilled team of technical designers who are connected across functions and regions and who add value to the product development, commercialization and approval process.
To work collaboratively to deliver the Quality StrategyKey Area of Responsibility : Provide technical expertise and support to internal and external stake holders at all stages of the product development processProvide technical training to internal and external stake holdersOversee the Technical onboarding of new vendors and identifying where existing need a refreshCoach, mentor and train internal VF team members and vendors as requiredSupport factory and QA / QE teams to understand VF SOP and product standardsCarry out risk assessment evaluation as early in the process as permits, identify potential problems and make practical suggestions to mitigate risk.
Influence and own the outcome.Review and where process determines, approve samples (virtual, actual) for fit, workmanship and construction.
Communicate clear and concise comments to optimize the outcome at the next stage of the process.Make recommendations (cost considered) and review / update patterns where required.
Where sample submission is poor, video call or visit the vendor to review the sample together, discuss the challenges and agree next steps.
Issue comments / updates to the system promptly after sample review and complete the sample log book.Vendor Performance Management - Participate in the vendor review meetings to discuss sample submission performance and manage continuous improvement plan.
Attend and participate in development meetings / virtual fit reviews (live model or mannequin)Work with the brand TD, sourcing and vendor to set up and support the technical preparations for these meetings to ensure maximum outcome and efficiency for everyone.
Know the capabilities of the sample rooms and production sites you work withIdentify if there is any risk of the factory not achieving required standards, or if there are additional standards / SOP needed.
Partner with QA / QE to execute.Understand results of product related testing and support with technical input, to eliminate risk in advance of bulk productionManage effective handover of all styles to regional production QA teamsAttend PP meetings as required (risk basis)Validate patterns before sending to vendors, where neededUpdate BOMs as neededParticipate in and support new initiatives and cross functional projects.
Be a key partner for projectsSupport / partner with DPCEstablish a strong connection across regions and share experience / learnings regularlyActively identify and propose projects.
Create opportunities for the team to be involved in cross brand / cross functional activitiesTo effectively break down complicated information and clearly convey messages to influence and persuadeContinue to evolve self and skills to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the businessManage and appropriately escalate risks, issues and points of concern to Regional ManagerManage the day to day operational needs of the team as well as performance management, succession planning and support with IDPCoach, mentor and train team members as required.
To ensure all SOPs set up for the team are being executed and to identify and close any gaps.To be generous with knowledge / expertiseStrategic Role / Relationship buildingBuilds trusting and collaborative relationships with key teams across the business.
Openly seeks out individuals internally and at the factory level to share relevant information that benefits the customer, business and VF associatesDebates and provides authentic dialogue with stakeholders to achieve the shared goalLeadershipActively listens to others and exchanges ideasApplies facts and adapts own communication style and language based on the audience and situationBe proactive, effective and timely when communicating with all personnelProvide active coaching to vendors and regional team members to encourage and foster new knowledge while ensuring VFs values are upheldTo provide timely decisions to vendor to avoid potential delay or inaccuracy in sample making or productionRequired Competencies : Ability to act as a technical resource and mentor to othersStrong working knowledge of manufacturing, design, product development and merchandising processes from the inception of design through production.
Proficient pattern making skills (including hands-on experience in flat pattern & draping), garment sizing and pattern grading.
Ability to build fit block library, fully understand the usage and capableBe able to guide the team and vendors on pattern overlay requirements for comparisonWorking knowledge of Computerized pattern system () and PLMA trained eye of good fitting garment (both, on 'live' model and Fit Form) and thorough understanding of garment proportion and functionalities.
Knowledge of garment construction standard and engineering, textiles / fabric, trims, finishing (wet & dry), and manufacturing methods.
Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions, as needed.Attention to detail, accurate and articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Proactive. Solution driven mind set. Strong sense of urgency and ability to adhere to Product Development Calendar.Good computing skills including Microsoft Office, Adobe IllustratorOther Requirements : Motivated to create and manage a meaningful IDP.
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