Product Development Manager (Apparel)



Vernon Hills, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Who We Are:

Founded in 2009, Reformation is a revolutionary lifestyle brand that proves fashion and sustainability can coexist. We combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs with sustainable practices, releasing limited-edition collections for individuals who want to look beautiful and live sustainably. Setting an example for the industry, Reformation remains at the forefront of innovation in sustainable fashion—running the first sustainable factory in Los Angeles, using deadstock and eco fabrics, tracking and sharing the environmental impact of every product, and investing in the people who make this revolution possible. The brand has also established itself as a pioneer in retail innovation, developing an in-store tech concept that brings the best of its online experience to its physical doors.

We are a future focused organization committed to the belief that the problems facing our planet and society can be solved through innovation, common sense and education. Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're #2.

Here at Ref, we put people first. We know that you can't innovate and do cool stuff without having everyone on board. So we work to create a culture where everyone feels like they belong and where their voices are truly valued. We build an inclusive culture together and make a real impact along the way.

Product Development Manager

Reformation is seeking a Product Development Manager to manage various aspects of Product Development to Pre-Production Management. This position will be responsible for maintaining the development and quality of assigned styles by being the key liaison among the Designer/Merchandiser, Production and Supplier. The Product Development manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the product development calendar, execution of the product, cost and on-time delivery. We are looking for someone who is detail oriented and proactive with an interest in sustainability.

What you'll do:

  • Manage the PD team and pattern team to meet department’s deliverables
  • Manage, implement best practice for development initiatives
  • Collaborate on innovative solutions to bolster the future of the business
  • Apply knowledge of fabrication, treatments to meet design vision, merchant requirements, and company financial goals
  • Monitor and maintain the development communication with cross functional teams
  • Maintain style Bill of Materials within the company’s PIM system throughout the lifecycle of the product
  • Review and communicate design, fit and construction comments with the pattern team and maintain the seasonal style design comment sheet at each sample stage
  • Monitor & track the samples, trims, fabric, color and treatment development approvals to/from Suppliers and internal communication
  • Manage (in conjunction with Sample Development Manager) the sample production cycle to secure on time sample delivery
  • Responsible for costing negotiations with the Suppliers to meet or exceed margin targets
  • Ensure that all product information is accurate in PIM system at all times during lifecycle of the product
  • Work with the Compliance team each season to ensure the product meets Reformation & Global laws and standards.
  • Work with the Production team each season to ensure that each style is production line appropriate.
  • Work with Fit Tech to prioritize and maintain fit approval schedule

What you'll need:

  • 5+ years experience in an apparel product development or similar role
  • Extreme attention to detail and maintaining accuracy
  • Strong organizational skills and an obsession with efficiency
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of development and production process
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)

Benefits & Perks:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance for eligible employees
  • Paid vacation, sick, holidays & volunteer time-off for eligible employees
  • Mission based company + casual and entrepreneurial work environment
  • Clothing discount, dog-friendly office, company events + parties and much more
  • 401K with company match

The Reformation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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