Product Developer



Software Engineering, Product
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Company Overview:

KHAITE is a leading fashion brand based in New York City, known for its modern and luxurious designs. With a commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail, we create high-quality clothing and accessories that celebrate individuality and empower our customers to express their unique style.

Job Summary:

The Product Developer at Khaite plays a crucial role in translating creative designs into production-ready garments. As a Product Developer, you will collaborate closely with the design, development, production teams to ensure that our products meet the highest standards of fit, quality, and construction.

You will be responsible for managing product development process, attending fittings, preparing sample packages, and providing guidance to manufacturers and patternmakers throughout the product development process. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in fit, garment construction, pattern making.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Design/PD team to execute fit comments for the woven/leather categories.
  • Attends all fittings and all relevant meetings.
  • Take fit notes during the fittings and prepare for next sample launching.
  • Manage the sample development process and be accountable for generating specification packages via RLM or excel sheet.
  • Visit local factories / vendors as needed to troubleshoot, educate, and understand vendor/factory capabilities.
  • Identifies “at risk” styles, and react proactively, being on top of potential issues.
  • Follow up on emails from factories regarding comments on fit/construction/workmanship.
  • Adheres to cross-functional calendar.
  • Work with product development team to prepare sampling package.
  • Protects "KHAITE" brand integrity through fit continuity, upholding construction standards and consistency.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Proficiency in using industry-standard software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel.
  • Proficient in RLM is a plus.
  • Exceptional attention to details and organized skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate technical information to cross functional teams.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including design, production, and development, to ensure smooth workflow and timely completion of projects.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with manufacturers, providing clear communication and guidance on technical aspects of production.
  • Track workload, meetings, and deadlines.
  • Respond to departmental correspondence on a daily basis.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Strong team player.

The rate of pay offered will be dependent upon the candidates' relevant skills and experience. s.

KHAITE is an equal opportunity employer. We want to offer an inclusive environment of mutual respect where we welcome diversity and all our employees feel included, developed, and heard. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. KHAITE recruits and recognizes all types of talent and singularities.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This job description does not list all duties of the job. Employees may be asked by management to perform other duties. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.