junior manager product development accessories


About the Company

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands, internationally recognized for celebrating the essence of “classic American cool” style. Founded in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger delivers premium styling, quality and value to consumers worldwide with a breadth of collections including Hilfiger Collection, Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, men’s, women’s and kids’ sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, accessories, and footwear. In addition, the brand is licensed for a range of products, including fragrances, eyewear, watches and home furnishings. Tommy Hilfiger, which was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2010, has more than 17,000 associates worldwide and an extensive distribution network in over 115 countries and 1,600 retail stores. Global retail sales of the Tommy Hilfiger brand were US $6.5 billion in 2015.

Position Description

The role of the Junior Product Manager Accessories is to manage the Product Development process within the different product lines for the Tommy Hilfiger Accessories business on a daily base from creative concept into pre-production stage with Design and Product Development located in Amsterdam and China and a direct report to the Director Sourcing Accessories. 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 Junior Product Manager Accessories is the key supporting figure and link throughout the entire development process from SRF (sketch request form) into SMS (Salesmen Samples) with everyone involved.

Job Functions

  • SRF (sketch request form) review, analysis, hand over and follow up with the Product Development team in China
  • manage and support Design on a technical product level, in order to meet commercial and financial needs
  • manage and support Design with material/hardware sourcing and developments
  • partner with Design and Product Development on all sample comments and revisions throughout the development process and the follow up
  • be the managing 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
  • come up with accurate product specifications and ensure they are maintained and communicated to all parties involved at all times
  • to maintain accurate and up to date Database (COF file, product development chart) on all relevant aspects that result in an efficient flow of information between PD Amsterdam and PD China
  • manage proto, sample, sms and production status, to ensure Tommy Hilfiger standards as well as on time deliveries are met
  • communicate by email and phone information to internal/external partners to resolve Product Development issues
  • create and maintain material/hardware library on a seasonal base

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
  • to be the informative link and align and support the development and production process with all involved parties (proactively owning the collection from a product development point of view) and staying on top of all ongoing developments at all times
  • to 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

Position Requirements


  • Education: higher textile education
  • 1 – 2 years working experience in development
  • International experience
  • Denim Lover
  • Used to working under pressure with deadlines
  • Solid knowledge of denim fabrics and denim production
  • Solid knowledge of garment specifications & fitting of Jeans
  • Fluent in English
  • Living in the Netherlands
  • Possesses a work permit for the European Community Conditions:
  • Full-time employment -- working hours 9.00AM till 6.00PM
  • Salary: Negotiable – depending on age and experience
  • Travel is required