Director, Product Development

US-NY-New York
Product Development

Specific Responsibilities

The Director of Product Development manages the seasonal product development process, in collaboration with a cross-functional team that includes Design, Sales and Production, to plan, create and execute product lines.


Strategy & Innovation

  • Engage in development of seasonal product strategies for category with Design and Sales teams, including trend identification, color palette, concept, category, style, costing and pricing; balance key items/fashion/basics; implement comprehensive costing and retail pricing framework to maximize consumer value; collaborate with Planning to identify and leverage previous best sellers in current, trend-appropriate assortments.
  • Execute strategic direction and product plans set by Senior Director of Product Development for each brand and product category.
  • Identify and suggest new product opportunities; leverage competitive market intelligence to gain and maintain marketplace advantages; isolate key, relevant trends for each category or brand, where appropriate; partner with Senior Director of Product Development to ensure brand cohesiveness.

Operations & Results

  • Manage Product Development calendar for optimum operational efficiency; partner with Design, Production and Sales to ensure timely delivery of goods, sales growth, expense management and attainment of margin goals.Partner with partners overseas to source vendors and products; advise Sr. Director of Product Development to help plan allocation of developments and orders and balance workload among vendors to minimize risk; ensure superior quality for goods; identify and suggest solutions for quality and technical issues.
  • Participate in concept meetings, product review meetings, including edits, board review, pre-costing and post-season reviews; Analyze costs and provide with margins and pricing suggestions. Track assignment of duty rates; create and track checklist of any or all legal requirements; verify that goods are placed in approved facilities and raise concerns to Sr. Director of Product Development.
  • Manage creation and completion of Product Specifications Sheets; properly track of proto and sales samples; Manage with Sales and Design sampling for new collections and showroom display (twice a year), and manage all Production related samples.

Customers & Relationships

  • Communicate and follow-up with internal and external constituents around the world, including customers, suppliers, vendors and licensors, where applicable; partner with partners overseas to source new fabrications, new suppliers and vendors and maintain relationships with existing partners, including internal constituents.
  • Maintain relationships with collaborators and competitors.

Leadership & Teams

  • Contribute positively to team dynamic and manage up where necessary.
  • Attract, develop and retain talent.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of individuals.



Skills and Requirements

  • Experience and understanding of wholesale Home Furnishing merchandising, manufacturing, global supply chain operations, and mass market distribution
  • Entrepreneurial drive tempered by judgment and strong leadership skills
  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills; experience managing and motivating teams
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; highly detail oriented, meticulous and creative
  • Creativity, sensibility for merchandising and customer needs
  • Knowledge of Home Textiles construction
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5 - 8 years experience in Home Furnishing merchandising, private label buying or product development; relevant experience in categories
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, proficiency in PLM and SAP preferred

GBG USA Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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