product development manager


About the Company

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of Calvin Klein products exceed $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in [over] 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. In 2003, we were acquired by PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world.

Department Information

This division consists of the following teams:

  • Merchandising– Responsible for the planning and implementation of a successful product strategy which meets the territory specific product requirements and delivers on sales, productivity and margin targets
  • Design – drives the visual creation of the product line, working closely with Creative Direction in NY, Merchandising and PD in order to bring the product vision to life
  • Product Development – drives the development process of product made for the European market. Working closely with Merchandising, Design, buying in office in Asia, and planning teams in order to deliver high-quality, profitable collections on-time to market
  • Sales – Ensure effective and consistent communication between division, country sales and retail. Supports the presentation of collections to country sales teams and key accounts

Position Description

The role of the Product Development Manager is to manage the Product Development process within the different product lines for the Calvin Klein business, on a daily base from creative concept into pre-production stage with Design and Product Development located in Amsterdam, Italy, NY and China. Reporting into the divisional VP, s/he manages and drives the development and pre-production process with all relevant parties involved (Design, Merchandising, Sales, Product Development), in order to achieve commercial product execution align with corporate goals, the calendar (critical path) and financial key performance. With an extensive knowledge of the entire product development process, as well as technical construction and execution on the product, costing and vendor relations, the Product Development Manager is the key supporting figure and link throughout the entire development process from SRF (sketch request form) into SMS (Salesmen Samples) with everyone involved.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the Seasonal Development Calendar. Ensure all head of departments are aligned with key dates and deadlines. Confirm and ensure Milestones and deadlines are kept across the season. Take into account any factors that may influence the seasonal calendar
  • Key Communicators across all stakeholders including Design, Merchandising, and Dongguan Buying office. Drive and be accountable for ensuring clear communication and interaction is in place on specific tasks
  • Be the link between all parties involved, keep track of the Calendar and manage product and target expectations (own the collection)
  • Manage the development process into pre-production along the calendar to achieve commercial execution (market needs) as well as financial goals (target FOB’s) through collaboration with Design, Product Development, Merchandising, Costing and Quality Assurance
  • SRF (Sample Request Form) review, analysis, hand over and follow up with the Product Development team in Asia
  • Advise Design on a technical product level, in order to meet commercial and financial needs
  • Advise and support Design with material/hardware sourcing and developments
  • Partner with Design and Merchandise on all sample comments and revisions throughout the development process and the follow up
  • Come up with accurate product specifications and ensure they are maintained and communicated to all parties involved at all times
  • Maintain accurate and up to date systems (PLM, LL database) on all relevant aspects that result in an efficient flow of information between PD Amsterdam and Buying office in Asia
  • Manage proto, sample, SMS and production status, to ensure CK standards as well as on time deliveries are met
  • Communication between internal/external partners to resolve Product Development issues

Position Requirements

Job Goals:

  • Control margin developments and strategically steer the product developments as well as pre-production to meet both customers and corporate needs
  • Develop, produce and deliver product on time within the development process, up until SMS stage
  • Be the informative link and align and support the development and production process with all involved parties (proactively owning the collection from a pd point of view) and staying on top of all ongoing developments at all times
  • Be the gatekeeper and problem solver of potential risks along the development process
  • Support Design with a great understanding of design, development and merchandising process from the creative concept into pre-production
  • Ability to interpret design intent and offer suitable solutions for each individual purpose

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in development/production
  • Flexible and open to travel within Europe as well as Asia
  • Excellent problem solving ability and solution minded
  • A passion for product, sustainability and details
  • Excellent organizational, communication and negotiating skills necessary
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Project management skills
  • Pro-active attitude
  • Affinity with systems Fluent in English