Product Developer - Manchester

Ref: 55 Date Posted: Wednesday 21 Apr 2021
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Product Developer


To develop all products for the brands in line with the seasonal timetable and to meet the responsibilities outlined below.

Using the PLM system produce first prototype spec for new design work including block assessment, creative styling, size measurements for base size and the grade. Develop designs for internal designers and any occasional freelance designers.

Arrange cloth trial and prototype testing with internal and external wearer trailers. Collate and share feedback to design team.

 Edit and update CAD designs using Illustrator.

 Produce sample reports for each prototype until sealed. Aim to final seal after second or third prototype for all commercial styles.

Produce final salesman sample spec including all fabric and trim details and colour breakdown information.

Assist in the preparation for the seasonal product launches. Tasks to include product merchandising, product styling at photoshoots, and possible product presentations. Fabric Development:

Place all lab dip work direct with fabric suppliers across all relevant qualities. Help to monitor progress on lab dip spreadsheet and confirm all lab dip work.

Place all fabric testing on new qualities with the nominated fabric-testing house. Feedback and file results.

Post product launch responsibilities:

Arrange for new salesman samples to be sent out for testing. Collate and share feedback to design team. Coordinate post tester review meeting and list action points.

Be involved in size set fittings with the pre- production department.

Support the pre–production team and ensure that the salesman sample spec is accurate before final handover of the style around the time of launch.

Progress new styles from SMS to bulk production. Conduct size set fit sessions, create comments and complete the spec to bulk specification.

Complete any Q.C. checks on bulk as required by the production team. Internal Communication requirements:

Communicate regularly with the production team throughout the season. External Communication requirements: Build and maintain strong business relationships with our product factories and fabric suppliers using clear and effective communication using word, excel and outlook.