• Product Manager (Women's Footwear - Reiss - 12 month Fixed Term Contract)

    Work Location UK-London
    Product Development
    GBG Europe - Footwear & Accessories
  • Specific Responsibilities



     Clear understanding and management products within the brand(s) of responsibility
     Critical path mgt.
     Manages and ensures option guidelines are adhered to. Increase option count bought % vs. option count sampled.
     Ensure sample costs are in line with budget.Achieve gross margins

    Strategy & Innovation:
    • Understand and manage the critical path ensuring all key dates are met
    • Understand targeted margin and ensure this is met through negation of product cost with relevant factories
    • Support in building product strategy ensuring brand image is maintained and targets are met
    • Work closely with Brand Manager to ensure alignment of product stratergy


    Operations & Results:
    • Ensure all relevant sampling is available for key dates
    • Liaise with factories and China office on development samples
    • Liaise with Creative Department on CADs where required
    • Manage product price targets and RRP
    • Manage cross costing when required, with relevant factories
    • Manage processes post purchase order including testing and sampling requirements
    • Build and maintain master range sheets
    • Negotiate lead times and place official POs with factories
    • Work with factories on MOQs ensuring careful management of raw materials
    • Create and maintain product codes in ERP
    • Any other ad hoc duties


    Customers & Relationships:
    • Support Account Manager in buying meetings
    • Primary liaison with overseas vendors for Product Development from product specifications to sample approval
    • Consults with the appropriate departments or Managers on all non-routine decisions
    • Work with Quality Compliance department regarding any compliance issues

    Skills and Requirements

    Skills & Qualifications:
    • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
    • Ability to influence and negotiate effectively
    • Commercial awareness
    • Knowledge of industrial processes/techniques and standards
    • Communication and customer-facing skills
    • The ability to cope with the pressure of deadlines
    • A willingness to build and maintain positive working relationships and to share information with others
    • Determination to achieve an end result, and optimism and enthusiasm when things don't go to plan


    Personal Attributes
    • Self-starter – high energy levels
    • Positive and enthusiastic
    • Resourceful
    • Strong professionally – credible with integrity
    • Good Listener – will challenge constructively and respond well to feedback


    Must be able to use MS Office applications – Word, Outlook, and Excel to an excellent standard

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