junior product developer


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

  • Support Product Developer with determination of margin targets for styles, based on margin targets per product group provided by Product Development lead and retail prices as set by Merchandising
  • Liaise with Design for initial sourcing initiatives (e.g. sourcing trips) during Global Creative Research, with the objective to foster innovation and ensure competitive price points, under supervision of (Senior) Product Developer
  • Collaborate with textile agents and mills regarding new fabric and trim- trends and make (initial) selection for Design
  • Support (Senior) Product Developer in advising Design during development process regarding cost implications and providing call-outs regarding quality risks to the product
  • Assist in product management throughout the development process, by attending key meetings (e.g. raw materials meeting, proto review, final price meeting, SMS review), and advising on possible improvements of product and margins , and signing off (pre production) samples
  • Support (Senior) Product Developer in negotiating FOB prices with Direct Vendors and Buying Office throughout the development and production process, ensuring margins are maintained for actual order quantities
  • Review and monitor bulk orders with Buying & Planning to ensure timeliness of style bookings for bulk delivery and advise on pre-booking of raw materials
  • Send vendor requests for protos and SMS to vendors, elaborate on requests during handover, and manage escalation of issues during (bulk) production in collaboration with (Senior) Product Developer
  • Responsible for production process follow up by tracking WIP chart, and act on or make call-outs regarding production issues with the objective to ensure quality and timeliness of the product, and inform buying & planning on reasons of delay where necessary
  • Involved in risk assessment with Central Quality Assurance team, by providing test reports and washing criteria obtained from vendors and requesting additional testing
  • Ensure accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of data in PLM (e.g. BOM, prices), by continuously updating the system
  • Provide analyses and reporting on KPIs related to product development (e.g. margins, vendor performance, and sustainability targets)

Key Activities

  • Sourcing for development
  • Design advisory
  • Product management
  • Vendor management
  • WIP follow-up
  • Reporting
  • Information maintenance
  • Ad hoc

Reporting Line

  • Manager Product Development

Position Requirements

  • Technical product knowledge
  • Negotiation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical mindset
  • Understanding of production processes

Coordination Points

  • Design
  • Technical Development
  • Product Merchandising
  • Buying & Planning
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Central Quality Assurance
  • (Direct) Vendors
  • Buying Offices
  • Trim team